Ten things you need to know about ORCID right now
discover that he shares a name with 113 other researchers? Or realized
that Google Scholar stopped tracking citations to your work after you
took your spouse’s surname a few years back?
are permanent identifiers for researchers. Community uptake has
increased tenfold over the past year, and continues to be adopted by new
institutions, funders, and journals on a daily basis. ORCID may prove
to be one of the most important advances in scholarly communication in
the past ten years.
1. ORCIDs protects your unique scholarly identityThere are approximately 200,000 people per unique surname in China. That’s a lot of “J Wang”s–more than 1200 in nanoscience alone! Same for lots of other names: we’re just not as uniquely named as we think.
Not a Wang? You’ll probably still need ORCID if you plan to assume
your spouse’s family name, or accidentally omit your middle initial from
the byline when submitting a manuscript.
ORCID solves the author name
problem by giving individuals a unique, 16-digit numeric identification
number that lasts over time.
The numbers are stored in a central
registry, which will power a research infrastructure that ensures that
people find the correct “J Wang” and get credit for all their publications.
2. Creating an ORCID identifier takes 30 secondsSetting up an ORCID record is easier than setting up a Facebook account, and literally only takes 30 seconds.
Plus, if you’ve published before, you likely already have a ResearcherID or Scopus Author ID, or you may have publications indexed in CrossRef–which
means that you can easily import information from those systems into
your ORCID record, letting those websites do the grunt work for you.
3. ORCID is getting big fast
You’ll likely encounter ORCID identifers more and more often on journal
websites and funding applications–a great reason to better understand
ORCID’s purpose and uses.
4. ORCID lasts longer than your email addressAnyone who has ever moved
institutions knows the pain of losing touch with colleagues once access
to your old university email disappears. ORCID eases that pain by storing your most recent email address.
If you choose to share it, your email address can be shared across
platforms–meaning you spend less time updating your many profiles.
5. ORCID supports 37 types of “works,” from articles to dance performancesAny type of scholarly output you create, ORCID can handle.
Are you a traditional scientists, who writes only papers and the occasional book chapter? ORCID can track ‘em.
Are you instead a cutting-edge computational biologist who releases datasets and figures for your thesis, as they are created? ORCID can track that, too.
Not a scientist at all, but an art professor? You can import your works using ORCID, as well, using ISNI2ORCID… you get the idea.
ORCID will even start importing information about your service to your discipline soon!
6. You control who views your ORCID informationConcerned about the privacy implications of ORCID? You’re in luck–ORCID has granular privacy controls.
When setting up your ORCID record, you can select the default privacy settings for all of your content–Open to everyone, Open to trusted parties (web services that you’ve linked to your ORCID record), or Open only to yourself. Once your profile is populated, you can set custom privacy levels for each item, easy as pie.
7. ORCID is glue for all your research servicesYou can connect your ORCID account with websites including Web of Science, Figshare, and Impactstory, among many others.
back and forth between services–meaning that a complete ORCID record
will allow you to automatically import the same information to multiple
places, rather than having to enter the same information over and over
again on different websites.
8. Journals, funders & institutions are moving to ORCIDSome of the world’s largest publishers, funders, and institutions have adopted ORCID.
Over 1000 journals, including publications by PLOS, Nature, and Elsevier,
are using ORCID as a way to make it easier for authors to manage their
information in manuscript submission systems. ORCID can also collect
your publications from across these varied services, making it possible
to aggregate author-level metrics.
now request that grantees use ORCIDs to manage information in their
systems, and many other funding agencies across the world are following
By eliminating redundancies and automating some reporting functions,
ORCID will be especially helpful in reducing time and monies spent on REF and other assessment activities.
9. When everyone has an ORCID identifier, scholarship gets better
employment history, collaborator names and affiliations, etc when
applying for grants or submitting manuscripts? For many publishers and
funders, you can now simply supply your ORCID identifier, saving you
precious time to do research.
10. ORCID is open source, open data, and community-driven
Reference them and you’ll sound like an expert at your next department
meeting (to which you should of course bring your custom ORCID mug).
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