Researcher/Author ID

Researcher Identifiers

What is a researcher identifier?
A researcher identifier (researcher ID) is a unique identification number that stays with you throughout your career and:

  • Ensures your work is properly credited
  • Makes your publications easy to search
  • Helps you analyze your research impact

Using a researcher ID also benefits funding bodies, research institutions and universities, publishers, and other researchers by:

  • Allowing ​funding bodies to view a researcher’s work before funding is granted and track work after funding is granted
  • Helping research institutions and universities track their researchers’ publications
  • Maintaining publisher's author records and manuscript submissions


In 2017 the University of Toronto Libraries joined ORCID-CA, the ORCID Consortium in Canada.

Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID iD) assigns you a digital identifier to use with your name when you produce research. Your ORCID iD distinguishes you from other researchers and makes sure that your work is recognized.

  • ORCID iD is free and registration is easy
  • Link your ORCID iD with other researcher IDs, including ResearcherID, Scopus Author ID, and LinkedIn
  • Populate your ORCID profile by importing your research from other databases, including Scopus and Web of Science
  • Choose your privacy settings for each of your research entries

For more information on ORCID iD’s please visit: