ORCID auto-update

An ORCID iD is a unique identifier for an individual. It allows everyone (authors, publishers, funders, and research institutions) to identify the work that you do, and accurately attribute it.

Enter once, when you submit a paper, then watch as your ORCID record is automatically updated as your work is published, registered with Crossref, and enters the global citation network.

Who is it for?

  • Authors: save time on manual data entry and easily keep your ORCID record up-to-date
  • Publishers: help automate processes for your authors and enhance the discoverability of your content
  • Funders, research administrators, librarians and anyone else interested in tracking research outputs.

How does it work?

This service is a classic example of open infrastructure at work. Registering and sharing metadata and persistent identifiers—such as ORCID iDs and Digital Object Identifiers— means systems can communicate with each other to save everyone a lot of time and effort.

When members register their content with Crossref, we encourage the inclusion of ORCID iDs, unique codes that identify the individual(s) who contributed to that publication. When an iD is included in the metadata provided to Crossref along with other information about the work such as title, date, and DOI, we can automatically update the author’s ORCID record on publication (with their permission).

How do I get started?

  • Authors: register for an ORCID iD. Then add it to your resume, any profiles where you communicate your work, and ask that your publisher record your ID when you submit a paper, so you can be sure that as your your work takes on a life of its own, you will always be credited.
  • Publishers: Encourage your authors to sign up and submit their ORCID iD along with their paper submission. Let authors know that they should look out for a notification if/when their paper is published to prompt them to add their publication to their ORCID record. They can grant long-lived permissions so that they enable the automatic addition of any further publications registered with Crossref to their record. Build awareness among editors of the importance of collecting this persistent identifier.

Please consult other users on our forum community.crossref.org or open a ticket with our technical support specialists with any questions.

Page owner: Ginny Hendricks   |   Last updated 2017-January-13