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Learn about the ORCID identifier for researchers and how it's integrated with services at Virginia Tech

What Is ORCiD?

ORCiD (Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier) is a 16-digit number that uniquely and persistently identifies a scholarly researcher (for example,

ORCiD is a not-for-profit organization, and its work is open, transparent, and non-proprietary. ORCiD adheres to principles of privacy and researcher control.

Virginia Tech researchers are encouraged to register for an ORCiD identifier (it's quick and there's no cost), in order to:

  • ensure that your work is discoverable and connected to you throughout your career;
  • minimize the time you spend entering repetitive data; and
  • eliminate name ambiguity, distinguishing you from other researchers and ensuring proper attribution.

Funders and journal publishers are increasingly requiring that researchers have an ORCiD, and many more encourage its use. Learn more about ORCiD.


ORCID Member OrganizationVirginia Tech is a premium member of ORCiD.

ORCiD is integrated with Virginia Tech's faculty reporting system, Elements (EFARS). To set this up, sign in to Elements and go to My Profile > Settings > Automatic Claiming.

Need help?  Send an email to

The University Libraries is currently working to integrate ORCiD with:

Elements (EFARs) and ORCID Integration

How to Import Your Publication Information

In your profile, scroll down to Works and then look to the right and hover your mouse over +Add Works to see three ways to add your publications to ORCiD:

  1. Search & Link (import works from Scopus, Web of Science, MLA International Bibliography, etc.) (Recommended) 
    1. Video: ResearcherID and ORCiD Integration (Web of Science)
    2. Video: ORCiD and Scopus
    3. Choose BASE to import metadata from VTechWorks
  2. Import works from a BibTeX file (downloaded from your Google Scholar profile, for example)
  3. Manually add works

Need more help?  Send an email to


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Philip Young
(540) 231-8845
Newman Library, Room 423
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Research Impact Librarian

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Rachel Miles

Asst Dean & Director, Research Collaboration and Engagement

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Ginny Pannabecker
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