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Why do organizations use ORCID records?

ORCID records are used by more than 500 organizations globally, from national funders to professional organizations to research institutions and more.

These institutions use ORCID records because:

  1. The records can contain information about a wide array of scholarly activity from publications to peer review to affiliations to grants, and
  2. (Most importantly) the items in the ORCID record, and access to the information the record contained, are completely controlled by the researcher.

No one can get into your ORCID record without your permission, and you completely control who may see the information it stores.


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Frequently Asked Questions about ORCID

  1. What is the relationship between the ORCID Initiative and ORCID, Inc.?
  2. What is the organizational structure of ORCID, Inc.?
  3. What technology powers ORCID?
  4. Is ORCID interoperable with national, institutional, and other identity systems?
  5. What is the relationship between ISNI and ORCID?
  6. How do I or how does my organization get involved with ORCID?
  7. How do I become an ORCID member? Are there fees involved?
  8. How do I stay in touch with the latest developments?
  9. How are new features decided?
  10. How do you keep the ORCID Registry secure?
  11. Number of ORCID iDs
  12. How do I get the public data file?
  13. Why do organizations use ORCID records?
  14. What does "ORCID" stand for?
  15. What are the ORCID principles?
  16. Is there a fee to register for an ORCID iD? Do I need to be a member to register?
  17. How does ORCID handle privacy?
  18. What are ORCID's data security policies?
  19. What can I do if I have concerns about data in the Registry?
  20. How often does ORCID hold community outreach meetings?
  21. Does ORCID use my data to support advertising services?
  22. Where is ORCID located?
  23. Is ORCID a commercial operation? Is ORCID run by publishers? How is ORCID governed?
  24. What is your data model?
  25. Can ORCID send a technician to help us with our implementation?
  26. Why isn’t there more metadata in the ORCID record? Do you support Dublin Core?
  27. Can we data-mine abstract or full text information through the ORCID API?
  28. Why aren’t ORCID records complete? Who curates ORCID records? Can ORCID de-duplicate my author database?

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