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What is ORCID®?

ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor Identification) is an open, not-for-profit organisation with the aim of supplying a persistent and unique identifier - an ORCID iD - to any individual who is involved in research, scholarship and innovation activities.

Why register for an ORCID iD?

Publisher requirements

  • Many publishers already require an ORCID iD for submission in their journals, and more than 3000 journals already collect ORCID iD from their authors. See a list of the publishers here.

Funder requirements

  • Many funders, including the NRF require an ORCID iD when submitting funded research outputs. The NRF repository will use this unique identifier to link to publications and datasets in the future.


  • The ORCID iD can be used to uniquely identify an individual, irrespective of their chosen publication name (or spelling variations). This also ensures that credit for research is not given to someone by mistake.

Grouping research together

  • All the research outputs of an individual can be grouped together on the ORCID record which is useful for reporting of all outputs to funders or publishers. Existing outputs can be imported from other platforms to the ORCID record.

Increased discoverability

  • When a researcher attaches an ORCID iD to all outputs which stems from research (such as the final article, datasets, experiments or patents) all these outputs are linked together and to the individual researcher leading to better exposure and discoverability of the researchers' other activities.

Streamlined data entry

  • The idea is to 'input once, reuse often'. Once relevant systems are integrated with ORCID an automatic exchange of information can take place to populate other systems (for example from funding applications, to repository systems to citation/statistics platforms)

Single sign on to participating journals

  • As more publishers and content providers include ORCID in their workflows, the ORCID iD can be used as a method of authentication for those providers, removing the need to register on multiple platforms.


Recognizing the importance of research visibility and discoverability, author disambiguation and an increase in funder and publisher requirements for ORCID iDs, the NWU became an ORCID member institution making it possible to integrate existing NWU systems with the ORCID registry.

Central to the NWU-ORCID integration is the NWU Manuscript system which was created to facilitate creating (new) or linking (existing) ORCID iDs while at the same time granting the NWU permission to push updates to the individuals' ORCID record.

As a first integration the NWU Institutional Repository (NWU-IR) was used. Research outputs uploaded to the NWU-IR are automatically pushed to the ORCID record of the author(s) of the output.

ORCID iD registrationRegister for an ORCID

Follow this link to visit the NWU Manuscript system to create a new ORCID iD. This system can also be used to link an existing ORCID iD. If you are unsure whether you already have an ORCID iD, search the ORCID registry on their website for your name.

Click here for a step-by-step guide through the registration and linking process.

ORCID iD infoAdd your info

Add personal information

  • Complete your profile by adding a biography, additional email addresses (including ones used previously), name variants, affiliations and keywords to make your profile discoverable.

Update privacy settings

  • Privacy settings can be changed for different aspects of the ORCID record, such as who can view the Biography, Education and Employment history.

Add outputs/publications

Add grants

  • Funding information can be added to the ORCID record manually, or through the provided search and link tool.

Keep the ORCID record updated

  • Log in periodically to update changes to the ORCID record.

Use your ORCID iDUse your ORCID iD

Include your ORCID iD wherever possible. Include it during submission of outputs, grant applications or during any other research, scholarship and innovation activities. You can also include it in your CV, personal websites you might have, social media platforms and even as part of your email signature.

Linking other identifiers

Existing identifiers from other providers can be linked to the ORCID record, such as Elsevier Author Profile and Web of Science ResearcherID.

Contact our Faculty Librarians or the Research Support Librarians with any questions or comments.