|Release date: April 7, 2020; Category: Online Training Series; Submitted by Joe Prieto Reading time: 3 min.
What is an ORCID iD and why do I need one?
ORCID is an open, non-profit community-based effort that provides researchers with a unique digital identifier and a transparent method of linking research activities and output to the identifiers. ORCID identifiers, which stands for “Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier”, can be used by editors, funding agencies, publishers, and institutions to reliably identify individuals across disciplines, research sectors, and national boundaries. By cooperating with other identifier systems, the risk of confusing researchers of the same name is eliminated.
How can I use an ORCID iD?
An ORCID iD provides authors with the means to reliably, unambiguously, and permanently attach their names with the related work throughout the research career.
Why should an author have an ORCID iD?
Without a single system to uniquely identify the number of active researchers, an author will likely face any one of the following issues:
How would it benefit me?
Make your ORCID record public (configurable through the author’s ORCID account settings). Once public, you can ensure the discoverability of your research profile by including it in your complete target list. For example, you can include it in the following:
Can I add my peer reviews to my ORCID record?
Peer review is one of the fundamental aspects of a research professional. By using your ORCID iD, you enable connections with the same organizations that you perform the peer review services, essentially raising the visibility of your contributions.
While peer review activities can only be added to your ORCID record by a trusted organization, ORCID does support the range of review activities from double-blind reviews to open reviews.
So start today. Take charge of your published efforts. The ORCID identifier will belong only to you and you’ll be able to keep it through your long and prosperous academic career, regardless of your institution. It simply ensures that you are correctly identified.
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