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ORCID Registrants (250K!), Members (80+), Integrators and Sponsors

Laure Haak's picture

We are nearing the one-year anniversary of the launch of the ORCID Registry.  In the past year, we have seen the Registry grow in many ways.

iDs issued

From a relatively modest launch, the ORCID Registry now includes over 250,000 records. If registrations continue on their current upward trend, we may reach our goal of 500,000 researchers with ORCID identifiers by the end of the year! We are are engaging directly with researchers and scholars at professional association meetings, to encourage you to register:


  • add your name variants (to enhance search and link tools)
  • AND add your alternate and even past email addresses (to reduce the likelihood of duplicate records), 
  • AND link to your works using the various tools in the Registry interface (to improve discoverability).  

Look for the ORCID booth and come to our presentations this fall at the ODIN meeting in Geneva, Society for Neuroscience annual meeting, and the American Geophysical Union fall meeting. Come meet us at our fall ORCID Outreach meeting on October 30 in Washington DC. We'll be presenting at the CrossRef and eXtyles user group meetings in November.  You may also stop by our booth at the upcoming Modern Language Association Annual Convention in early 2014.


As of the end of August, we have 82 members, representing a broad cross-section of the international research and scholarly community. About one-third are universities and research organizations in Asia, EU, and the Americas.  Associations, publishers, and repositories and profile systems each represent one-fifth of our membership, with research funders making up the remainder. A list of our current members is shown here, and more information about them is available on our members page.


Over half of the individuals who have registered for an iD have come through a manuscript submission system, a testament to the importance of this workflow for researchers and scholars and also a reflection of the fact that many of the early integrations of ORCID iDs were put into place by open access (Hindawi, Copernicus, Europe PubMed), association (American Physical Society), and commercial (Nature, Elsevier) publishers.  While authorship continues to drive ORCID registration, we are also excited to see research funders, universities, associations, data repositories, and research metrics systems embedding and using ORCID identifiers. More information on how ORCID iDs are being embedded in research and scholarly workflows is posted on our integrators page.  


Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors, without whom we would not have gotten off the block to launch the Registry. In addition to support from the National Science Foundation and Mellon Foundation in the proof-of-concept stage, we have received support from numerous organizations to get us started, some of whom have provided foundational loans. We are also recipients of a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to support adoption and integration of ORCID identifiers by universities and associations. Judging by the proposals received, this will be an exciting program. Hold May 20-21 for our Spring Outreach meeting, when the awardees will be demonstrating their prototypes!