Universität Bonn

Open Access Service Center

Identifying authors

Would you like to be identified unambiguously as the author of your open-access publication? We will show you a way to raise your profile…

ORCID—an ID for me

The situation will be a familiar one for many researchers: Moved institution and now need to recreate your entire list of publications from scratch? Or maybe you keep on being mistaken for someone else?
If that sounds like you, we recommend getting an ORCID iD. ORCID iD (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a unique number assigned to researchers that links you to your publications and research data.

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What are the benefits?

Your ORCID iD…

  • Makes your research profile unique
  • Is your digital name to keep for the rest of your life
  • Connects you to your research and its findings
  • Prevents mix-ups with researchers with similar names
  • Keeps your profile up to date, even if you move institution
  • Saves time, as data does not have to be entered repeatedly into numerous systems
  • Simplifies communication with publishers and funding providers
  • Enables research data and publications to be linked together
  • Lets you control who can access your information
  • Complies with privacy and data protection requirements
  • Automates your list of publications

Did you know that…

…the University of Bonn joined the ORCID DE consortium in 2022?
We are committed to ensuring that you can also link your ORCID iD to other University of Bonn systems including personal websites (Plone), bonndoc, bonndata (in development) and a yet-to-be-created research information system.

How you can raise your profile…

  • We recommend putting the designation "Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn" in your ORCID profile.
  • Add CrossRef, DataCite, Web of Science, BASE and Scopus as trusted parties in your ORCID settings to enable data to be shared between these sources and your ORCID profile.
  • Use your ORCID iD in your day-to-day academic work: on your own website, on departmental websites, in list of publications, in your email signature or when corresponding with publishers or talking at conferences, etc.

What organizations use ORCID iDs?

  • Funding providers such as the German Research Foundation (DFG) encourage all researchers to possess an ORCID iD.
  • Many major publishers require you to have one before you can submit a publication.
  • Large databases including Scopus, Web of Science and Crossref support ORCID.
  • Other services and author profiles, such as your Google Scholar Profil, ISNI and ResearcherID can be linked to ORCID.
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