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Spring 2016 Teaching Tips | University of West Florida


Increase the visibility and impact of your scholarly work using ORCID and ResearchID

March 29, 2016

Increase the visibility and impact of your scholarly work using ORCID and ResearchID

When faculty attempt to document the impact of their work, they must
be able to clearly identify citations for their work and separate these
from citations of work by authors with similar names. If you have ever
run a Google search on your name and found a collection of hits that
include your work and the work of several other people, you are well
aware of the problem created when many scholars have similar names, when
a scholar publishes with various forms of his/her name (e.g., with and
without middle initial), or when a scholar’s last name changes
mid-career (e.g., adopting a new last name or creating a hyphenated name
with a marriage or for other legal reasons).

Scholars now have two options for unambiguously claiming ownership of their work: the Open Research and Contributor ID (ORCID. and ResearchID (


ORCID is an open, non-profit, and worldwide community that includes
individual researchers, universities, national laboratories, commercial
research organizations, research funders, publishers, national science
agencies, data repositories, and international professional societies.
Registration is independent of membership, which means researchers may
use the identifier throughout their career, irrespective of changes in
discipline, location, name, or affiliation. ORCID provides a persistent
digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher
and ensures that your work is recognized.

The ORCID registry is free. The unique identifier unambiguously
identifies the work of specific researchers. Researchers use their ORCID
identifier to update, maintain, and share research objects (data sets,
articles, media stories, patents, etc.) with collaborators and to
clearly distinguish their research activities from the work of others.
Researchers may use their identifier when they submit a paper or a
dataset to authorize CrossRef or DataCite to formalize the ORCID
identifier-DOI connection when the work is published and to update their
ORCID record. Citations for publications can be imported from many
sources, including Google Scholar. ORCID can be linked to SCOPUS’ Author
ID or Thomson Reuters’ ResearchID and to the NLM SciENcv tool used to
create NIH and NSF Biosketches.


ResearcherID offers a free virtual space to manage and share your
professional information. Each member is assigned a unique identifier to
enable researchers to manage their publication lists, track their times
cited counts and h-index, identify potential collaborators, and avoid
author misidentification. By assigning a unique identifier to each
author who participates, ResearcherID standardizes and clarifies author
names and citations and makes your information search more
straightforward and accessible. It also helps to identify any changes in
institutional affiliations during your career. In addition,
ResearcherID information fully integrates with the Web of Science and is
ORCID compliant, allowing you to increase visibility of your
publications from a single one account.

Faculty who register with ORCID and ResearchID will have an easier
task when they attempt to document the impact of their work. They can
gather information about how often their work has been cited without
having to scrub the names and citations for researchers with similar
names from preliminary citation searches.


ORCID web site.

ResearcherID web site:

Thanks to Bob Dugan, Dean of Libraries, University of West Florida, for this teaching tip.

Spring 2016 Teaching Tips | University of West Florida

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