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What if the researcher already has an ORCID record and registers a new one?

ORCID has a depreciation process to merge duplicate records created for one individual. This process keeps both ORCID iDs in the registry, and depreciates the duplicate ORCID record so it serves only as a pointer to the main ORCID iD.

Researchers can merge accounts if they still know the sign-in details (email address and password) for both accounts. Otherwise they can contact us to request our assistance in merging the duplicates.

For more information, see:

Frequently Asked Questions about the ORCID API

  1. What is an API? What is OAuth?
  2. Does the API have an admin page?
  3. What is an integration?
  4. How do redirect URIs work?
  5. What's the difference between the Public and Member APIs?
  6. Is the Sandbox different from the Production Registry?
  7. Why am I not receiving messages from the Sandbox?
  8. Can I create ORCID records for my researchers using the API?
  9. Who controls the ORCID record?
  10. What if the researcher already has an ORCID record and registers a new one?
  11. How do you check for duplicate ORCID records?
  12. Why don't I see email addresses in the ORCID records I access?
  13. Can data on an ORCID record be entirely private?
  14. How can I find out when a researcher edits their record?
  15. How do I get my organization listed as a “Trusted Party” on a researcher’s ORCID Record?
  16. How do I get my system added to the ORCID Search & Link Wizard list?
  17. What schema does ORCID use?
  18. What version of the schema should I use?
  19. How will I be notified of changes and updates to the API and schema?
  20. What format can I export records in? Can I get them in a CVS or XLS spreadsheet?
  21. How long do access tokens last? Can I get one that doesn’t expire?
  22. What does this error code mean?
  23. What information is required when adding a work?
  24. What citation format do you prefer?
  25. What information should I add about work contributors?
  26. If a researcher already has a work with the same DOI as a work I add, will it be duplicated?
  27. If a researcher runs an import from my system twice, will the works be duplicated in their ORCID record?
  28. How are organizations identified in ORCID?

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