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Message from the Office of Research on ORCID

Modified: December 18, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to update you about an important development at Northwestern, one intended to support your research efforts and to enhance your professional reputation.

Northwestern recently obtained an institutional license with ORCID, a nonprofit organization that provides a digital identifier to distinguish individual researchers and their work. The ORCID identifier (ORCID iD) is unique to you and remains associated with you over your career to provide a persistent identification, regardless of any institution with which you are affiliated.

Why does this matter?

What this means for you is that your entire professional output is always connected to you. The ORCID iD facilitates a complete record of your scholarly activities, regardless of any personal name changes or changes to your organizational membership.

ORCID can also benefit you by strengthening your publication and grant workflow. Publishers and funding agencies have increasingly employed ORCID as a tool to manage submissions and applications. When a researcher provides an ORCID iD in a grant proposal or a publication submission, the item can be easily associated with that researcher. That linkage can prove especially helpful for individuals with common names, ensuring that scholarly output is correctly associated with the individual rather than another person with the same name.

I strongly encourage you to take advantage of these benefits by registering for an ORCID iD, or if you already have an ORCID iD, connecting it to your Northwestern NetID. Registration or creating a connection is quick (less than a minute) and will enable you to further elevate your research profile on your webpages, in your publication submissions, when you apply for grants, and in any additional research workflow where you wish to receive credit for your efforts.

Register for your existing ORCID iD or connect your existing iD here. Login using your Northwestern Online Passport. Find more information about the ORCID service at Northwestern here, or send comments and questions to the Northwestern ORCID support team.

Jay Walsh,Vice President for Research

Announcements, Training Grant Director