General: What is an ORCID-iD?

The ORCID iD (Open Research and Contributer iD) is an internationally recognised identification number for researchers. It is generated when a researcher creates an ORCID profile and can be used to make one's activities more visible and to simplify communication with institutions such as publishers.

Typical uses of the ORCID iD are:

  • contact with publishers
  • contact with funding and third-party donors
  • at conferences and congresses
  • in presentations
  • on homepages
  • in academic online networks.

Note: In order to be eligible for publication funding from Trier UAS, your publication must be linked to your ORCID profile via your ORCID iD.

General & Background

Why do I need an ORCID iD? How common is it?

The ORCID-iD is required if you wish to claim funding from the publication fund of Trier UAS.

Using an ORCID iD also offers you a number of advantages, including:

  • clear linking of your research activities to your profile,
  • higher visibility of your research activities,
  • simplified communication with publishers or third-party funders.

The ORCID iD has already been integrated into various processes and systems: databases and search services (e.g. BASE, PubMed, Web of Science etc.), publication and peer review processes (e.g. at Springer Nature, Wiley etc.) as well as application systems (e.g. DFG elan).

Current figures on the worldwide use of the ID can be found on the ORCID statistics page:

Who assigns the ID?

The number is assigned by ORCID - an independent and non-profit organisation. Its aim is to help scientists make their own research more visible, network more easily and simplify work processes.

For more information, please visit the organisation's website:

What does an ID look like?

The ID consists of 16 characters. As part of a web address, it can be used to access a researcher's ORCID web profile. Example:

  •     0000-0001-7260-8718
  •     ..ttps//orcid.org/0000-0001-7260-8718
How to search with or for an ID?

Search with an ID: If you want to use an ID to retrieve a researcher's associated ORCID profile, you have two options:

  • Go to the ORCID website and enter the ID in the search bar (e.g. 0000-0001-7260-8718).
  • In your browser's address bar, enter the 'URL version' of the ID (e.g. ..ttps//orcid.org/0000-0001-7260-8718).

Search for an ID: If you would like to research a researcher's ID, you can search the ORCID website using their first and last name in the search line:

Registration & Management

How to check if I already have an ID?

You should only have one ORCID profile and one ORCID-iD. If you are unsure whether a profile has already been created for you, you can search the ORCID website using the search box with your first and last name:

If a second profile has been created for you by mistake or if you are unsure about a profile with the same name, you can request a verified merge via "Account Settings" > "Remove duplicate record". If you have any difficulties, please contact the ORCID support team:

How to create a profile and ID (registration)?


  1. Go to the website orcid.org.
  2. First check whether you already have an ID. To do this, search using your first and last name in the search box.
  3. If not: Click on "Sign In/Register". A login and registration window appears. Select the link "Register Now" below the "Sign In" button.
  4. Follow the registration procedure (requested are: first name, last name, email address; self-selected password).
  5. Upon completion of the registration, your ORCID iD will be created.
  6. Fill in your profile as you wish (e.g. employer, education, publications, promotion, etc.) and specify who is allowed to read your data ("everyone" / "trusted parties" / "only me").
How to link publications to the ID?


  1. Log in to orcid.org with your profile data (email address and password of your choice).
  2. Click on "View my ORCID record" in the drop-down menu at the top of your name. This will take you to your input window.
  3. In the "Work" section, use "Add Work" to select various options for linking your publications to your profile.

Possibilities are for example:

  • "Search & link": allows you to search for publications via the "Link Wizards" of various ORCID partners. Example: Select "Crossref Metadata Search", agree to search and have your publications searched by name. You can add hits to your profile by clicking on "ID Add to ORCID".
  • "Add DOI": Linkage using a DOI (Digital Object Identifier).
  • "Import BibTeX": Transfer of publication data from a BibTex file.
  • "Add manually": Input by hand via a mask.
What control do I have?

Your name and ORCID-iD are always public and can be seen by everyone. In addition:

  • All profile content is voluntary.
  • You can determine who can see the profile content you have posted. Three options can be selected for individual or all content: "everyone", "trusted parties" and "only me".
  • You decide which rights you grant trusted parties (linked databases, publishers). The rights granted can be changed or withdrawn at any time via the "Account Settings".
  • You can deactivate your profile at any time and thus delete all stored content.
How to deactivate or delete the profile?

You can deactivate your profile at any time. All information associated with it will be deleted. Only a cryptographically masked form of your email address will be retained. You can reactivate your account at any time.

To deactivate your profile, select "Account Settings" at the top of the drop-down menu and then "Deactivate this ORCID record...". You will receive further information.


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