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Research Data Management at UF: ORCID

This is a guide on resources available at the University of Florida and beyond on research data management. It includes information about tools for data management planning, data and file sharing, metadata and data standards, and data storage.

ORCID Basics

An ORCID iD is a unique persistent identifier for researchers and scholars that stays with you throughout your career.  This helps improve the discoverability of your work, connects your works, and eliminates name ambiguity. 

  1. Register for an ORCID iD and/or connect it to UF:
  2. Connect your iD to your work.
  3. Use your iD in grants, publications, datasets, etc.

Benefits of using ORCID

An ORCID is important for addressing author disambiguation (different authors with the same name) and linking scholarly publications across multiple systems used by publishers, scholarly societies, funding bodies, and employing institutions. For a complete list of entities utilizing ORCID, see

More and more systems are connected with ORCID

What is ORCID?

Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) is both a standard and a service to help researchers establish and maintain their scholarly identity. ORCID helps distinguish researchers with similar or identical names, differences in spellings or translations of names across languages, and changes in their name or affiliations over their career. 

ORCID aims to prevent name confusion in digital collections of publications or databases. ORCIDs assign unique and persistent identifiers and manages records of researchers and their research activities including scholarly works, affiliations, and funding.

ORCID iDs are available to any scholar who is interested. The iD is a randomly-assigned, sixteen-digit number that uniquely distinguishes a researcher from all others in the world. As an example of an ORCID record, see the following (this LibGuide creator's record):


Institutional Membership

The George A. Smathers Libraries has an ORCID premium membership. An ORCID institutional membership grants UF access to ORCID application programming interfaces (APIs) and web hooks in order to develop integration with UF systems for sharing faculty publication data/outputs. UF Research utilizes the API for their ORCID site:

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For help registering for an ORCID iD or learning more about ORCID, please contact or

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