Different types of researcher identifiers


ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a researcher identifier produced by a not-for-profit organisation by the same name. It is used by many publishers, research funding bodies, higher education institutions and other actors connected to research throughout the world to identify researchers in a consistent way.

ORCID assigns a researcher a 16-digit number (identifier). This identifier is then used to link together the researcher’s name (including different forms of name) with the publications and departments the researcher has been affiliated with. You can easily get an ORCID iD at ORCID’s website. Your name and e-mail address is all you need to register, but it’s also possible to add research interests, a CV and more as well as to link your ORCID iD with other identifiers such as ResearcherIDScopus Author ID or LinkedIn. You decide which information should be public. You can also add your ORCID iD to your public profile on the University’s website.

Immediately after you have registered your ORCID iD, you can start using it when you submit an article to a publisher or apply for research funding.

Enter your ORCID iD in DiVA

DiVA now includes authority records that include ORCID for better analyses and research evaluations. The person and publication are linked, and it’s also possible to add an ORCID iD to older publications. You can enter your ORCID iD when you register or update a publication. If you want to add it to all the DiVA entries where your UU user name is registered, contact Ask the library


ResearcherID is a researcher identifier that is integrated with the Web of Science database; like ORCID, it aims to facilitate the accurate identification of researchers. If you create a ResearcherID, you can analyse your citations in Web of Science and find potential collaborations, among other things. ResearcherID can be used in conjunction with ORCID.

Scopus Author ID

Authors whose publications are indexed in the Scopus database are automatically assigned a researcher identifier called Scopus Author ID. All the author’s publications are also grouped based on an algorithm that takes into account factors such as affiliation and variations in name. Scopus Author ID distinguishes researchers, while making it possible to gain an overview of their publications and analyse the number of citations in Scopus. Your author profile in Scopus can be searched by entering the ORCID iD, provided that your Scopus Author ID and ORCID iD are linked.

Last modified: 2021-11-17