Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID)

All IEEE journals now require an Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) for all authors. An ORCID is a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes different authors from each other. ORCIDs enable accurate attribution and improved discoverability of an author's published work. ORCIDs function for authors the same way that Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) function for articles.

Authors may register for an ORCID via

Follow these steps to link a ScholarOne account to a registered ORCID:

  1. Login to ScholarOne and click on your name in the top right corner of the screen.
  2. Click E-mail / Name in the dropdown menu.
  3. In the ORCID section at the top of the page, click the appropriate link to either register for a new ORCID or associate the account with an existing ORCID.
  4. A new page will open to create and/or validate your ORCID. Once the validation is complete, the new page will close and you will return to ScholarOne.
  5. Save the changes to your ScholarOne user account.

Authors who do not have an ORCID in their ScholarOne user account will be prompted to provide one during submission.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is ORCID?
Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) is a not-for-profit organization that provides persistent unique identifiers for researchers, much like a DOI does for a published article. Researchers can sign up for an ORCID for free via an easy registration process on or via ScholarOne or the Author Gateway.

Do co-authors need ORCIDs?
IEEE encourages all co-authors to have ORCIDs. Corresponding authors can ask their co-authors to link their ScholarOne accounts to their ORCIDs.

How is the ORCID collected?
Both ScholarOne and the Author Gateway collect ORCIDs via a link to The user is returned to their previous screen after the ORCID is collected and verified. ORCIDs cannot be entered manually; this ensures that the ORCID is valid.

Why is IEEE implementing this policy?
ORCID disambiguates author names, allowing for accurate attribution and improved discoverability.

Do any other publishers have this policy?
(As of July, 2016) IEEE joins 16 other major journal publishers in requiring an ORCID for submission. An additional 40+ publishers request but do not require ORCIDs during submission.

Does the author need to add their ORCID to every manuscript they submit?
The author needs to add their ORCID only once per ScholarOne site. If the author has an account on another journal's ScholarOne site, then the author will follow the same process for that journal.