The international world of science is continuously converging.

And one of the greatest challenges of our digital time is uniquely assigning scientific articles, texts and books to their respective authors.

Same or similar names or changes in names can lead to confusion as well as omissions or false matches.

For this reason, De Gruyter is introducing ORCID, a global standard format:

  • Used to link scientific work with a uniquely assignable identifier
  • ORCID is an open, non-profit, community-driven application for the creation and maintenance of unique and distinctive identifiers for scientists
  • Provides a transparent, free registration process for individual users
  • Manages research activities
  • Offers open source APIs to simplify communications between different applications

The bibliographic information stored in ORCID by De Gruyter authors automatically appears at De Gruyter Online and in the bibliographic information of the printed editions of works. All you need is an ORCID Account.

What is ORCID?

  • ORCID is a free, not-for-profit service offering each researcher a unique digital identifier. This helps researchers to distinguish their work from works by others with similar names. ORCID records hold non-sensitive information such as name, email, organization and research activities.
  • ORCID will interconnect with other researcher identifier systems that are currently in use, including Elsevier's Scopus Author ID and Thomson Reuters' ResearcherID.

Why De Gruyter recommends ORCID?

  • De Gruyter has been a supporter of ORCID since 2014, recognizing that ORCID can greatly help reduce administrative work in research activity management and reporting, as well as in job and grant applications.
  • De Gruyter encourages all book and journal authors to provide an ORCID ID when submitting their manuscript for publication. Authors who don’t have an ORCID ID can register for one at http://orcid.org.
  • Through ORCID, researchers can allow publishers, funders, and research organizations to access the information in their ORCID profile during manuscript and grant submission, and/or when completing job applications.
  • The ORCID registry can support efforts in conflict-of-interest reporting and author role acknowledgement.
  • De Gruyter also anticipates a range of broader benefits to research through the use of ORCID: for example, connecting research-related information to support career tracking, and helping to identify peer reviewers and potential collaborators.


Become one of the growing numbers of De Gruyter authors who have already secured their ORCID ID by registering today.


ORCID also offers the possibility to disclose relevant sources of funding for articles in journals and books.

Drawing from a list of resources via a link to FundRef the funding institutions can be identified. This is especially important i.e. for Open-Access publications.

Both, ORCID and FundRef, thus offer an additional service for all De Gruyter authors and their external sources.