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Provides information about obtaining an ORCID iD and making use of the ORCID record.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Does UIUC create ORCID iDs for its researchers?

No. Per ORCID’s Terms of Use, organizations are not permitted to register for ORCID iDs on behalf of their researchers. It is the researcher’s responsibility to register for their own iD, decide on the visibility of the data in their record, and grant Trusted Organizations/Individuals access to their record. 

Will I be charged for an ORCID iD?

No. ORCID is a global, not-for-profit organization sustained by fees from its member organizations. ORCID iDs are provided to individual researchers free of charge.

I have multiple ORCID iDs—how do I consolidate my record under a single iD? 

In the unlikely event that a researcher has registered for more than one ORCID iD, the researcher is able to merge the multiple associated records under their primary iD by logging into ORCID and navigating to “Remove a duplicate record” (found under the “Account actions” heading in “Account settings”). See "Removing your additional or duplicate ORCID iD" for additional information.

What do I do if I’ve forgotten my log-in info? 

If you have previously connected your ORCID iD to your NetID using the ORCID@Illinois app (and have not revoked UIUC’s “Trusted Organization” status), you should be able to access your ORCID record using your UIUC email and password. Otherwise, you will need to follow ORCID’s instructions on recovering your account details. See "Forgotten your password?" for additional information.

How do I grant someone permission to make changes to my ORCID record on my behalf?

A researcher may grant another individual with an ORCID iD permission to make changes to the researcher’s record by logging into ORCID and navigating to the “Trusted individuals” section of “Trusted parties”. See "Add a trusted individual to your account" for additional information.

I’ve been asked to help update someone else’s ORCID record—how do I do that? 

You will need to have your own ORCID iD, and the researcher asking for assistance must have established you as a “Trusted Individual” in their own record. Upon logging into your ORCID account, you will then be able to access the researcher’s record by following the “Switch to another account” link. See "How can I help someone update their record as a trusted individual?" for further information.

What can be done to reduce the number of duplicate works listed in my ORCID record?

Importing works via Trusted Organizations or ORCID’s Search & Link wizards, rather than manually entering those works, will reduce the potential for duplicate entries being created in the ORCID record. 

However, when multiple entries for the same work occur: 

  • If the duplicate works share a common identifier (e.g., DOI), ORCID will automatically group the works together as a single entry. The researcher has the option to select which version is displayed.  
  • If the duplicate works have no identifiers in common, the researcher will need to review and group the works together as a single entry, if applicable.

See "Group multiple versions of the same work together" for additional information.

I’m changing institutions. How do I revoke permission that I previously granted to my prior employer?

Systems authorized to interact with an ORCID record are listed in the “Trusted parties” section of the researcher’s record. 

To remove a system’s ability to add to/edit content within the ORCID record, click the “Revoke access” link that appears next to the system’s name. See "Trusted organizations" for additional information.

I thought ORCID was mainly for STEM researchers—if I’m a humanities, social sciences, or creative and performing arts scholar, should I consider registering for an ORCID iD? 

Yes! ORCID can be used to keep an easily accessible record of a wide variety of scholarly works, including artistic performances. Scholars can also log in to Humanities Commons using their ORCID iD. 

Technical Questions

Do ORCID iDs meet the criteria outlined in guidance on National Security Presidential Memo-33 (NSPM-33) for use as a “digital persistent identifier (DPI)”? 

Yes. In fact, ORCID is the only DPI that currently meets all criteria established in the NSPM-33 guidance. 

How do I add my ORCID iD to a personal web page or my email signature? 

A properly formatted ORCID link consists of two elements: (a) the ORCID iD icon and (b) hyperlinked text that displays the URL containing the ORCID iD. 

To copy code for the full ORCID link:

1. Log into your ORCID account and navigate to "Account settings"

2. Under the heading "Sharing", expand "Display your ORCID iD on the web" to reveal code that can be copied and pasted into a web page.

To add the full ORCID link to your email signature: 

3. Paste the code from Step 2 above into a new Notepad file and save the file using the extension .htm (e.g., ORCIDlink.htm).

4. Open the Notepad file in an internet browser and highlight and copy the entire link, including the ORCID iD symbol. 

5. Paste the copied link into your email signature block. (In Outlook, navigate to File > Options > Mail > Signatures > Create or modify signatures and paste into the signature block.)

I’m responsible for my unit’s website—how do we ensure that ORCID iDs are properly displayed in our faculty and researcher profiles? 

First, check that your researchers have linked their ORCID iD to their UIUC identity via the ORCID@Illinois app. Each researcher’s ORCID iD will then be available for retrieval as the attribute “eduPersonOrcid” in the campus active directory. 

As a member institution, UIUC has agreed to adhere to ORCID’s brand guidelines. Display of the full ORCID iD on University websites must include both (a) the ORCID iD icon and (b) the hyperlinked ORCID iD expressed as an https URI. 

Displayed ORCID iDs should follow the HTML format: 

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<img alt="ORCID logo" src="" width="16" height="16" /> 

Additional information is available in the ORCID support article “Structure of the ORCID identifier.” Questions about the ORCID@Illinois app may be addressed to