You have full control over your ORCID profile, what it contains and what is publicly visible.
Once you have registered, the minimum information visible will be your name and your ORCID iD. However you can choose to make more information visible, such as your publications, education and employment history.
Your publication list will grow as ORCID locates articles from the sources you identify. You can also create a manual record for anything that might not be imported automatically, for example from publishers that have not yet integrated with ORCID.
The ORCID iD is a 16-digit number randomly assigned by the ORCID registry.
An example ORCID identifier would have the following structure: 0000-0001-5109-3700. It can be expressed as a URL like this: http://orcid.org/0000-0001-5109-3700.
When applying for a grant or submitting an article for publication with a funder or publisher that has integrated with the ORCID registry. You can also add it to your CV, business cards or personal website.
If you are a student or new member of staff creating an ORCID iD you can populate your profile by importing a BibTeX file. ORCID can also import articles from CrossRef and other sources.
Your ORCID iD goes with you; it is not tied to a particular institution.