ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes a researcher from every other researchers. Through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, ORCID supports automated linkages between the researcher and his or her professional activities ensuring that his or her work is recognized. ORCID thus provides a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers.
Last october ORCID launched an Auto-Update functionality in collaboration with Crossref and DataCite. Until now, researchers have had to manually maintain their record, connecting new activities as they are made public. In ORCID, that meant using Search & Link tools to claim works manually. Researchers frequently asked: “Why, if I include my ORCID iD when I submit a manuscript or dataset, isn’t my ORCID record “automagically” updated when the work is published?”
In order to make the Auto-Update work, researchers need to do two things: (1) use the ORCID iD when submitting a paper or dataset, and (2) authorize Crossref and DataCite to update the ORCID record. This permission may be revoked at any time, and researchers may also choose privacy settings for the information posted on their record.
Publishers and data centers also have two things to do: (1) collect ORCID identifiers during the submission workflow, using a process that involves authentication (not a type-in field!), and (2) embed the iD in the published paper and include the iD when submitting information to Crossref or DataCite. Upon receipt of data from a publisher or data center with a valid identifier, Crossref or DataCite can automatically push that information to the researcher’s ORCID record.
More information about how to opt out of this service can be found here: the ORCID Inbox. Source: ORCID.org
A very interesting article on this issue was written by Martin Fenner, DataCite Technical Director: Explaining the DataCite/ORCID Auto-update
SSRN has just integrated ORCID IDs into its database.
To be recognized by SSRN with your ORCID number, you simply need to log in your account and edit your personal information. You will be able to connect or create your ID on the same page.
If you want to know more about ORCID IDs, please read our last year blog post: “Have you got your ORCID numbet yet?”
As of December 12, there were 1,051,707 live ORCID IDs and 196,344 ORCID IDs with at least one work.
Have you got your ORCID numbet yet?
What is ORCiD?
ORCiD, or “Open Researcher Contributor Identification Initiative” is an alphanumeric code uniquely assigned to scientific and academic authors.
Why to get an ORCiD I.D.?
· Due to many duplicates or variations of a single personal name, one particular author’s contributions to academia can be hard to electronically recognize.
· Similarly, with name changes due to marriage, cultural differences in name order and differing writing systems, inconsistent use of a name and first-name abbreviations, and even false identities, many works can become lost or confused in a sea of “John Smiths”.
· Its free.
· An unchangeable and universally recognized identity, as offered by ORCiD, therefore makes attribution of works, and discovery of articles much easier; your work is much more easily distinguishable from others with similar names; you can therefore easily add your unique identity to research objects across disciplines without having to consistently re-enter the same data.
· Launched in October 2012, ORCiD now has over 65 member organizations, including many publishers, such as Elsevier, Springer, Wiley and Thomson Reuters Research.
How to register?
Visit http://orcid.org/ and click on “register”
Registration takes no more than 30 seconds, and you can use your ORCID identifier whenever you submit works, on your peronal website, when applying for funding, or in any research workflow to ensure you get the deserved credit for your work.