What’s an ORCID iD?
An ORCID iD (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a 16-digit number that links your research to you specifically, distinguishing you from other researchers who have a similar or even the same name as you.
Why have an ORCID iD?
- An ORCID iD will always link you to your work, regardless of changes to your name or institutional affiliation.
- Distinguishing yourself with an ORCID iD will ensure that you are properly credited for your work, that your H-index is accurate, and, by extension, that LSU is recognized for the work achieved here, positively affecting the university’s rankings.
- Anyone receiving a federal grant is now required to have a digital persistent identifier (DPI), like an ORCID iD.
- Save valuable time by linking your ORCID record to other platforms, like Scopus, CrossRef, and more. Information from those platforms will then appear in your ORCID record automatically. Libraries staff can help researchers connect their ORCID profiles to these sources.
- Conversely, many publication, submission, and grant application forms will be auto populated with information from your ORCID record when you log in to those entities with your ORCID iD.
- ORCID will also automatically populate the Elements system that has replaced Faculty 360, keeping Elements effortlessly updated.
- The Libraries can use ORCID searches to populate LSU’s institutional repository so you don’t have to.
Bottom line, an ORCID iD will save you time and administrative drudgery, allowing you more time for productive activities. Registration is free, easy, and takes almost no time.