ORCID is an international, interdisciplinary, open, and not-for-profit organization created for the benefit of all stakeholders, including researchers, research institutions, funding organizations, and publishers. Consistent with our principles, participation in ORCID is open to any organization in the research community and access for individual researchers is free.
The success of ORCID depends on people and organizations throughout the research community using the Registry and embedding ORCID identifiers in external systems. ORCID is committed to working collaboratively with the community to achieve this vision. We thank our members for committing to the ORCID mission and their help sustaining ORCID for the benefit of the research and scholarly community.
Membership/subscriptions are for those organizations that wish to:
- create ORCID records on behalf of employees or affiliates
- integrate authenticated ORCIDs into manuscript submission systems
- integrate authenticated ORCIDs into grant application processes
- ingest ORCID data to maintain internal systems such as institutional repositories
- link ORCID identifiers to other IDs and registry systems
- support the mission of ORCID and maintenance of the Registry
Several ORCID features are available without charge and do not require membership:
- 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 their published manuscripts
- Individuals and organizations may search ORCID records and view public data
- Individuals and organizations may access an annual data file of public information, available on the ORCID Web site
- Individuals may enter nominations for ORCID Working Groups
There are four types of ORCID member agreements: standard, consortia, service provider, and national. Within each type, an organization may opt for Basic or Premium benefits, as described below. Our goal is to provide organizations the flexibility needed to become members and implement ORCID iDs in local systems. ORCID offers a 20% discount on the member fee for non-profit organizations. In addition, to encourage small and start-up organizations to embed iDs, organizations with less than $200,000 in revenue in their last fiscal year are eligible for a 75% discount on membership. This discount will be evaluated at each membership renewal.
- Standard: One organization signs a member agreement. The organization may list legally associated organizations in the agreement. In both cases, access to the Member API will be provided to one organization. Member may be listed as a Trusted Party in the ORCID Registry and is eligible for all the benefits of their member category (basic or premium). A Trusted Party means a Member that has been granted rights by an Individual to deposit and edit Record Data and/or read Limited Access Data.
- Consortia: One lead member organizes recruitment of consortium participants and technical support. Consortium participants are listed in the lead agreement, and each consortium participant is provided access to the Member API. All participants may be listed as Trusted Parties. 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 a liability addendum, and it is the responsibility of the consortium leader to obtain the signatures. Payment is per participant, and multiple categories are allowed within the consortium. Consortia of 5 or more members are eligible for a 10% member fee discount.
- Service Providers: One lead member, in general a commercial entity, becomes a premium member of ORCID and is provided access to the Member API. The agreement includes an appendix for listing customers.
Authentication Only: The Service Provider member may provide authentication services to its listed customers, regardless of whether they are members of ORCID. Authentication means use of the Service Provider’s Member API to allow individuals using the Provider’s software to register and/or log into their ORCID account, and pass back their ORCID iD to the Provider’s software. Neither the service provider nor the customers may be listed as Trusted Parties.
Trusted Party: The Service Provider member may provide additional member benefits to customers only if the customers are members. These benefits may include software to create ORCID iDs for customer employees, to populate ORCID Records, to share limited access data, and additional services such as alerts and data synchronization for customers that are premium members. Customers must sign a member agreement (to be coordinated by Service Provider) and must be listed on the Service Provider member agreement. Customers will be provided access to the Member API, which will be used to access member benefits. Service Providers may have customers with a mix of member categories. Member fees are paid directly to ORCID by the customer. Agreements with 5 or more member customers are eligible for a 10% discount.
National Agreements: One lead member organizes recruitment of participants and technical support. Participants are listed in the lead agreement, and each is provided access to the Member API. All participants may be listed as Trusted Parties. National agreements may be with any number of individual non-profit universities; government institutions; other non-profit research-conducting organizations. Terms are being finalized. Please contact ORCID for more information.
Member/Subscriber Privileges and Fees
ORCID offers two membership/subscription categories for organizations, basic and premium.
Basic Membership (US$5,000 per year):
- Member organizations may access the Member API, which supports authentication and authorization following the OAuth 2 standard
- Member organizations may create ORCID records and deposit data into ORCID on behalf of employees, students, or affiliated individuals (individuals would have control over privacy settings)
- Member organizations may serve as default Trusted Parties or delegated managers for the records they create (individuals may override this setting)
- Individuals may share their non-public ORCID data with their employer or designated ORCID member organizations
- Member organizations may access a biannual data file of ORCID public data
- Member organizations may enter nominations for the ORCID Board
Premium Membership (US$10,000 per year for organizations with less than US$200M in revenue or research funding; US$25,000 for larger organizations):
- All of the benefits of Basic membership
- Queries of ORCID explicitly shared data (*coming in 2013)
- Automated update services (webhooks) for synchronizing between ORCID record data and your data system (*coming in 2013)
- Higher allowed API requests per day (*coming in 2013)
- Custom reports detailing site traffic, registrations, and visit duration for visitors referred from member site
Please click on Request Membership below to contact ORCID for more information. Indicate in the comments box your member type (standard, consortia, or service provider) and your desired membership category: Basic, Premium, Premium-Large, and if you are interested in the Early Adopter option.