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Research Data Management

This guide will assist researchers in planning for the various stages of managing their research data and in preparing data management plans required with funding proposals.


ORCiD (Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier) is a persistent unique identifier that helps to distinguish you from other researchers, especially those who share your name. It also helps ensure that you get credit for all the work you do throughout your career, regardless of changes in name, career, location, discipline, or other factors. Registering for an ORCID is free. ORCID is not for profit, your data is not sold, and you have full control over your data and privacy.

  • The iD is a globally unique and permanent identifier that stays with you for life
  • Use ORCID to maintain your publishing and professional data 
  • Link to your ORCID account in SciENcv to import the data into the SciENcv profile
  • Takes only a few minutes to create
  • You own your ORCID iD, not your employer or publisher
  • You can control who views your ORCID information

NIH, AHRQ, and CDC requires ORCID iDs for Individuals Supported by Research Training, Fellowship, Research Education, and Career Development Awards. 

December 31, 2027 all federal funders will be required to adopt "digital persistent identifiers" for researchers which ORCID iD is

Register for an ORCID iD

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

To Register for an ORCID, please visit the ORCID website.

All you have to do is:

  1. Register (allowing everyone to view your ORCID record is helpful for distinguishing you)
    • Determine the default level of privacy you want
    • Note:  Select "Everyone" for easy set-up with other services like SciENcv.
  1. On the left sidebar, provide the following information:
    • "Also known as" - all the name variants you have used for your research (including abbreviations, transliterations, name changes, etc.)
    • Country - country with which you are affiliated
    • Keywords - words or phrases that describe your research interests
    • Websites - any websites you have related to your research, including your Google Scholar Profile.
  1. Make your profile robust to enhance discoverability and visibility by including:
    • Employment
    • Education and qualifications
    • Invited positions and distinctions
    • Membership and service
    • Funding
    • Works

Trusted Organizations

When you connect your ORCID iD to another organization’s system, you will be asked to grant permission to that organization to interact with your ORCID account. For example, a publisher may request permission to get your ORCID iD when you submit a manuscript to populate your author information. You can also integrate your ORCID iD with Crossref to automatically update your iD when you publish a new article.

Access integration varies by organization and platform.  Only trusted parties can add data to someone’s ORCID record but many trusted organizations are limited to importing data from your profile. ORCID has more information about trusted organizations in their support documentation.

Trusted Organizations and Individuals can be managed in your ORCID account by going to “Account Settings” under your name in the top right of the screen as shown in the next section.

Trusted Individuals

Trusted Individuals are other ORCID users who you have allowed to have access to edit your ORCID record. If you would like to allow others to help curate your profile, you can designate them as trusted individuals. These trusted individuals can be anyone with an ORCID profile and could potentially include departmental staff, research assistants, IT staff for example.

After logging into ORCID you can use the drop down menu under your name and select trusted parties:

At the bottom of the page, after trusted organizations your can search for individual with an ORCID iD and see who you have already granted permissions to