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There is a level of uncertainty that comes when searching through research paper author lists. Distinguishing whether or not you are looking at the right “John Smith” can often times become problematic. Because the world is more interconnected than ever, the likelihood of two or more people with the same (or similar) name publishing in an academic journal is more likely than you think.

ORCID, an organization for academic researchers, aims to provide a solution to the problem of author ambiguity through the use of ORCID Identifiers. All of your pertinent personal information, as well as any scholarly journal articles you have published, is tied to your own ORCID ID. Because every ORCID ID is unique to an individual, there won’t be any confusion about who the author is.

It is very simple to get your own ORCID ID – all you need to do is sign up for ORCID. During the registration process, you will be asked to provide pertinent information such as your name and e-mail address, as well as your Scopus Author ID or Researcher ID if you have one. If you choose to import your Scopus or Researcher ID, all information that is linked to either of those platforms will then be connected to your ORCID ID.

Once you have completed the registration process, your ORCID ID is ready. You can easily share your ORCID ID with others as a URL, and anyone who  visits your URL will be able to see your published work.

According to an article from The Impactstory Blog, which lists ten things you should know about ORCID, ORCID ID’s are being “adopted by new institutions, funders, and journals on a daily basis.” Continuous growth and adoption rates can mean great things for researchers.

As the use of ORCID IDs grows, researchers can worry less about their work being mistaken for someone else’s. And even though ORCID makes it easy to share your the ID with the public, they still have your privacy in mind. As a registered user, you have complete control over who gets to see your work and who doesn’t. You can choose to keep your work public; accessible through services you’ve linked to your ORCID account, such as your Scopus and Author ID; or hidden from everyone.

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