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NIH will require use of the new biosketch format in applications for research grants with due dates on and after January 25, 2021. dates on or after May 25, 2015


ORCID (pronounced "orkid") stands for Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID is an open, non-profit, and community-driven effort to create and maintain a registry of unique researcher identifiers. An ORCID iD acts as a unique identifier for a person, much like each publication in PubMed has a PubMed ID.

Why do I need an ORCID identifier (ORCID iD)?

While not mandatory, publishers and funding agencies are increasingly adopting ORCID iD as a tool to manage submissions and applications. At some point in the future having an ORCID iD and using ORCID as a tool may be required.

An ORCID iD is unique, and it distinguishes you from other researchers with similar or the same names. On average, a name in PubMed could be referencing 8 authors. Having an ORCID, you can quickly identify which publications are yours. ORCID is also transferrable to other institutions.

For new researchers, an ORCID iD offers a way to have an accurate record of your scholarly output from the very beginning. You can use it on your CV, departmental webpage, email signature, in professional directories and more.


Rutgers is an ORCID member institution. Rutgers launched a university wide ORCID implementation in October 2017. Rutgers researchers are encouraged to create and link their ORCID iDs to Rutgers NetIDs. Once integrated, the researchers' ORCID iD is displayed in Rutgers public directory, and the researcher can also log in ORCID using their Rutgers NetIDs.

Populating Scholarly Works in ORCID

Researchers have several ways to add their scholarly works in their ORCID progiles:

  • Search and link
  • Add DOI
  • Add PubMed ID (PMID)
  • Add BibText
  • Add manually

Adding a Delegate

Researchers are able to add one or more delegates or proxy in ORCID to manage their ORCID records and updating scholarly works. To add a delegate, go to Account Settings, scroll down to Trusted Individuals. Add the name or email address in the box below Trusted Individuals. Other ORCID users can grant permission for you to update their records. A trusted individual does not need to be another researcher but must have an ORCID iD.


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