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?



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

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 Research and Open Scholarship Librarians with any questions or comments.