Create Author Identifiers (ORCID)

The Open Researcher and Contributor ID, or ORCID for short, is the international standard for unique identifiers for researchers. It enables a person to be linked to their publications and research data.

Benefits of an ORCID

  • clear assignment of your biography and research results
  • simplified communication with publishers, sponsors and professional associations
  • possibility of automated maintenance of publication lists
  • the individual ORCID ID is retained when changing institutional affiliation

Many publishers now require an ORCID if you want to publish with them.
Why ORCID (German)?

Brief instructions for creating an ORCID ID >>

Since 1.12.2019, the University of Cologne has been a member of the ORCID consortium and supports the international code for the clear identification of its scientists.

The DFG has also been using the ORCID in its Elan application portal since December 2019. Read more (German) >>

Additional identifiers:

  • Researcher-ID - is preferably used in the database WEB of Science and is an important data source for citation analyses in bibliometrics. Authors who register there can also register with ORCID at the same time, the data are synchronized regularly
  • Google Scholar Citation Profiles - allow you to clearly identify your publications in Google Scholar
  • ArXiv Author Identifiers - the international natural science repository has - in addition to the cooperation with the above mentioned AuthorClaim - also its own system of "identifiers