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Deactivating an ORCID account

Welcome to ORCID > Deactivating an ORCID account

You may close your ORCID account at any time. This is done by deactivating your record. You will not be able to create a new account using the email address associated with the deactivated account, and all information added to it will be lost. Do not deactivate your account if you have duplicate ORCID accounts - please remove a duplicate record instead.

Deactivate ORCID account

To deactivate your ORCID account, click Deactivate this ORCID record then Deactivate my ORCID account. An email will be sent to your ORCID record’s primary email address, asking you to confirm account deactivation. You must click the link in the email 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?

You will not be able to open a new ORCID account with the same email address associated with the account that has been deactivated. This is to prevent multiple ORCID iDs being created for the same user. You can, however, reactivate a deactivated account, and you can also create a new record using a different email address.

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