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Removing a duplicate ORCID iD

The ORCID Registry is designed to prevent duplicate iDs from being created by only allowing one ORCID iD per email address, and checking for duplicates based on name when you register. For more information about these steps see Create an iD.

Despite these controls, duplicate ORCID iDs are sometimes unintentionally created. If you have a duplicate, follow the steps below to deprecate its record into your main account, so that it just serves as a pointer to your primary ORCID record.


Removing your duplicate ORCID iD

  1. In your Accounts settings, go to Remove duplicate record.

    Click 'Remove duplicate record'

  2. Enter the sign-in details (email address or ORCID iD, and password) for the duplicate record, then click Remove record.
    If you have forgotten the login details for your duplicate record, you can reset your password or contact us for help.

    Enter your duplicate record's sign-in address or ORCID iD and password

  3. A message will be displayed to confirm that you will be removing your duplicate ORCID iD and it will only act as a pointer to your primary ORCID iD. Please note that this action will delete all information from the duplicate record; only the email addresses associated with it will be transferred to your primary record. To confirm, click Remove record

    Confirm you want to deprecate by clicking 'remove record'

About removing duplicate ORCID records

Because ORCID identifiers are designed to be persistent, obsolete iDs will be deprecated, not completely deleted. This means that the record you've removed contains only a pointer to your primary record, both in the user interface and the API. An example can be seen at

Please note:

  • Once a duplicate record has been removed, it cannot be reinstated.
  • Any permissions you have granted to trusted organizations or trusted individuals to your ORCID duplicate record will not transfer to your primary ORCID record. You will need to reauthorize these permissions using your primary ORCID iD.
  • 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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