FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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Technical Integration

What type of technical expertise and resources are needed for an institution to integrate systems with ORCID?
  • The answer to this question depends on your integration plans and what systems you are using. You can get an idea of what is required for different systems by checking the ORCID workflows.
  • If you are using a third-party system, it may already support ORCID, in which case you will need only ask the vendor to enable ORCID functionality and provide your ORCID member API production credential. To register for production credentials for a third party system, complete this form. If you are using a vendor product that does not support ORCID, call your product representative and ask them about their plans for ORCID integration.
  • If you are using homegrown systems, you will need staff who understand APIs, XML (or JSON), and OAuth, and can read technical documentation. You will also need a detailed workflow plan for where to add ORCID fields, where you will be collecting ORCIDs from your researchers, and a means to securely store access tokens collected during the OAuth process.
  • The ORCID US Community provides tier 1 technical support, and ORCID has a support desk as well as technical documentation online, and an API users listserv. The ORCID US Community “ORCID API Basics & Benefits” webinar recording is also a good place to start.
What are the system requirements for ORCID API integration?

System requirements vary depending on what type of system you want to integrate with ORCID. See ORCID integration workflows for system setup information.

How do I get started with my integration?

Consult the ORCID US Planning Guide for assistance on factors to consider before beginning the technical integration process. When you're ready to begin technical work, follow the instructions on ORCID's Getting Started guide.

What is an API and what does the ORCID API do?

The ORCID API (application programming interface) provides the mechanism by which ORCID iD record data (name, email, education, employment, funding, works) is read, written, updated, and shared between systems. Learn more about the ORCID API.

Do researchers need an ORCID iD before integration?

Not necessarily, but in order for your integration to reap the benefits of ORCID, individuals will need to create and use their ORCID iD. Outreach to individual researchers can take place before, during, and after the technical integration process.

How do I customize the OAuth sign-in screen?

It is possible to customize the interface that individuals will see when they are asked to grant permission for an institution to connect with their ORCID iD record. Learn how.

How do I search the ORCID registry?
What kind of reporting can be done with the ORCID API?

Once a system is configured to communicate with the ORCID registry via the ORCID API, queries can be run on any of the data contained within affiliated ORCID records, depending on what data you're hoping to collect. Note that institutions must ask individuals to connect with their ORCID iD records, and individuals must set their ORCID record permissions to "public" or "trusted party" for data to be collected. ORCID member organizations have access to on-demand reporting through the ORCID Member Portal.

How do I register webhooks?

Webhooks can be used in order for local systems to receive notifications any time data on an ORCID record is updated or changed, which makes it easier to keep data in sync. Learn how to register webhooks.

Where can I find some code examples?

Code examples in various languages are available on the ORCID website.

Using ORCID

Can I create ORCID iDs for individuals at my institution?

No. Individuals must register for their own ORCID iD and opt-in to sharing their ORCID iD record data. Institutions no longer have the ability to batch-create iDs for individuals. It is strongly recommended to not create or submit ORCID iD data on behalf of another person. Learn more.

What are the privacy implications of using ORCID?

The individual researcher has full control over the privacy of their ORCID iD record. Learn more.

What data does ORCID collect?

ORCID records can contain biographical information, employment and education history and other affiliations, funding received, works, peer review activity, and research resources used. See more details about the types of data in ORCID records.

Does ORCID collect demographic data?

No, ORCID does not collect demographic data. ORCID does NOT collect or store other identifying or sensitive information such as date of birth, gender, credit card numbers or other financial information, medical information, physical address, phone numbers, social security numbers, passport, or national identity numbers. There are no fields in the ORCID data structure to hold any of this information. ORCID understands that collecting this kind of data is common in the US, but other countries specifically do not collect personal data as a way of supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Learn more.

Can researchers sign in to their ORCID iD record using their institutional login credentials?

Many research institutions in the US are already part of the ORCID Institutional account login option, thanks to eduGAIN. When signing in to an ORCID record, users can select "Institutional account," type in the name of their institution, and login using their institutional credentials. Learn more about Single Sign-on.

How many people on my campus already have an ORCID iD?

See how to find ORCID record holders at your institution or contact orcidus@lyrasis.org for more info.

Can an individual create more than one ORCID iD record if they want to have a separate record for different names they have used or go by, such as a stage name or pseudonym?

Yes, individuals may create more than one ORCID iD record if they wish to use different names for different works, such as a pseudonym or stage name. ORCID also has a straightforward way to manage duplicate iDs and merge more than one record together.

How does ORCID handle duplicate data entries within an ORCID iD record?

Duplicate data entries are managed based on the presence of an identifier, such as a DOI for publication data. Entries containing the same identifier are automatically grouped together, and the individual may select which entry is the "preferred source." If a duplicate entry does not contain an identifier, both entries will appear as duplicates. The works section of ORCID is the only section in which duplicates are automatically grouped in this way.

Can I just copy/paste or manually type an ORCID iD into a submission system?

This is not recommended. Manual or copy/paste entry leaves room for error and does not provide trustworthy data. ORCID strongly recommends gathering authenticated ORCID iDs by requiring an individual to sign in to their ORCID iD record. Learn more.

Membership

What are the benefits of becoming an ORCID member?
Who can join the ORCID US Community consortium?

Any non-profit research institution in the United States may join. See the ORCID US Membership page for details.

How can my institution use ORCID if we have constrained resources or are otherwise not ready to become a member?

If your institution is not yet ready to become an ORCID member, it is never too early to promote awareness of the benefits of ORCID iDs for individuals:

Community & Outreach

What are the best practices for supporting researchers and encouraging faculty and students to use ORCID?
Where can I find ORCID resources in languages other than English?

ORCID has an ongoing initiative to translate materials and resources into multiple languages. Learn more.

Are publishers involved in the ORCID community?

Yes, publishers are increasingly adopting ORCID. Several publishers have confirmed that they are currently or will soon be requiring ORCID in publication workflows.

Are funders involved in the ORCID community?

Yes, ORCID is currently working with funders across the globe to determine best practices and next steps for using ORCID in funding workflows. Learn more about ORCID in ORBIT: Building Information Infrastructure with Research Funders

Can arts and humanities scholars benefit from ORCID?

Yes! ORCID is useful for tracking all manner of research and scholarly contributions. When adding a work to an ORCID record, there is an option explicitly for "Artistic/Performance." ORCID is working on expanding the community to include an even more diverse representation of output.

What is ORCID working on now?

Keep up with ORCID's current activities in their public Trello board

What is the future of ORCID?