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Research Identity - ORCID iD

Register for an ORCID iD

Creating your ORCID iD takes a few minutes:

  • Go to
  • Click the link register now! under Step 1 Register
  • Fill in the form: enter your first and last name and primary email address. You can add additional email addresses. Click Next.
  • ORCID checks if your name or e-mail address are already in the ORCID registry. Click None of these are me to continue the registration, or, when you find yourself in the list, return to Sign in.
  • Enter a password for your ORCID iD
  • Review the Notification settings and click Next
  • For each part of your ORCID record you can set the visibility settings: who can see it? The options are: everyone, trusted parties or only me. In the registration form (Step 3: Visibility and terms), you choose the default visibility settings. We recommend selecting 'Everyone' as the default setting. Your email addresses are private by default, regardless of your default visibility settings.
  • You must accept the terms of use.
  • Click the button Register.
  • You will receive an e-mail from ORCID to verify your email address.

Tip: ORCID recommends registering at least two email addresses to your account, for example your institutional email address and a personal email address. This will enable you to have multiple methods of signing into your ORCID account and to ensure that you’re not locked out of your ORCID record, for example when you lose access to your current institutional email address.

Add an additional email to your ORCID record

Verifying your email address

For some actions, you have to confirm that you have an active email address by verifying your primary email address. Examples of these actions are adding data manually, adding works by using a BibTeX import and changing the visibility of data that other systems have added to your ORCID record and deleting such data.

After creating your ORCID iD, ORCID sends an email to your primary email address with a link to verify the address. If you want to perform an action that requires verification, and you haven't done this yet, you will be prompted to verify your address.

In the Emails box in your ORCID record you can also click the link 'Resend verification email' to verify your email address. 

Visibility settings

Your ORCID iD is always publicly visible, and you control the visibility settings for all other content in your ORCID record. There are three visibility settings: 

  • Green eye - everyone can see this item
    Everyone: anyone who visits the ORCID website or who uses the ORCID public API can view this information. For example: Web of Science uses the public API to add ORCID iDs to publications in Web of Science. 
  • Yellow eye - only trusted parties can see this item
    Trusted parties: this information can be seen by trusted parties whom you have granted access to your ORCID record. These connections require explicit action on your part: you have to grant them permission. An overview of the organizations you have granted permission can be found by clicking your name at the top of the page and then choosing Trusted parties. In the list you can revoke the access. 
  • Red eye - only the researcher can see this item when she is logged in
    Only me: only you and your trusted individual(s) you have granted access can see this information, when signed in.

Recommendation: to make full use of your ORCID iD and record, we advise you to choose the visibility setting 'Everyone'. To be able to use your ORCID iD to register with publishers (for example when submitting an article), your e-mail address has to have the visibility setting 'everyone' or 'trusted parties'.

Who added the information?

In your ORCID record an icon next to an item shows if that information was added

  • by a member, for example Crossref, DataCite or EUR Research Portal. Then a green check mark is shown.
  • by the ORCID record holder, either manually or via a Search & Link Wizard, like Crossref Metadata Search or Scopus - Elsevier. This is indicated by a blue icon.

ORCID calls these indicators 'trust markers' - they can help to interpret the trustworthiness of an ORCID record.