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Deactivating an ORCID account


  1. Deactivating your ORCID account
  2. If I deactivate my account, can I register for a new ORCID ID?
  3. What information does ORCID retain when I close my account?
  4. Reopening a deactivated account

Deactivating your ORCID account

You can deactivate your ORCID account from your account settings.

Click deactivate this ORCID record then Deactivate my ORCID account. Please only deactivate your account if you no longer want to participate in ORCID. You will not be able to create a new account using the email address associated with the deactivated account and all information associated with the ORCID record will be lost.

deactivate your account

After clicking the link you will be sent an email to complete the process. You must click the link in the email in order to deactivate your account. If you do not receive the email, please contact us.

If I deactivate my account, can I register for a new ORCID ID?

The ORCID Registry does not permit you to register a new ORCID iD with an email address that is already associated with an existing ORCID iD in order to prevent multiple ORCID iDs being created for the same user. You can however reopen a deactivated account (see below).

What information does ORCID retain when I close my account?

ORCID retains your primary email address as well as the ORCID iD assigned to that address. We keep this information to prevent multiple iDs being associated with the same email. When your account is deactivated, the email address associated with it is set to private and all other information is deleted. Your iD will continue to be stored in the ORCID Registry, together with the URL for your record, but the record displayed will be blank with no identifying information -- as there is none.

If you do not want your email address associated with any iD in the Registry, please contact us, and we will help remove it. 

Reopening a deactivated account

Enter the email address associated with your deactivated account in the email field on the ORCID registration or sign-in form, follow the on-screen instructions to reopen the account connected with your email address.

You will need to re-enter any data previously on your record including your name as all information from your record apart from the email address was deleted during the deactivation process.

If you have previously requested that we remove your email address completely from the Registry, then you will not be able to reopen the deactivated account.

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