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ORCID accessibility statement V1

June 2020

  1. Introduction
  2. What does this accessibility statement cover?
  3. What standards do we aim to meet?
  4. What are we doing to meet these standards?
  5. Where do we fall short?
  6. Contact us


ORCID is committed to making our websites, applications, tools and services accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of technology or ability.

Accessibility is a core aspect of ORCID’s vision of ‘a world where all who participate in research, scholarship and innovation are uniquely identified and connected to their contributions across disciplines, borders and time’. One of ORCID’s values is inclusivity, and we strive to ensure that every member of the ORCID community feels welcome, respected and treated with dignity.


The statement covers the ORCID.org domain along with any related sub-domains and services. Where services or tools used on ORCID.org have been supplied by a 3rd party, this content is not covered by the commitments set out in this statement. We regularly review agreements with 3rd party providers, assess accessibility within our procurement processes and actively work to improve the accessibility of our 3rd party integrations.

Our commitment

ORCID endeavour to conform to level Double-A (AA) of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1. These guidelines provide detailed information on how to make web content more accessible for everyone.

Meeting the standards

ORCID is continually looking to improve the accessibility of our websites, applications, tools and services. Our design, development and quality assurance processes have accessibility ‘baked in’ from the outset.

Key accessibility improvements:

  • Accessibility fully incorporated into the QA process New features are checked for keyboard navigation, screen reader accessibility, flexibility of content across multiple devices & browser testing via AXE.
  • ORCID accessibility guidelines Detailed guidance for accessible design and development.
  • Registry redesign (In progress) A complete reworking of the ORCID registry application, with a core focus on accessibility improvements.
  • Website migration project (In progress) Moving the information and documentation sections (for researchers and members) of ORCID.org to a new platform.

Our upcoming work is detailed on the ORCID 2020 Roadmap

Our opportunities for improvement

ORCID is focused on developing robust, stable tools and services. We are re-visiting our existing services and working to ensure they are fully accessible. Some of the most pressing issues we are addressing in order to comply with the WCAG 2.1 AA standards are:

  • Legibility
    Make sure all parts of the site have sufficient colour contrast between background and foreground elements. Establish an accessible base font size.
  • Flexibility
    Creating a site that automatically optimises it’s display whatever device is used to access it. Allow the user to change some aspects of that display to make it easier for them to interact with the site.
  • Structural
    Re-structuring our pages so that they can be easily read and understood, whatever technology is used to access them
  • Alternative formats
    Making sure we have alternative accessible formats available for all media and documentation

Contact us

Please get in touch with ORCID if you:

  • have a problem accessing or using an ORCID website or application
  • need ORCID content in an alternative, accessible format
  • have a suggestion on how we could further improve our accessibility
  • would be interested in taking part in accessibility testing with ORCID

Who to contact

Email the ORCID support team at [email protected] The support team will make sure your enquiry reaches the right people at ORCID to help you with your issue. We will get back to you as soon as we can.


  • Statement created on 15/06/2020
  • Last updated on 15/06/2020
  • Next audit and testing scheduled for Q1 2021, when we will update this statement