ORCID at Columbia


ORCID is a nonprofit organization that provides unique identifiers for individual researchers. Any researcher or scholar can easily sign up for a free ORCID ID and keep their ORCID ID and its associated record throughout their research career.

Your ORCID ID and record are great tools! ORCID IDs are being incorporated into many platforms that support research and many journal and research-funder systems require them. ORCID records are researcher profiles that can be used to display all your research activities–and you control your record, what is connected to it, and what information is publicly available in it. An ORCID ID helps distinguish you from other researchers with a similar name. And an ORCID ID makes it easier to claim credit for all your work, even if you change your name. 


To obtain an ORCID ID, go to https://orcid.org/register.

You will provide your name and an email address and create a password. You will also be asked to choose the visibility of your ORCID record, though you can change the visibility of your ORCID record at any time.

Congratulations, you now have an ORCID ID and record, which are very useful tools! Your ORCID can travel with you, no matter where you work. Learn more at https://info.orcid.org/researchers/.

Go to the ORCID sign in page at https://orcid.org/signin. Select “Access through your institution” at the bottom of the page. On the page that appears, start typing Columbia, select “Columbia University” when it appears, and then click “Continue.”

You will be taken to the Columbia University authentication page. Sign in with your UNI and password. You will then see a page asking you to link your Columbia University account with your ORCID record.

Enter your ORCID ID and password. (If you have two-factor authentication enabled for ORCID, you will be asked to enter an authentication code, even if you have already signed in to your Columbia account with two-factor authentication.) You are now signed in to your ORCID record and it is linked to your Columbia University account.

A password specific to ORCID is required to ensure that you always have access to your ORCID record, even if you lose access to your institutional account (for example, if you leave your institution). Your ORCID sign in will always be available, and you can always retrieve your password as long as your ORCID record includes a current email address.

To unlink your ORCID record from your Columbia UNI, sign in to ORCID and go to your account settings. Select “Alternate sign in accounts” under the “Security” heading and click on the “Trash” icon next to your Columbia University account.

Locate library staff able to answer questions about ORCID by searching for "Researcher IDs & Profiles" on the Libraries’ Subject Specialists page.

Email digitalscholarship@library.columbia.edu for help with Researcher IDs and ORCID.

Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae (SciENcv) is an electronic system hosted by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) that helps researchers assemble the professional information needed for participation in federally funded research, including the biographical sketch required of senior personnel by the NSF. SciENcv gathers and compiles information on expertise, employment, education and professional accomplishments. Researchers can use SciENcv to create and maintain biosketches that are submitted with grant applications and annual reports. SciENcv allows researchers to describe and highlight their scientific contributions in their own words.

ORCID account holders who have linked their accounts to NCBI can populate their SciENcv profiles with the information stored in their ORCID accounts. The information transferred to SciENcv can be changed, hidden, augmented, or deleted. SciENcv users control the content displayed in their SciENcv profiles.