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Protect Your Scholarly Identity with ORCID

Do you have a fairly common name? Do you publish, or plan to publish scholarly works? With the help of an ORCID iD you will never again have to worry about having to clarify what work is yours and what work is the product of a scholar with the same or a similar name. When you register with ORCID, you will be assigned a unique 16-digit number, known as your ORCID iD. The Library invites you to sign up today so that you can benefit from the unique contributions ORCID makes in identifying an individual’s research and scholarship. It will particularly benefit you as:

  • Your ORCID iD stays the same throughout your career regardless of any change in your name, institution, country, field of study, etc.
  • Your ORCID iD may be recommended or required for manuscript submissions and grant applications and may streamline submission processes.
  • Your ORCID iD is associated with your ORCID record which you can update to include various forms of your name, as well as your contact information, education, employment, publications, and funding history.
  • In addition to publications, you can add performances, conference materials, intellectual property, art exhibits, data sets, or any other type of scholarly work to your ORCID record.
  • If you choose to make your ORCID record public, you can link to it so that others may view all of your publications and professional activities.
  • ORCID is the only author identification system sponsored by an independent non-profit organization and not tied to a publisher, corporation, or government agency.

Registering for your ORCID iD is a quick, easy, and free! Read more about the value of ORCID to the Georgetown University community on the Library’s ORCID webpage.

ORCID iDs are not just for faculty – we encourage graduate and undergraduate researchers and scholars to register for an ORCID iD, too. If you would like more information or have any questions, please email