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ORCID identifier

Version 1.0 Produced 2014-04-30

Short name ORCID
Type field
Description This field records the ORCID identifier of a member of staff
Applicable to England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland
Coverage All members of staff (optional)
Field length 19
Part of Person
Minimum occurrences 0
Maximum occurrences 1
Reason required To record a unique sector-wide identifier for members of staff to allow for career tracking within the higher education sector.

The ORCID identifier is a unique identifier for researchers that is compatible with the ISO Standard (ISO 27729). ORCID IDs are randomly assigned by the ORCID Registry and will be expressed as a URI.

HESA does not require the whole of the URI to be returned, just the 16 identification digits returned as four block of four numbers, separated by hyphens.

An ORCID identifier would have the following structure:

This would be returned to HESA as:


More details on the ORCID identifier are available on the ORCID website.

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