What is an ORCID and why should you have one?

ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributer IDentificator) is a unique identifier used to identify researchers and other scientific creators. With the help of an ORCID you can distinguish between researchers that have the same or similar names. Using an ORCID you decrease the risk of mistakes when lists of publications are compiled using searches in external databases or in DiVA.

It will make the contact with funders and journals easier for you as a researcher or doctoral student if you have an ORCID. It is becoming more common that publishers and funders have integrations with ORCID, where your information will be fetched from ORCID rather than you having to provide all the author details yourself.

Who runs ORCID?

The organization that runs ORCID is an international, interdisciplinary, and open not-for-profit that has been created on the initiative of higher education institutions, funders, and publishers.

How do I create an ORCID?

You create your ORCID on the organization’s website. If you already have an ORCID but have forgotten your login, or forgotten your ID-number, you can get it back on the website.


Your ORCID can be registered in your authority post in DiVA. In doing so,  your publications in DiVA will be findable through your ORCID.

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