Adding Education Affiliations to ORCID Records

These workflows set out a process by which an ORCID member (e.g. a research institution) can integrate with the ORCID API. They give a walkthrough of the process of collecting authenticated ORCID iDs from your researchers, retrieving data from their ORCID records, adding their affiliation with your organization to their ORCID records, and updating records which you have previously added.

These workflows are for any organization wanting to acknowledge a formal academic higher education relationship between individuals and their organization, such as a degree program.





As a research organization, you are uniquely positioned to connect validated, trustworthy information about your researchers’ affiliation with you to their ORCID records. This enables you to take control of how your name is used in the research literature, and to easily keep track of former staff, students, and faculty.  It makes it simple for your researchers to share accurate and authoritative information about their affiliation with your institution when applying for grants, publishing an article, book, or database, and more.

An education affiliation appears on an ORCID record like this: 

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What information do Education assertions contain?

All affiliation sections use the same set of metadata in the API:

  • Organization name*
  • Organization city*
  • Organization region
  • Organization country*
  • Organization ID (Ringgold, GRID, or LEI)*
  • Role/Title
  • Department 
  • URL 
  • Start date
  • End date
  • An external persistent identifier describing the affiliation 

*Indicates a required field. 


There are two generalized workflows for adding affiliation assertions: by collecting ORCID iDs in your systems at registration or in the user’s profile page; or by emailing existing users and asking them to connect their iD to your system.  Both have three components: authenticate, connect, and display.

Workflow 1: Collecting iDs within your systems

In this scenario, ORCID iDs are a requirement of the research management/HR system.  Researchers are asked to authenticate their ORCID iD and grant your organization permission to interact with their record.  Once they have registered, your system can update the appropriate section of the individual’s ORCID record with details of their employment, connecting them with your organization. Their ORCID iD should be displayed alongside any publicly available information about the researcher, such as their profile page. 

Workflow 2: Collecting iDs retrospectively

If your system already contains information about your researchers and their past activities, or if there is no registration component, you can instead email individuals a unique link they can use to connect themselves with your system.  When clicked, this link directs them to ORCID to authenticate their iD and grant your organization permission to update their record. It then redirects them to a specially created web page you provide. Your system stores the link between the ORCID iD and the email address/user account, and uses the permissions the individual has granted to update the appropriate section of their ORCID record, connecting them and their activity with your  organization. Again, if the organization provides public information about the people they work with, then the ORCID iD should be displayed alongside the user record on your system.

Affiliation dates for employment

Affiliation assertions contain start dates and end dates, and we strongly encourage you to populate these fields, where possible, as this makes verification of their affiliation with your organization easier. The workflows above enable long-term update permissions, which can be used to add an end date via the ORCID API when an individual’s affiliation finishes.  This makes the full term of their affiliation with you clear.



It is critical that you collect ORCID iDs and obtain permission to read and update ORCID records, by first prompting users to sign into ORCID from within your system, and then retrieving their data from the ORCID Registry using the ORCID API. It is also essential to provide information within your system about why you are collecting ORCID iDs and why this is beneficial to your users.

You must provide a hyperlinked, ORCID-branded button for collecting authenticated ORCID iDs. This can be at sign-in, in the researcher’s personal profile, or in a customized email to the researcher. Using an ORCID-branded button consistently helps ensure that your researchers associate it with being asked to securely provide their iD, which in turn builds trust in ORCID as a reliable identifier.

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You can help your researchers get credit for their invited positions and distinctions by connecting validated information about their affiliation with you to their ORCID records. At the same time, you will be helping to build trust in scholarly communications. By asserting the connection between individuals and your organization -- connections that only your organization can make authoritatively -- you ensure that your organization is appropriately acknowledged when your researchers make professional contributions. That information can then be shared, with their permission, with the other systems your researchers interact with, helping to create a trustworthy research information infrastructure.

Adding information to ORCID records involves sending formatted data to the ORCID Registry using the ORCID API, and saving the put code that the ORCID Registry returns for each item. Doing this requires that you have collected both ORCID iDs and update permission as described in Authenticate above.

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Displaying ORCID iDs clearly signals to your users that your system supports ORCID. It requires you to have collected validated ORCID iDs from researchers as described above in Authenticate. 

Once a researcher has connected their ORCID iD to your system, publicly display their iD on their profile within your system so that they know that they have successfully connected and asserted their iD. Format the iD as a hyperlinked URI and include the green iD icon, per our iD Display Guidelines. Where applicable, also include the authenticated iD in any metadata sent to third-party services. 

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