Raise the Visibility of Your Work with an ORCID Identifier

As we continue our efforts to make your work more discoverable, we strive to accurately and unambiguously attribute the correct work to our valuable authors and contributors. Doing so ensures that credit is given where credit is due, and that others who wish to cite your work or reuse your research data will accurately identify you as the author and owner.

As more and more publishers require ORCIDs as part of their publication process, it becomes even more important for you as an author to take the extra step of setting up your ORCID profile.

Name Ambiguity is A Problem


Consider the following:

  • Can we rely on names to identify people?
    • Yu Wang and Yunda Wang are both researchers at Xerox PARC; one has published research as “Y. Wang”. How can we be sure that the published research is credited to the right person? Even “Yu Wang” might lead to mistakes.
  • Can we rely on areas of research to identify people?
    • At Arizona State, there are two faculty members named Michael White who both specialize in the legal field. Again, area of research is not necessarily an effective disambiguator. Not only do they share the same name, they also share the same area of expertise.

The examples above demonstrate the ongoing challenge you may already face in distinguishing your own research activities. Your publications can be difficult to electronically recognize especially if your name:

  • Is not unique
  • Has changed (e.g. with marriage)
  • Has cultural differences in name order
  • Contains inconsistent use of abbreviations
  • Could be displayed differently across the various journals that you’ve published in, as the displayed name often depends on the format used by the journal.

All of the issues above could negatively impact the discoverability of your work.

There is a Solution

One option that helps resolve author ambiguity is the use of a standard identifier to enforce uniqueness and ensure a persistent identity. This approach helps keep authors’ names connected to all of their publications as they progress through their careers.


The Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) is a non-profit, community-driven effort dedicated to solving the name ambiguity problem in scholarly research by assigning a unique identifier to each researcher/contributor. Since ORCID is non-proprietary, it isn’t linked to a specific platform – it can be used across a variety of platforms to further establish the link between your name and your work.

The ORCID registry is free of charge to individuals, who may obtain an ORCID identifier, manage their record of activities, and search for others in the registry.

Through the embedding of ORCID identifiers in key workflows, such as research profile maintenance, manuscript submissions, grant applications, and patent applications, the ORCID registry links researchers to their work. More than 50 organizations have already integrated ORCID identifiers into their workflows, including CrossRef, Researcher ID, Pub-Med Central, and Scopus.

The ORCID profile of an author or contributor provides a list of all publications, reports, grants, datasets, articles, and other IDs in a central repository that can be easily updated by the author/contributor.

For example, the ORCID for John Wilbanks is http://orcid.org/0000-0002-4510-0385, but it is common to see it referred as “ORCID: 0000-0002-4510-0385”.

John Wilbanks in the ORCID registry:


John Wilbanks’ Wikipedia page includes his ORCID identifier:


How Elsevier Integrates ORCID

Elsevier is an active member of the ORCID organization and uses ORCID identifiers as one part of our process to uniquely identify our individual authors and contributors.

As previously mentioned, publishers have the option to embed ORCID identifiers in key workflows. Elsevier has integrated ORCIDs into the book manuscript submission process by requesting that authors enter their ORCID at the beginning of a project. There is a link right from our submission system to ORCID for those who need to create an ORCID for the first time.

ORCID is also interoperable with our Scopus platform. Users can associate their Scopus profiles with their ORCID identities, allowing Scopus to automatically keep their ORCID bibliographies up-to-date.


Scopus has incorporated ORCID data into the Scopus author profiling process to increase the accuracy of the Scopus profiles and automatically propagate work that researchers do to clean up their ORCID profiles. Learn more about Scopus profiles…

How You Can Help

Create an ORCID profile! Register for free at http://orcid.org.

If you already have an ORCID profile, congratulations! We highly recommend that you link your ORCID profile to your profile in our manuscript submission systems. By providing your ORCID, you help to ensure that all of your Elsevier publications are properly attributed to you under a single identifier. You can also include your ORCID in your email signature to increase visibility.


Similarly, if you also have a Scopus profile, you can link your Scopus information to your ORCID profile. This will help facilitate your ability to identify and claim your publications. Simply follow the steps listed here. Working together, we’ll make sure you get the credit you deserve for your valuable research and contributions.

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