We ask all users to remove any duplicate ORCID iDs in order to avoid future confusion and ambiguity.
Please note that this action will delete all information and permissions from the duplicate record, they cannot be transferred; only the email address(es) associated with it will be transferred to your primary record. Once a duplicate record has been removed, it cannot be reinstated.
Because ORCID identifiers are designed to be persistent, obsolete iDs will be deprecated, not completely deleted. Data on the deprecated account will be deleted, and the iD will point to your primary record, both in the user interface and the API. An example can be seen at https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6151-2200.
To remove a duplicate ORCID iD, follow these steps:
1. Sign in to the ORCID record you want to keep, and go to your Account Settings: https://orcid.org/account
2. Scroll down to Account actions and click on Remove a duplicate record
3. Enter the sign-in details (email address or ORCID iD and password) for the record you want to deprecate then click Remove duplicate record.
4. Click Remove duplicate record, read the instructions, and confirm that you wish to remove the record
ORCID relies on individuals to report and remove duplicate records. If we receive a report from the community about a potential duplicate record or incorrect data which may need to be corrected, we will follow our dispute procedures to address the situation.
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