Register for an ORCID on the ORCID website. After registering, you will have an ORCID to include in your thesis, dissertation, publications, grant applications, and more. Also, ORCID connects to a number of existing databases to help you connect existing publications to your name, helping with name disambiguation and better supporting the promotion of your research and work.
For questions on using ORCID, please contact your Subject Liaison Librarian or the Digital Scholarship Librarian and UF Digital Collections team.
ORCID stands for Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCIDs are unique, persisent identifiers for scholars to help solve the name disambiguation problems by creating unique IDs and a registry for ease of linking and connecting the unique IDs in grant applications, publications, and other systems.
From the ORCID website:
As researchers and scholars, you face the ongoing challenge of distinguishing your research activities from those of others with similar names. You need to be able to easily and uniquely attach your identity to research objects such as datasets, equipment, articles, media stories, citations, experiments, patents, and notebooks. As you collaborate across disciplines, institutions and borders, you must interact with an increasing number and diversity of research information systems. Entering data over and over again can be time-consuming, and often frustrating.
ORCID is an open, non-profit, community-driven effort to create and maintain a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers. ORCID is unique in its ability to reach across disciplines, research sectors and national boundaries. It is a hub that connects researchers and research through the embedding of ORCID identifiers in key workflows, such as research profile maintenance, manuscript submissions, grant applications, and patent applications.
ORCID provides two core functions: (1) a registry to obtain a unique identifier and manage a record of activities, and (2) APIs that support system-to-system communication and authentication. ORCID makes its code available under an open source license, and will post an annual public data file under a CC0 waiver for free download.
The ORCID Registry is available free of charge to individuals, who may obtain an ORCID identifier, manage their record of activities, and search for others in the Registry. Organizations may become members to link their records to ORCID identifiers, to update ORCID records, to receive updates from ORCID, and to register their employees and students for ORCID identifiers.
Many granting agencies and publishers now support ORCID or are rapidly adding ORCID support.
The IR@UF Manager is collaborating with the Graduate School to incorporate training and support on ORCID into the training on the IR@UF and for theses and dissertations, and with the Journal of Undergraduate Research to include ORCIDs for students and faculty. The Data Management/Curation Task Force has worked with others to have an entry for ORCID added to the UF Directory. Next steps for collaboration include working with the UF Digital Collections to automatically pull and support ORCIDs and the Division of Sponsored Programs to support using ORCIDs.