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Research Data Management

This guide contains information about research data management and best practices for faculty, researchers and graduate students

What is ORCID?

ORCID stands for Open Researcher and Contributor IDentifier. It is a unique, open digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher with the same or similar name to you. Anyone who participates in research, scholarship, or innovation can register an ORCID for themselves free of charge, and you can use the same ID throughout your whole career -- even if your name changes or you move to a different organization, discipline, or county. 

The ORCID iD is an https URI with a 16-digit number. It is expressed as an https URI, i.e. the 16-digit identifier is preceded by "". A hyphen is inserted every 4 digits of the identifier to aid readability (e.g. No information about a person is encoded in the ORCID iD. The identifiers were designed to be usable in situations where personally-identifiable information should/can not be shared.

Why should you register? Your ORCID iD:

  • distinguishes you and ensures your research outputs and activities are correctly attributed to you

  • reliably and easily connects you with your contributions and affiliations

  • reduces form-filling (enter data once, re-use it often)

  • improves recognition and discoverability for you and your research outputs

  • is interoperable (works with many institutions, funders, and publishers systems)

  • is persistent (enduring)

Your ORCID iD is fully owned and controlled by you - ORCID Terms & Conditions mean that no-one else may assign an ORCID iD to you. No-one but you can see information you mark as ‘visible only to me’ (learn more about visibility settings) and no-one can update your ORCID record without your permission. You can however assign a trusted individual to update your account in your behalf, if you so choose.

ORCID is not a social media platform, nor a profile system, nor an online CV or content repository, but it connects with many other tools that fulfill these functions. At ORCID, their mission is to focus on providing an identifier for individuals to use with their name as they engage in research, scholarship, and innovation activities. 

More information about ORCID is available at:

Video: What is ORCID?

What is ORCID? from ORCID on Vimeo.

Workshop Slides: Manage Your Researcher Profile with ORCID

Rowan University would like you to link your ORCID to Rowan University so that published works can be easily identified as belonging to Rowan University Faculty and Staff. This allows the University to have more accurate and complete data pertaining to research activities. You can create an account using your Rowan login credentials and affiliate yourself with Rowan University.

Once you've created your ORCID iD, it's easy to add your scholarly works to your ORCID record, enable automatic updates, and delegate management of your record to someone else.


Rowan University community users can access the slides to the workshop presentation linked below by using your Rowan login credentials. The presentation provides an overview of ORCID, how to create an account or merge existing accounts, using Rowan single sign-on to login and affiliate your account with Rowan University, adding works to your profile and links to some tutorials on all the how-tos. This workshop will be offered again in 2021, please check back for further information and registration at