ORCID FAQs

What is an ORCID?

ORCIDs are Open Researcher and Contributor Identifiers. They are provided to researchers as unique identifiers to distinguish their research from that of others who may have similar names.

Why do I need an ORCID?

Starting in 2021, ACM requires that all authors provide their ORCID at submission. The requirement will start with journals/magazines and move on to conferences in 2022. To ensure  a seamless submission process, we suggest that you ensure that your co-authors have signed up for an ORCID in advance of submitting.

Anyone who participates in research, scholarship, or innovation can register an ORCID iD for themselves free of charge, and you can use the same ORCID throughout your whole career—even if your name changes or you move to a different organization, discipline, or country.

How do I register for an ORCID?

Registering is easy and takes less than five minutes. To register, visit https://orcid.org/register. If you are not sure if you already have an ORCID (as your institution may have signed you up for one), visit https://orcid.org/reset-password,  select the ORCID iD option, enter your registered email address in the email field, and select the Recover Account Details button. ORCID will send you an email from reset@notify.orcid.org,  letting you know your 16-digit ORCID identifier.

Your ORCID iD connects with your ORCID record that can contain links to your research activities, affiliations, awards, other versions of your name, and more. You control this content and who can see it. You will be able to choose from the below visibility settings (more information can be found here: https://support.orcid.org/hc/en-us/articles/360006897614).

What is the benefit of having an ORCID? What can I do with it?          

Having an ORCID identifier distinguishes you and ensures your research output and activities are correctly attributed to you. In doing this, it reliably connects you with your contributions and affiliations and improves recognition and discoverability for you and your research outputs, including inclusion of your work in indexing services.

Operationally, having an ORCID can make signing into websites more seamless (such as ScholarOne Manuscripts) is interoperable  in that it works with many institutions, funders, and publishers.

What do I do if I have multiple ORCID IDs?

You should only have one ORCID identifier. If you have more than one ORCID ID, you may remove your extra account(s). Sign into the ORCID account that you'd like to keep and navigate to "Account settings" at the top of the page. Scroll down to "Remove duplicate record" and enter the login information for the account that you'd like to remove.

How do I add works to my ORCID record?

Your ORCID record can be updated with your personal research outputs, including publications, data sets, conference presentations, and more. While it is possible to add works manually, it is recommend that you permit trusted organizations to add/update this information to add and update them for you. Allowing trusted organizations to add information to your record ensures the data connected with your ORCID iD is authoritative and trustworthy, as well as saving you time entering information manually. The organization which added the work to your record will be listed as the source of the item. While ACM does not currently support this service, we will be developing it in 2022. In the meantime, you may add your ACM works manually to your ORCID account using the guidance here https://support.orcid.org/hc/en-us/articles/360006973133.

Please write to orcid@acm.org for additional questions.