ORCID provides you as a researcher with a unique, persistent identifier. It is a way of distinguishing yourself from other researchers, and linking your research activities and outputs to a single identifier.
ORCID is different from other researcher identifiers because it can be used throughout the research lifecycle including when applying for funding, depositing in Northumbria Research Link (NRL) and submitting an article to a publisher. It can be used not just as a tool to consistently and accurately identify yourself as the author of your research, but also as a mechanism for linking other researcher IDs such as Web of Science ResearcherID or Scopus ID.
ORCID is free for researchers to join - simply visit http://orcid.org and sign-up with your name and email address. You can choose to set up a profile, and then use your ORCID identifier on publisher submission systems, on DMPonline or in RCUK grants systems, among others. ORCID is rapidly becoming the standard identifier recommended by publishers, universities and research funders, so you should see plenty of options for using your ID.
Once you have registered, please contact the Scholarly Publications Team to have your ORCID added to your NRL profile. The team can also check if you have already registered with ORCID, and provide advice on setting up your record with ORCID and how to use your ID. Help in registering for using ORCID is also available on the ORCID Knowledge Base, including: