ORCID (open researcher and contributor id) provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized.
ORCID iD provides researchers with a persistent identifier, which will make it possible to distinguish between two people with the same name or connect publications written by the same person under different names:
An ORCID iD is not a private identifier and can be distributed publicly. On top of that, your ORCID iD will follow you throughout your career no matter how often you change your job. Thus, your ORCID.org profile will compile all your CV and publication information. The profile will also keep track of all your former email addresses, providing your collaborators with your most recent contact information, when searching for the email address, they know.
Other attempts for unique identification registers have been made prior to ORCID iD – e.g. Thomson Reuters ResearcherID. The idea behind ORCID iD is the same, but for the first time there is a bid for a system which is not connected to the interests of a single commercial publisher and which is simultaneously supported by many different stakeholders (see the ORCID list of members).
If you already have a unique researcher identifier like the Thomson Reuters Researcher-ID don’t despair. With just a few clicks, you can connect the two and harvest the benefits from the ORCID iD, which is not tied to a single, commercial publisher, but will allow the exchange of information across several platforms.
Both universities, publishers, funding organizations and scholarly societies and associations unite in supporting and implementing ORCID iD in their internal information systems and workflows. This means that over time there will be a coherent infrastructure, linked by ORCID iD, that will allow the free exchange of data about research activities, publications, funding and projects – without you having to fill in data in numerous systems.
For instance, you will not need to register your publications in PURE: when submitting manuscripts for publishers you will attach not just your name, but also your ORCID iD. The publisher will then submit your ORCID as an author information making it part of the article’s metadata. This in turn makes it possible for PURE to automatically collect information about your publications by searching the publisher databases for your ORCID iD.
With an ORCID iD you do not need to type in the same information over and over again across research registration systems, funding applications ect. You will save time and still ensure that you are recognized for all your work.
Claiming your ORCID iD just takes a few moments of your time and you can control what information is displayed publicly and what information you allow to be exchanged between systems.
Start now and harvest the benefits today:
- Claim your free ORCID iD via PURE or at http://orcid.org/register
- Import your research outputs and add biographical information using the automated import wizards
- Use your ORCID when you apply for grants, submit publications, or share your CV.
Learn more about ORCID iD in Denmark at http://orcid.dk or contact your local research library for more information or support.