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Taideyliopiston julkaisemisen opas: ORCID digital identifier for researchers

ORCID identifier

Provide identification with ORCID
The international ORCID researcher ID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) provides you with a permanent and unique digital identifier.  It is a series of numbers that sets you apart from other researchers. With the help of the identifier, your work, research and publications will be identified as yours regardless of whether your change organisations or change your name. The identifier also makes it quicker to enter the required information in different services as you publish article manuscripts or apply for funding. 

The ORCID identifier:
  • Helps avoid any mix-ups connected to name changes, researchers with the same name or different ways of spelling names. 
  • Automatically links together your different research output. 
  • Over time, decreases the time you have to spend on entering personal and publication data in different systems. 

The benefits of using the ORCID identifier improve as researchers become increasingly aware of it and its use becomes more widespread. 

Examples of how you can use the ORCID identifier

The ORCID identifier of the publication author remains attached to the publication data, from the publisher to various online reference databases. The researcher’s publications thus become easy to track and automatically transfer to other services, such as universities. The identifier is added to the publication as you submit your manuscript. 

The ORCID identifier can also be linked to other forms of researcher ID. This is done in the ORCID service, following which publications from reference databases (Web of Science, Scopus…) can automatically be transferred to the researcher’s ORCID profile. 
In connection with the peer review of a publication, publishers may, with permission from the individual/researcher, make a note of completed peer reviews in the ORCID profile. 
The ORCID identifier is a signature: it can be used in online publishing as well as on webpages, blogs, social media, CVs, and included in your e-mail signature. 
When it comes to applying for research funding, Vetenskapsrådet in Sweden as well as the Wellcome Trust in Great Britain require applicants to have an ORCID identifier. This facilitates e.g. the transfer of CV information to your grant applications. 
Data ownership remains with you
Ownership rights to your own data in the ORCID system remain with you. It is up to you to define which information is public and which is only to be shared with organisations you as the researcher have deemed Trusted Organisations. A Trusted Organisation can be e.g. your current university, or the publisher for whom you do peer reviews.

You can create your own researcher identifier / ORCID ID online at the address:

1. Register:
It only takes 30 seconds!

2. Add your ORCID data to other services you use (e.g. Scopus, ResearcherID or LinkedIn).

3. Add your ORCID ID to your website, publications, grant applications and other parts of your research environment in order to ensure that you get the credit you deserve for your work.

Visibility services and the identification of researchers

Researcher identification began from the need to be able to tell researchers apart, e.g. when conducting a bibliometric analysis of the publications of a single researcher, or when evaluating research.

More information from the Uniarts Library or here:

Researchers may change their name or work across scientific disciplines, and even in the same organisation we may sometimes find researchers with the same name. For this reason it makes sense to be able to distinguish between researchers with the help of a researcher ID. Various researcher ID services include e.g. ORCID, which Uniarts Helsinki recommends its researchers to use.

ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is an international researcher identification system created by an American non-profit organisation. Both individual researchers and organisations can join ORCID free of charge. ORCID’s international website can be found here: and the Finnish site here:

ResearcherID is a researcher identification of the Web of Science database, through which you as the researcher can control your data and publications. The service also allows you to keep track of the number of citations your publications receive, and your own h-index. The service is linked to ORCID. ResearcherID can be found here:

Scopus Author Identifier is the researcher identification system of the Scopus database. Scopus is owned by Elsevier and very similar to Web of Science.

Google Scholar allows you to monitor citations of publications on a large scale, across disciplines and in different languages, which is why using this researcher identification is particularly useful to art researchers publishing in Finnish or Swedish. Create your own profile at the top of the page: