The research community — researchers, research institutions, libraries and repositories, professional associations, funding organizations, publishers, and vendors providing services to each of those sectors — all struggle with name ambiguity. It affects attribution, discoverability, and integrity in scholarly communications. ORCID is a not-for-profit organization created to address this challenge. We provide a persistent registry of unique digital person identifiers for researchers and tools to embed these identifiers in research systems and processes. Consistent with our principles, participation in ORCID is open to any organization in the research community and access for individual researchers is free.
ORCID is committed to working collaboratively with the community to solve the name ambiguity problem. We engage researchers and organizations in our mission. Researchers need to register and use ORCID identifiers when communicating who they are. The organizations researchers interact with need to collect and embed identifiers in research activity processes and systems such as grant application, manuscript submission and review, research data repositories, researcher profile platforms. ORCID provides tools (APIs) and protocols (OAuth) to ensure the integrity of the ORCID identifier. We strongly urge the community to use these resources and eliminate any interfaces that request users to type in or search for an ORCID iD.
ORCID features available to non-members for no charge:
- Individuals may register, maintain, and share their ORCID identifier and associated ORCID record data
- Individuals may receive updates to their ORCID record, such as linkages to published manuscripts in which they included their ORCID iD during the submission and review process
- Individuals may enter nominations for ORCID Steering Groups and Working Groups
- The community may access an annual data file of public information, available on the ORCID Web site
- Organizations may integrate ORCID iDs into research systems and workflows using the Public API
ORCID Member/Subscriber Benefits
ORCID is funded through organizational membership and subscription fees. Members receive access to the Member API, personalized technical support, integrated application user acceptance testing, a monthly newsletter, and invitations to public events hosted by ORCID. In addition, members also may enter nominations for service on the ORCID Board. We thank our members for committing to the ORCID mission and their help sustaining ORCID for the benefit of the research and scholarly community.
We provide a flexible membership model. Please review the category and benefits descriptions below for the one that best fits your circumstances. If you have questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
ORCID offers two membership/subscription categories for organizations: basic and premium.
See a full comparison of membership level benefits
|Member Category||Help me choose|
|License||Benefit||Help me choose|
|Trusted Party||Organization can deposit, edit, and update Record Data and/or read Limited Access Data, with permission from an individual ORCID iD holder.||Many employers are using the Trusted Party license to facilitate the creation of ORCID records for their faculty and staff. Members have found this license to be in agreement with national data transfer regulations.|
|Creator||Employers can bulk-create ORCID records for claim by their faculty, students, or staff. Upon claim, individuals assume management of their record and may re-set privacy and delegation settings.||Creator agreements require the member to make representations and warranties regarding consent of the individual for whom a record is created and to agree to indemnity provisions.|
|Standard||For a single legal entity||Access to the Member API will be provided to the signing organization.|
|Consortium||For a group of 5 or more organizations||Requires a lead organization to take responsibility for recruitment of consortium participants, invoicing, notices, and basic (Tier 1) technical support. Consortium participants each are listed in the agreement and provided access to the Member API. Consortium agreements may be with (a) legally related participants (such as a university system), in which case the lead will indicate that it has the authority to legally bind all participants; or (b) with legally unrelated participants, in which case each participant signs an accession agreement. In all cases, consortium members must all be based in the same country.|
ORCID Member/Subscriber Fees
Member fees are listed in the table below. Non-profit organizations are eligible for a 20% member fee discount. In addition, to encourage small and start-up organizations to embed iDs, organizations with less than US$200,000 in revenue in their last fiscal year are eligible for a 75% discount on annual membership. Discounts will be evaluated at each membership renewal.
|License/Agreement Type||Annual Member Fee|
|Consortium||10% discount for groups > 5|
Premium - Standard
(< US$ 200M in annual revenue or grants)
(> US$ 200M in annual revenue or grants)
Premium – Consortium (Trusted Party only)
|5-9 members||US$ 6,000 per member|
|10-19 members||US$ 5,000 per member|
|20-29 members||US$ 4,000 per member|
|30-99 members||US$ 135,000 per consortium|
|100-250 members||US$ 200,000 per consortium|
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