We work hard to ensure that you are proud to associate your ORCID iD with your name, and confident about using it in the systems and services you encounter. Individual ownership and control over your ORCID iD is one of ORCID’s core principles. As a user, you control what information is connected to your iD and who has access to your data. ORCID works with the community to ensure that best practices are employed in collecting ORCID iDs, and that our privacy and data control practices ensure that you always maintain control of your record.
Names are complex. The same name can refer to different people, and one person can have many names. ORCID provides you with a unique digital identifier or “name” that you can use throughout your career as you share ideas, join new organizations, or use research facilities. You register for your own identifier, use it, and manage the connections between your identifier and your work.
Anyone in the research community can register for an ORCID iD! The definitions of “researcher”, “scholar”, and “contributor” evolve over time, and vary from field to field. Rather than have a rigid, and likely incomplete, definition of who would “qualify” for an iD, ORCID enables everyone who finds benefit from using the ORCID Registry to be able to obtain and use an ORCID iD. To further remove barriers, the Registry is translated into several languages. ORCID does not charge individual users a fee for creating or maintaining their ORCID record, or exporting data. We work with individuals and organizations across disciplines and sectors to ensure that iD-holders can connect their iD to their affiliations and contributions.
ORCID limits the types of data that are included about you.
The data that ORCID collects and holds
The data stored in the ORCID Registry consists of information that you, as a user, have provided or your authorized trusted individuals or organizations have added with your permission. Other than the identifier itself, we do not require information in an ORCID record to be publicly accessible.
When registering for an ORCID iD, only three items are required:
In addition to these required fields, an individual ORCID record may include the following information:
The data NOT collected or held by ORCID
ORCID does NOT collect or store other identifying or sensitive information such as date of birth, gender, credit card numbers or other financial information, medical information, physical address, phone numbers, social security numbers, passport, or national identity numbers. There are no fields in the ORCID data structure to hold any of this information.
We work with the community to use authenticated workflows for requesting ORCID iDs and permissions to access ORCID records. This means that your iD can be connected to an activity, idea, or organization only with your direct permission. This is not only in line with best practices for data security, but also ensures data quality and enables users to opt into auto-update functionality.