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Our vision

ORCID’s vision is a world where all who participate in research, scholarship, and innovation are uniquely identified and connected to their contributions across disciplines, borders, and time.

Our mission

ORCID is part of the wider digital infrastructure needed for researchers to share information on a global scale. We enable transparent and trustworthy connections between researchers, their contributions, and affiliations by providing an identifier for individuals to use with their name as they engage in research, scholarship, and innovation activities.

Our values

ORCID is a not-for-profit organization, sustained by fees from our member organizations. Our work is open, transparent, and non-proprietary. We are guided by the principles of privacy and researcher control, and the vision of identifier-enabled research information infrastructure. We make decisions collaboratively, involving our staff, Board, those who support our mission, and the researchers and community that are the purpose of our work.

We take a global view. We engage with a wide range of organizations and people to ensure broad viewpoints. We strive to be a trusted component of research infrastructure with the goal of providing clarity in the breadth of research contributions and the people who make them.

We have a diverse team, deployed internationally in our "virtual office" where we strive to foster a values-based culture in which each individual within our organization and across our community feels welcome, respected, and treated with dignity while also recognizing their personal responsibility in creating and maintaining that culture. (Read our Dignity at Work Statement.)


Our strategic plan

During 2017, we embarked on a journey to explore how ORCID can optimally position its offering to empower researchers and advance the research ecosystem to drive better research outcomes. We started by imagining potential scenarios for the research environment in 2035. We considered the implications of these scenarios for ORCID and identified four core strategies:

Position the researcher at the center of all that we do
Invest in developing a robust information infrastructure
Enable a wide range of verified iD-ID connections
Develop sustainability through strategic relationships

We invite you to review our roadmap centered on these core strategies.