Q. What is ORCID and why should I use it?


An ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor iD) is a unique, persistent identifier for researchers that helps distinguish your research activities and outputs from those of other researchers with similar names to ensure you get credit for your work. It aims to connect researchers with all their research outputs, including publications, grants and datasets.

ORCID is a non-profit organization supported by a global community of organizations including universities, publishers, funders, professional associations, and other stakeholders in the research eco-system. Together, this global community has turned ORCID into a tool that links the many available author ID numbers under a single identifier and allows researcher data to be shared between systems. This persistent digital identifier acts like a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) for researchers that can be used to link all of an individual's research outputs and feed them to other research systems.

What are the benefits of having an ORCID?

  • It makes your research profile unique.
  • Connects you with all of your research activities and outputs
  • Eliminates confusion over researchers with similar names
  • Ensures your profile is continuous, even if you change institutions
  • It can save you time managing information about your publications and grants
  • Saves time by reducing repetitive data entry into research systems
  • May allow you to automate adding your publications to systems like Pure
  • Gives you complete control over which systems can access your information

Which organisations use ORCID?

  • The Weizmann Institute of Science collects ORCIDs  via the research outputs system Pure
  • Many publishers are now requiring ORCID iDs during publication submission
  • Many of the large indexing databases including Scopus, Web of Science and Crossref support ORCID

How do I get an ORCID?
Log in to Pure and follow the instructions in the Pure Help Guide on how to register. It is quick and easy to register and connect your research to your new ORCID. By registering via Pure you will also link the ORCID to your Pure profile. Once set up as a trusted source, Pure can claim publications from your ORCID profile automatically for you. Don't forget to use your ORCID on every research activity or output to ensure your ORCID connects all of your research.

Already have an ORCID?
Add it to your Pure profile to improve the accuracy of your search settings.

Need help?
Contact the Library (library@weizmann.ac.il) for assistance.

  • Last Updated 08-Jan-2018
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  • Answered By Joan Kolarik

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