ORCID + Organizational Membership
ORCID membership is open to any organization interested in supporting our work, integrating ORCID metadata with their systems, adding trusted metadata to their researchers’ or users’ ORCID records, or participating in our governance.
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ORCID has over 1,200 member organizations—both direct and through consortia—including universities and research institutions, publishers and professional associations, funders, facilities, government agencies, service providers, commercial businesses, and other stakeholders in the research ecosystem.
Membership Types: Direct and Consortia
ORCID offers membership to organizations either directly or through consortia. If your organization is non-profit, we recommend you consider first exploring whether you could join an existing consortium in your country or region.
Beyond public access, ORCID offers two levels of access to members: Basic and Premium. Both include access to our Member API (Application Programming Interface), which allows your systems and applications to connect to the ORCID registry, including reading from and writing to individual ORCID records with the record holder’s permission.
The charts in the titles below outline the benefits of data access and interoperability, integration support, invitations to member-only events, and the opportunity to participate in ORCID’s governance that we offer with our membership access levels.
|Public Access||Basic Member Access||Premium and
Consortium Member Access
|Number of integrations|
public API credential
member API credential
|Additional integrations available for a fee|
|Write Data to ORCID Records|
|Add data to ORCID records*|
|Update or delete data you’ve added to a record|
|Access Affiliation Manager to add and update affiliation data||
|Read ORCID data|
|Use Authenticated iDs in your workflows|
|Search and retrieve public data|
|Access the annual Public Data File|
|Access trusted data*|
|Synchronize with public data file on demand|
|Receive record update notifications|
|Sign in with ORCID|
|Let your users sign in with ORCID.|
|Confirm security level of sign-in|
|Learn from our Knowledge Base|
of technical documentation, and tutorials
|Access use cases, best practices,|
outreach resources, and sample communications
|Join the API Users group|
|Get help from our dedicated support team||
|Prepare for launches and releases|
with integrated user acceptance testing
|Onboard with a virtual orientation|
customized to your organization’s needs
|Experiment in our sandbox test environment|
|Participate in public events hosted by ORCID|
|Participate in |
working groups and community events
|Access on-demand Member and Integration Reports|
|Access on-demand affiliation reports||
|Nominate a representative|
to stand for election to the ORCID Board
|Vote in annual ORCID Board elections|
|Participate in ORCID member-only events,|
such as town hall meetings
|Receive Member Connect Newsletter|
*Subject to permissions granted by iD holders
ORCID relies on membership fees to support our work and ensure that it’s always free for researchers everywhere to obtain and use an ORCID iD. The fees we collect from members are used to sustain and improve the ORCID registry and support the enhancement of our products and services for the benefit of the global research community. Learn more about how we set our fees here.
Direct Membership Fees
To encourage maximum participation in ORCID and ensure equitable access to our services, we offer the following discounts:
- Non-profit and government organizations are eligible for a 20% discount on direct membership fees, which are reflected in the table below.
- Small and start-up organizations are organizations with less than US$ 200,000 (or equivalent) in revenue in the past fiscal year. These are eligible for a 75% discount on direct membership fees, which are reflected in the table below.
Eligibility for discounts will be re-evaluated at each membership renewal. Non-profit and small/start-up discounts are not applicable to consortium members.
|Direct Membership||Annual fee**|
|Commercial organizations||US$ 5,305|
|Non-profit and government organizations‡||US$ 4,245|
|Start-ups and other organizations with less than US$ 200k in annual revenue or grants||US$ 1,325|
(consortium members automatically have premium access)
|Small commercial organization with less than US$ 200M in annual revenue or grants||US$ 10,610|
|Large commercial organizations with more than US$ 200M in annual revenue or grants||US$ 26,525|
|Small non-profit and government organizations with less than US$ 200M in annual revenue or grants ‡||US$ 8,485|
|Large non-profit and government organizations with more than US$ 200M in annual revenue or grants ‡||US$ 21,220|
|Start-ups and other organizations with less than US$ 200k in annual revenue or grants||US$ 2,650|
|Additional integrations||US$ 3,185 per additional integration
** Our fees exclude any applicable taxes and are always invoiced in US$. Membership applies to a single legal entity and the revenue/grant funding of that entity will be used to determine the applicable fee.
‡Non-profit organizations should consider joining ORCID through a consortium and save on annual membership fees.
Consortium Membership Fees
In addition to lower fees and automatic premium access, membership through an existing or newly-established consortium carries the benefits of a community of practice, including a coordinated approach to ORCID implementation, technical and administrative support, workshops, engagement with ORCID staff to support integration efforts, as well as access to the Affiliation Manager which allows organizations to add affiliation data to their researchers’ ORCID records quickly, without the need for a developer or specialized IT knowledge. Learn more about ORCID consortia here. Note that only non-profit organizations are eligible for membership through consortia.
The table below shows the fees that we collect from our Consortium lead organizations, however some Consortia may charge separate, additional fees for their services, or apply a different pricing structure to their members.
|Consortia size||Annual Fee**|
|5+ members||US$ 6,180/member
|10+ members||US $5,150/member|
|20+ members||US $4,120/member|
|35+ members||US $3,605/member|
|60+ members||US $3,090/member|
|Additional integrations||US$ 1,030 per additional integration|
**Our fees exclude any applicable taxes and are always invoiced in US$. Membership applies to a single legal entity and the revenue/grant funding of that entity will be used to determine the applicable fee.