What is ORCID
ORCID, Open Researcher and Contributor ID, is an internationally recognised and unique researcher ID. It will identify you regardless of employment, job title or change of name. ORCID can thus be used to link your research, activities and results to you, and only you.

ORCID records hold non-sensitive information such as name, email, organisation, and activities such as publication, grants, patents and other scholarly works. ORCID provides you with full control of who has access to your data, and what data.

The ORCID organisation is international, independent and non-commercial and has the support of established publishers, universities of repute and funders worldwide, including DTU. ORCID was established in 2012, and by the end of September 2014, there were close to 1 million registered ORCIDs worldwide.


Traditionally, citations are given to researchers based on a reference to their name. Names are, however, not unique nor consistent - this means that researchers potentially lose out on citations every day, because they are not cited correctly. ORCID is the solution to this problem.

ORCID does not only secure that researchers are getting the correct citations, it also means less administration. ORCID is increasingly becoming an integrated part of the administrative processes, thereby securing that researcher information will be reused and minimises the need for entering the same information several times.


  • Research funders requesting ORCIDs in grant application to ease the application process (e.g. in Horizon2020).
  • Publishers collecting ORCIDs when manuscripts are submitted. Thereby making your ORCID an integral of you publications metadata, in such a way that you publication can always be linked to you and only you.
  • Universities and research institutions support the adoption of ORCID by integrating them in local research databases (e.g. DTU Orbit) and offering support to researchers creating an ORCID.