ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributer ID) is a registry of unique identifiers for researchers and scholars. It is free, open, mobile, and community-driven. Signing up for an ORCID identifier and using it in your research workflows will ensure that you receive credit for your work. It can also simplify manuscript submissions and improve author search results.
You can think of ORCID as the academic equivalent of your Hong Kong Identity Card number. It ensures other research systems and services know who you are.
Unlike Google Scholar, Academia.edu, or ResearchGate, ORCID is NOT primarily a research profile system (although it can serve that purpose). In fact, having and using an ORCID iD will facilitate the maintenance of researcher profiles that you already have. ORCID is an increasingly important part of the global research infrastructure, with many funding bodies and publishers now requiring it for grant applications and manuscript submissions.
You do not need any endorsement from the University or the Library to register for an ORCID. Anyone can register directly on the ORCID website:
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ORCID is a hub
ORCID is a hub that facilitates the integration of the different parts of the scholarly communication infrastructure:
ORCID adoption around the world
California State University formally endorses ORCID for its faculty, students, and administrators (May 2020)
Major funding bodies including the Royal Society and the Wellcome Trust sign an open letter publicly committing to ORCID (December 2018)
SAGE Publications commits to requiring ORCID in the publishing process for its journals (November 2018)
Springer Nature mandates the use of ORCID iDs in 46 of its journals (April 2017)
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