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Research and Publishing Support: Author ID

Research guide for information resources on citation count, journal impact, author identification, publishing, rankings and statistical analysis of publications

Unique Author IDs

Benefits of Unique Author Identifier

Accurate identification:

  • A system-generated unique identifier ensures your work is correctly attributed to you
  • Provides a way for you to list all your works in one place
  • Find your colleagues' work easily

Organize and Manage:

  • Manage your publications list and professional profile online
  • Make your body of work easy for others to find
  • Listing previous institutions in your profile helps others find you as you move throughout your career

Increase Visibility & Recognition:

  • Include your unique author identifier number in your email signature, CV, web pages

Measure Performance:

  • View metrics like times cited counts and H-index quantify your research impact
  • Use citing articles to show the reach of your work


  • Searching keywords can help you find researchers in your specific field or line of interest to work with
  • View other researchers’ citing articles to find others in your field you may want to work with
  • A multi-disciplinary community online fosters collaboration around the world

How to Create an ORCID

Go to ORCID at

Enter your name, email address and create a password.

Click on the verification email sent to your email address.

Your ORCID is created!

Next go to IRIS and connect IRIS to your ORCID and get your publications updated automatically. See Guide.

Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID)

ORCID provides an identifier for individuals to use with their name as they engage in research, scholarship, and innovation activities. ORCID provides open tools that enable transparent and trustworthy connections between researchers, their contributions, and affiliations. We provide this service to help people find information and to simplify reporting and analysis.

ORCID’s vision is a world where all who participate in research, scholarship, and innovation are uniquely identified and connected to their contributions across disciplines, borders, and time..

More information on ORCID available.

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