An ORCID iD (Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier) is a persistent, unique digital identifier for researchers, used to track both author and reviewer activity. With ORCID, you can:
- Easily distinguish yourself from other researchers with similar names, so you always get the credit you deserve
- Ensure that your work is properly attributed throughout your career, even if you change your name or email address, switch institutions, or move to another country
- Enable auto-updates to your ORCID profile so that your bibliography is always up-to-date
- Sign-in to multiple journal submission systems using just one username and password
At PLOS, all corresponding authors must provide an ORCID ID when submitting. Co-authors, reviewers, and editorial board members also have the option to provide an ORCID. Through an integration with our submission system, authors and reviewers can choose to have their ORCID profiles updated automatically as they complete activities in our system.