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Frequently Asked Questions

Do ORCID records support citations in non-Latin scripts?

Yes, non-Latin script character sets with Unicode encoding are supported for display and search of ORCID records and the ORCID Registry. Such citations can be added to your profile manually or imported if the exporting database supports these characters.

How do I display my ORCID ID online?

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Use the "Display your iD on other sites" option in the left column of your ORCID profile to receive code to embed your ORCID iD. Feel free to use it on faculty sites, your website, and email signature.

How can I receive notification of new ORCID integrations and features?

You can subscribe to the ORCID Blog by email or RSS.

I think I have two ORCID iD’s, what do I do?

Because ORCID identifiers are designed to be persistent, obsolete iDs will be deprecated, not completely deleted. Data on the deprecated account will be deleted, and the iD will point to your primary record. Visit the ORCID website to learn how to remove your additional account.

What is ORCID's data security policy?

All data is protected by and regulated by the Safe Harbor Principles from the U.S. Department of Commerce, regardless of how or where it is stored.

Will an ORCID be assigned to me?

No, because ORCID is controlled by researchers, each author or researcher is responsible  for creating their own ORCID iD.

Will I ever be charged for ORCID?

As an individual, no. ORCID only charges organizations that have memberships. These organizations have different benefits than individual accounts. You can read more about the membership types.

Will they run out of ORCID IDs?

ORCID registry currently has over 4 million iDs. Since an ORCID iD is a 16-digit number there is a lot of room to grow, and this is not an area for concern.

How does ORCID relate to metrics?

ORCID does not provide metrics or a reporting interface. Rather, ORCID is used by a number of research metrics tools and providers to improve the accuracy of their data and reporting (i.e.: ImpactStory and ScienceOpen). It can also be connected to other research identifiers such as ResearcherID, Scopus Author ID, etc. to help generate your personal metrics profile.

I've noticed I have duplicates in my works, how can I de-duplicate them?

This depends on the duplicates. Currently, if the duplicate records share the same identifier (e.g. DOI) they will be noted by the system and grouped together. This is especially useful if you have brought in records from multiple sources (e.g. CrossRef and google scholar). However, if they are the same article but they have different links (e.g. one is a link to a digital repository and the other is a DOI) ORCID is not capable of recognizing their similarity, and the records will need to be de-duplicated manually. Check the knowledgebase for more information.


For more FAQ’s you can check out the ORCID knowledge base.