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ORCID logoORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier) offers a globally unique, persistent identifier for individuals to use with their name as they engage in research, scholarship and innovation activities. The ORCID initiative was launched in November 2012 by journal publishers, research funders and research organisations to identify researchers and link them to their research.

ORCID distinguishes one researcher from another and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities. Grouping works (publications, data, grants etc.) under one ORCID iD ensures researchers get correct attribution and credit for all of their research endeavours.

ORCID is also a non-profit organisation supported by a global community of organisational members, including research institutions, publishers, funders, professional associations and other stakeholders in the research ecosystem. ORCIDs are available for free to individual researchers, who sign up online. Research organisations that wish to integrate ORCIDs into their systems and workflows pay a fee to join ORCID.

ORCID in Australia

The Australian research sector has come together in support of ORCID as a common identifier. This is reflected in a 2015 joint statement endorsed by CAUL, ARMS, ANDS and Universities Australia and in another joint statement by the ARC and NHMRC. The Australian ORCID Consortium was officially launched in February 2016 with 40 institutional members representing the majority of Australian universities, the ARC and NHMRC, along with CSIRO and the Heart Research Institute.


ANDS views ORCID as a very positive initiative for the research sector and has played a key role in facilitating the national discussion around the adoption of ORCID as a common identifier, including:

  • co-hosting two national roundtables with CAUL
  • facilitating meetings of the Australian ORCID Working Group
  • contributing to the development of the ORCID Joint Statement
  • contributing to the development of the Australian ORCID Consortium Model.

ANDS is a partnership led by Monash University, working in collaboration with the Australian National University (ANU) and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). All three organisations are members of the Australian ORCID Consortium.

ANDS-ORCID activities

ORCID resources

ORCID resources - national implementation (historical)