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ORCID is a great initiative that provides a unique identifier for researchers (akin to a DOI but for people). In my opinion, the two main/direct benefits from having an ORCID account are:

  1. a web page with details about researcher background and publication (see mine at and check out this previous note on the topic);

  2. an ORCID account can be used to log in the web interfaces of various scientific journals so that research have a centralized login and personnal details for various journals (see the log in page of Global Ecology and Biogeography as an example ⬇️).

There are teo cool R 📦 that allow one to retrieve and format a set of publications from using an ORCID: rorcid retrieve information publicly available on a given ORCID, which includes the DOIs of the publications listed and rcrossref that retrieve publication details from a DOI. The rorcid’s vignette describes how to combine these two steps in three lines of R code:

# find the papers added on my ORCID profile  
my_dois <- rorcid::identifiers(rorcid::works("0000-0001-6619-9874"))
# fetch the references details
pubs <- rcrossref::cr_cn(dois = my_dois, format = "bibtex")
# write them in a bib text
invisible(lapply(pubs, write, "pubs.bib", append=TRUE))

I actually wrapped that code in a function that is now in my .Rprofile so as to obtain a bibtex with all my publication with a single command line 😏. Note that if you are looking another format for your list of publication (e.g. JSON), the conversion can readily be done with pandoc-citeproc.