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Student 2017/18 - ORCID identifier

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Student 2017/18

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ORCID identifier

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Short nameORCID

This field records the ORCID identifier of a student.

Applicable toEngland Northern Ireland Scotland Wales

All students (optional).


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

It has two purposes:

a) It aims to track the career progression of a research student and follow their pathway into employment within the Higher Education sector.

b) It allows student or staff to attach their unique identity to their research; and is a way of connecting researchers to their research and its outputs. This enables accurate attribution of research and its products.

It is the responsibility of the individual to provide their ORCID identifier to the provider in order for it to be returned and their progress tracked.

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:


Providers are encouraged to return the ORCID identifier for students on research programmes.

More details on the ORCID identifier are available from the JISC support page or the ORCID website.

The last character in the ORCID ID is a checksum. This checksum must be "0" - "9" or "X", a capital letter X which represents the value 10.

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Part of
Field length19
Minimum occurrences0
Maximum occurrences1
Schema components
Element: ORCID
Data type: ORCIDType
OwnerORCID, Inc.
Date modified2018-04-24
Change management notesGuidance added to clarify that X is a valid value.

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