ORCID at the UFZ



What is ORCID about?

ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID, is a persistent identifier for researchers. Financed by institutional memberships, the free ORCID has become the standard for researchers and enables a unique identification of scientifically active persons, who can make their professional career and own publications permanently public with the help of their ORCID profile.

Since 01.09.2022 the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research GmbH - UFZ is an institutional member of the ORCID DE consortium in order to promote the dissemination of ORCID at the UFZ and to profit from the advantages of the technical synchronization of the institution's own infrastructure with the ORCID database.


We recommend a ORCID registration as it can help researchers to significantly increase the visibility of their own person as well as their publications. The publication guidelines of the UFZ also encourages to secure an unique author identification.

Once registered researchers can always be identified unambiguously and permanently, even with different name variants or after a name change. Because ORCID is independent, moves to another institution or a change of research focus does not have a negative impact on one's own visibility.

In addition, an ORCID iD facilitates communication with publishers, with third party funding as well as communicating with colleagues.


Registering an ORCID iD is free of charge. After successful registration, the ORCID profile can provide information about the professional career, name variants and publications while the visibility each entry can be customized.

Since the UFZ is part of ORCID DE consortium, an automated enrichment of the publication list can take place by synchronizing the institutional repository of the UFZ, the Publikationsdatenbank, with the infrastructure of ORCID. We are looking forward to realise that in the future. More information is available under the next subitem UFZ as a member of the ORCID DE consortium.

Because of the consortial membership we are planning to make it possible to synchronize the ORCID infrastructure with the Publikationsdatenbank of the UFZ, which will allow updating the publication lists of UFZ scientists. A successfull authentication also adds a bagde in the publication index of the UFZ, which links directly to the ORCID profile.

The automated synchronization requires read and write permissions on the part of those responsible for the project at the UFZ, which can be granted via an application.

Link to the app

To use the app, users must log in with UFZ credentials and then grant rights, which can be revoked at any time. While using the app there will be information about the granted rights, but if you have any questions or need help, please contact the project managers:

  • Paul Mei├čner, Open Access Officer of the library
  • Michael Garbe, WKDV staff member