Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID)

ORCID Open Researcher and Contributor ID is a persistent digital identifier for researchers and scholars. An ORCID protects scholarly identity, distinguishes researchers from one another, and links professional information, affiliations, grants, and publications. Most of the largest publishers, funders, and research institutions have adopted ORCID.

Every graduate student pursuing a research degree (master’s or doctoral) is required to have an ORCID prior to the end of the second registered semester. Students must complete the registration process and grant permission to Cornell to add an “education” affiliation entry to the ORCID record. An affiliation with Cornell University signals to other systems that the information comes from an authoritative source and that they have vouched for the fact that you are (or were) indeed affiliated with them. This allows your data to be reused with a high degree of confidence when automatically filling a growing number of manuscript submission or grant application forms.

Researcher control is central to ORCID. Your ORCID can be used throughout your career (as you move from institution to institution) and you control the visibility of information associated with your ORCID record. Although Cornell University will only add affiliation information to your ORCID record at this time, the permission you grant us now will allow us to add other information to your ORCID record (such as publications) in the future. We will notify you if we plan to do this.

If you no longer want Cornell University to edit your ORCID record, you can revoke permission at any time. See Revoking Permission for instructions.

Affiliation information added to your ORCID record is subject to ORCID’s Privacy Policy. Per this policy, you control the visibility of this information in ORCID.

For more information about using your ORCID, see ORCID@Cornell. If you have questions about ORCID at Cornell University or encounter technical issues, please contact