What is ORCID?
ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a non-profit organization supported by a global community of organizational members, including research organizations, publishers, funders, professional associations, and other stakeholders in the research ecosystem, which has developed a unique researcher identifier that makes it easier to identify your publications. An ORCID account enables you to hold a record of all your research activities, variants of your name, affiliations, etc.
Why do I need ORCID?
An ORCID identifier solves the problems linked to homonyms, name variations, or transcriptions, and ensures you always get the credit you deserve for your research output.
In addition, ORCID is closely connected to other platforms and services, which helps you to save time an reduce the number of accounts and passwords to be remembered. You can use it for manuscript submissions to most of the major publishers. This means that you are able to access those platforms with your CERN credentials, since you can link your ORCID account with your CERN login. You will be, of course, able to connect it as well with your INSPIRE author profile and import/export your publications between the two services.
For LHC papers in particular, the ORCID identifiers are being added to the XML list of authors included in the arXiv submission, automatically extracted on INSPIRE, and therefore improve the identification of individual authors in the collaboration.
It is finally important to keep in mind that several CERN member states now require that researchers provide an ORCID record in the framework of their national research assessment system.
How to create an ORCID record?
You just need to fill the form at this url: https://orcid.org/register. The registration process is quick, it will take you less than 30 seconds.
After registering you can manage all your information on your personal record page. You can add as many details as you want and set the level of privacy you desire for the information you enter (public, limited, or private). By default, the status is “private”, however, in order to make the best use of ORCID, we recommend you ensure that at least the basic information is made visible on your profile.
Don't hesitate to let Inspire know about your ORCID identifier, either by updating your Inspire profile page or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org