What is ORCID?
Researchers and scholars face the ongoing challenge of distinguishing scholarly
activities from those of others with similar names. They need to be able to easily
and uniquely attach their identity to scholarly work, such as articles, citations,
grants, patents and datasets. As individuals collaborate across disciplines and
institutions, they must interact with an increasing number and diversity of information
systems. Entering data over and over again can be time-consuming, and often frustrating.
ORCID is an open, non-profit, community-based effort to reduce that frustration.
ORCID provides a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method
of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers. An ORCID iD is
a persistent unique identifier that follows an individual throughout their career,
and looks something like “0000-0003-0423-208X.”
ORCID records hold non-sensitive information such as name, email, organization,
and activities such as publication, grants, patents and other scholarly works. ORCID
provides tools for individuals to manage data privacy.
What is ORCID for additional information.
Why get an ORCID identifier?
Benefits of getting an ORCID iD include:
- Ensuring researchers get credit for their work
- Reducing time to identify scholarly output (see “Publisher integration,” below)
- Enabling scholars to keep track of and report on their work with funders, publishers
- Repurposing data for use in CV generation, citation repositories, Profiles, annual
reports, faculty web-sites, and other systems (see “Grant submission integration,”
- Tying individuals to their scholarly work should make finding academic papers easier
and more accurate
Publisher integration: Elsevier, Thomson Reuters, Nature and other major publishers
have begun integrating ORCID iDs into the manuscript submission process, and embedding
ORCID identifiers across their scientific and scholarly research ecosystem. This
will save authors time during submission, and enable automatic updating of author
bibliographies when articles are published.
Grant submission integration: NIH, NSF and other federal agencies are planning to
integrate ORCID iDs into the ScienCV platform, for linking researchers, their grants,
and their scientific output. The US federal government has been working to create
a fed-wide profile system to streamline the grants and contract application process
and reduce the data entry burden for investigators, and ORCID holds promise to be
part of the solution.
What does the process entail?
There are benefits to having Profiles RNS initiate your ORCID record creation,
or reporting an existing ORCID, as it paves the way for data exchange between Profiles RNS
and ORCID on behalf of each scholar.
When Profiles RNS initiates the process, we will upload your name and email address to
create your ORCID record. Your email will be set as “public” within ORCID, unless
you are hidden in your instituion directory, in which case you will be set to “limited” (for
more on ORCID privacy settings, see the ORCID Privacy Settings). You always have
the ability to change these settings – the ORCID record is controlled by you, not
your institution. Individuals who are in Profiles RNS will be asked if they want
to push select information from Profiles RNS to ORCID at the time the ORCID record
ORCID will send you an email to claim your record. During the claim process they
will suggest you set the default privacy setting for new works to be “public.” Data
labeled as either “public” or “limited” will be accessible by your institution. You may be asked
to allow your institution to be a Trusted Party (gain access to “limited” data), as a final step
after claiming your ORCID record. If you do not claim your record within 10 days,
it will become publicly visible. You can still claim the record at any time, and
we encourage you to do so.
For those not in Profiles RNS, or with no publication records showing in Profiles RNS,
you can opt to add works using alternative means, such as the ORCID to Scopus integration.
This option is available even if you have never used Scopus before. To use this,
once logged into ORCID, choose “Update works,” then “Also see
Import Research Activities,” to get the “Scopus to ORCID” option.
Additional information on the Scopus integration with ORCID can be found
here. You can use the same process but choose “CrossRef Metadata Search”
to search CrossRef’s metadata on journal articles, conference proceedings
and monographs, and add results to your ORCID profile. Additional information on
the CrossRef Metadata search can be found here. Thomson Reuters will
be adding integration to Web of Knowledge from within ORCID soon.