An academic or author in the internet-age can access a worldwide network of researchers writing and publishing on similar interests. But how do you distinguish your work from others? Have you come across a researcher with the same name as you, but publishes in an entirely different discipline? Have you changed your name, suddenly making it difficult to collate all your research activities into one coherent place? Have you noticed an article that references your work but incorrectly spells your name?
An ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier) is a tool that connects you, consistently and authoritatively, with your online research activities. It gives you a unique digital identity which can be kept throughout your career.
Ultimately, the goal of ORCID is to improve discoverability, reduce repetitive data entry, allowing researchers and organizations more time to focus on research and scholarly pursuits. Users enhance their ORCID with professional information and link to any other research identifiers (such as Scopus or ResearcherID or LinkedIn). ORCID can then be used to automatically update grant or publication submission systems and in any research workflow (including UDORA) to ensure accurate and updated information from one source, which is controlled by the researcher.
Further reading from the academic’s perspective:
Anstey, A (2014), ‘How can we be certain who authors really are? Why ORCID is important to the British Journal of Dermatology’, The British Journal Of Dermatology, 171, 4, pp. 679-680
Further reading from the librarian’s perspective:
Meadows, A (2016), ‘Everything you ever wanted to know about ORCID … but were afraid to ask’, College & Research Libraries News, 77, 1, pp. 23-30.
Further reading from the publisher’s perspective:
Haak, L, Fenner, M, Paglione, L, Pentz, E, & Ratner, H (2012), ‘ORCID: a system to uniquely identify researchers’, Learned Publishing, 25, 4, pp. 259-264.