ORCID’s vision is a world where all who participate in research, scholarship, and innovation are uniquely identified and connected to their contributions and affiliations across disciplines, borders, and time. We provide an identifier for individuals to use with their name as they share their ideas. We provide open tools that enable transparent connections between researchers, and identifiers for their contributions, and affiliations. What may appear to be a humble alphanumeric string in fact offers crucial opportunities to engender trust and support open research.

Confidence and trust is important to us. We have put in place controls, policies, and practices so that these connections are controlled by researchers, and that the source of each connection is openly articulated.

ORCID is a community-built and community-managed organization. We have a dedicated international team that collaborates broadly to build durable and high-fidelity research information infrastructure. We are grounded by 10 principles that guide our work. These principles emphasize our commitment to being a respectful, reliable, inclusive, and accountable partner of the research community. We respect the privacy and information sharing needs of the individuals that hold ORCID iDs, who control whether their information is shared and with whom. As a non-profit organization we are not incentivized to profit from information entrusted to us. We are governed by a volunteer Board elected from our membership - organizations in the research community - who ensure that we remain true to ORCID principles.

This ORCID Trust Program provides greater transparency into the components that are foundational to our principles. Click on the sections below to learn more.

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Individual control

Our tools and services provide you control over your registration, what is connected to your iD, and who can access your information. We provide system security and protection to ensure that user control is maintained.

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Reliable registry

We understand that dependability, availability, security, and durability are required of the systems and services we provide for you and the organizations you work with in the research community.

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Community accountability

We make ourselves accountable to all who use and support ORCID activities through our non-profit status, our membership-based sustainability model, community governance, and data dispute procedures.

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Information integrity

We work with the community to enable high-fidelity connections between individuals and their contributions and affiliations. We have developed processes and tools for creating, managing, and interpreting ORCID Registry information.