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When you choose to publish with PLOS, your research makes an impact. Make your work accessible to all, without restrictions, and accelerate scientific discovery with options like preprints and published peer review that make your work more Open.


Empowering authors and reviewers to claim credit for their work​.

What is ORCID?

An ORCID iD (Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier) is a persistent, unique digital identifier used to disambiguate researchers from one another. Your ORCID iD helps ensure that work is properly attributed and that you receive credit for everything you do as a researcher. Through integrations with other databases and services like Researcher ID, Scopus, LinkedIn, Crossref, and others, your ORCID profile automatically centralizes all of your scholarly contributions.

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ORCID is crucial for having a curated identity as a publishing research scientist. ORCID solved a critical problem in providing a unique ID for scientists. I cherish the ability to curate which publications, grants and other activities to include in my ORCID. ORCID is my personally managed digital and professional self.

Nik Grünwald
Horticultural Crops Research Laboratory, USDA-ARS, Corvallis, Oregon, United States of America

Your ORCID helps you receive credit for the work you do

With ORCID you can easily link all your work and distinguish yourself from other researchers with similar names. Even when one article byline lists your full name and another uses initials, using your ORCID ensures that you get the credit you deserve.

Your ORCID lasts forever

Make sure that your work is properly attributed throughout your career–even if you change your name or email address, switch institutions, or move to another country.

Your ORCID centralizes all your professional outputs automatically

Showcase your accomplishments for tenure committees, funders, and potential collaboration. Once you’ve set up your profile, enable auto-updates so that your bibliography remains current going forward, with no manual updates.

Your ORCID makes the journal submission process easier

Never lose track of your sign in information, no matter which journal you submit to. With ORCID, you can access submissions systems for a variety of participating publishers with just one username and password.

In my opinion ORCID is a valuable platform for researchers and the scientific community, bringing them together through sharing their valuable work. I use ORCID to get in touch with experts and researchers of my area of research which keeps me updated about what’s going on in other parts of the world.

Asar Khan
Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan, Mardan, Pakistan
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How to get started

Registering with ORCID is simple. It only takes a few minutes to sign up and link your iD to your PLOS account.

1. Register

Sign up for an iD directly on the ORCID website or by clicking the green iD button on PLOS submission system sign-in page.

2. Connect

From the PLOS submission system sign-in page, click the green iD button and enter your username and password, then sign in as usual. Your ORCID is now linked!

Or, if you’re already logged in, click the update my information link in the upper left corner of the screen and enter your ORCID in your profile.

3. Authorize

When scholarly activity is linked to your ORCID iD–for example, when you submit a peer review or an article you’ve submitted is published–you’ll receive a message in your ORCID inbox asking if you’d like to post it to your profile. Click the Authorize button to post. Once authorized, we’ll continuously update your profile with new activity, unless you revoke access.

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Have you ever searched for your name to find that someone else is also called what you are called and that they also have your exact middle name initials? If you search further you may also find that they are also in your field of research? How can anyone tell whether it is you or not? That’s the peace of mind that comes with using an ORCID iD, which is a researcher’s unique identifier. It belongs to only you and differentiates you from everyone else. An ORCID iD ensures that all your work gets rightly accredited to you. This is why I use it.

Matema L.E. Imakumbili
Department of Soils and Geological Sciences, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro, Tanzania

ORCID’s Collect and Connect program provides a framework for integrating ORCID iDs across submission and publishing platforms. These tools reduce form-filling, improve recognition and discovery, and ensure researchers are reliably connected with their research activities. 

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When you connect your ORCID to your PLOS submission system account, you ensure that your author and reviewer activity always links back to you.

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Filling in the same information about yourself over and over again is frustrating. With ORCID, you can enter once and reuse often.

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If you decide to authorize PLOS to write to your ORCID profile, we’ll keep your profile up-to-date for you.

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We display your ORCID alongside your name on published articles, so readers and click back to review more of your published research with ease.

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