It’s not just the Smiths and Johnsons who are facing challenges distinguishing their research activities from those of others with similar names. The Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) is an emerging international standard for unique identification throughout the scholarly communication process. It’s the project of a non-profit, community based organization with a board of directors and membership representing a broad range of stakeholders–researchers, publishers, and funders.
Many journal publishers are already asking authors to include their ORCID iDs when submitting manuscripts and PubMed has begun including them in the AUID field. NIH recently announced that they will work to embed ORCID in grant application workflows.
ORCID iDs are 16 digit numbers that can be expressed as links. For example, Dr. Shi Pan’s identifier is 0000-0002-8247-2110, or http://orcid.org/0000-0002-8247-2110.
Create your ORCID iD
ORCID iDs are free to create and you control what information is public or private. Scopus, a major bibliographic database provided by the Scott Memorial Library, provides a wizard to create an ORCID identifier and populate it with publications from Scopus. A tutorial reviews the benefits and demonstrates the steps. Since your publications in Scopus may be spread over a number of different automatically generated Scopus Author profiles (some of which may be inaccurate) the wizard will guide you through the process of selecting accurate information to send to ORCID. It will also send corrections to Scopus. This is a good way to make sure your faculty profile on the Jefferson website is accurate.
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