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ORCID stands for Open Researcher and Contributor iD. It is a persistent digital identifier to distinguish researchers. In short, ORCID is a personal ID for researchers like ISBN is for books, ISSN for journals and DOI for articles and data.

Dhr. dr. Teun Munnik
Copyright: Teun Munnik
ORCID is an excellent scientific identity card. There is a lot to be found in it, e.g. grants, publications, peer reviews. You immediately know who you are dealing with if someone wants to work with you or apply to you. Dhr. dr. Teun Munnik

As a scientist you deal with various systems where you store your research data, upload publications and register them. In addition, you want to be able to easily generate an overview of the articles published by you for yourself or for others. The University Library of Amsterdam collaborates with other university libraries to make researchers aware of the usefulness of an ORCID registration.

Dhr. prof. dr. Paul Groth
Copyright: UvA
ORCID provides an automatically updating but also curation friendly list of research outputs and contributions. Dhr. prof. dr. Paul Groth

ORCID provides a unique and persistent identifier for researchers and scholars. It connects researchers with their research activities throughout their career.

ORCID distinguishes researchers with a common name or have publications under multiple aliases (e.g. Dutch prefixes, married/maiden name). Therefore, it provides the means to reliably identify researchers, regardless of the name similarity, name and discipline changes. An ORCID profile can list the institutions that you have worked at, the funding you received, the publications you have authored and the details of any peer reviews you have provided.

Dhr. prof. dr. André de Roos
Copyright: onbekend
ORCID provides me as a scientist with a unique identifier. Dhr. prof. dr. André de Roos

More and more publishers and funding organizations are requesting ORCID iDs during manuscript and grant submission. Moreover, ORCID is supported by thousands of institutions, publishers and other organizations involved in the research world. It has become an important part of the global research infrastructure.

On the Library website you can read more about the benefits of ORCID. There is also a video explaning ORCID and ways how to use it. 

Via the ORCID website you can easily register for an ORCID iD. It only takes 30 seconds and it's completely free.