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Connecting researchers with their research through community adoption of ORCID

By Rebecca Bryant, Director of Community, ORCID | June 19, 2014

Rapid adoption and integration worldwide
In the 18 months since ORCID’s launch in October 2012, more than three quarters of a million researchers have registered for an ORCID identifier (iD). In addition, more than 140 organizations have become ORCID members and are integrating ORCID iDs into their systems using our open APIs. Membership and adoption is international, with all sectors of the community engaging: publishing, funding, universities and research institutes, and professional societies. (See the list of ORCID member organizations.)
Institutions that become ORCID members and use the member API can:
  • Read information from ORCID records
  • Send data such as publications to ORCID records
  • Integrate a search and link wizard to enable researchers to link to their works 
  • Link ORCID iDs to other IDs and registry systems
  • Create ORCID records on behalf of their employees or affiliates (1)

How publishers, organizations and universities use ORCID
Publishers are requesting ORCID iDs during manuscript submission, and passing the iDs through the publication production process in the article metadata. ORCID iDs are being included in metadata submitted to PubMed and to CrossRef, and appearing along with authors’ names in online and print publications. 

Scholars and researchers also can link past works to their ORCID iD through a growing number of search and link wizards. For example, researchers can link their ORCID iD to their publications in Scopus, Europe PubMed Central and ResearcherID, simultaneously posting publication metadata to their ORCID record and disambiguating their records in the external databases. 

We are also collaborating with the Consortia Advancing Standards in Research Administration Information (CASRAI) to determine how ORCID can support the acknowledgement of peer review activities. (2)
While journal articles are an important part of an individual’s research or scholarly contributions, other types of activities also play a critical role. ORCID supports connections with datasets, theses, book chapters, funding, education and organizations. 
Funding organizations including the US National Institutes of Health, US Department of Energy and the Wellcome Trust have integrated ORCID iDs into their systems. (3)  Researchers can link to past grant support using the search and link Uberwizard for ORCID. (4)  Some funders are also beginning to require ORCID iDs during grant submission, including Autism Speaks, Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (Portugal) and soon the Swedish Research Council. (5)
Universities are incorporating ORCID iDs into numerous campus systems, including institutional repositories, campus directories, researcher information systems and human resources. (6) Texas A&M University recently created ORCID iDs for its 10,000 graduate students and is requiring the ORCID iD for dissertation deposit. (7)  Having an ORCID iD is rapidly becoming a must for managing one’s scholarly identity in the 21st century.
University adoption has been encouraged and supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in the United States and by Jisc and ARMA in the UK. (8)
Professional societies like the Society for Neuroscience, IEEE and the American Anthropological Association are also incorporating ORCID iDs into their systems for membership renewal, abstracts, conference registration and, of course, publications. (9)

Documentation and outreach
ORCID provides outreach and technical resources through our website: integration use cases, handouts, open source code (10)  and more.  Handouts, posters, slide decks, video and other materials are available in multiple languages. (11) In addition, ORCID provides a comprehensive Knowledge Base of documentation and an open developer’s sandbox
We host twice-yearly outreach meetings and annual CodeFests to provide updates on ORCID, and to work with the community to explore and test integration of ORCID iDs. A list of upcoming meetings and archived presentations is available on our events page

Keeping in touch and new developments
Follow us at @ORCID_Org and subscribe to our blog to stay up to date on features we will roll out soon, including:
  • ability to validate links
  • updates to users’ records with information on published manuscripts
  • ability to assign account delegates
The success of ORCID — and with it, correct attribution — depends on people and organizations throughout the research community using the registry and embedding ORCID iDs in research workflows and systems.  Thank you for your help in achieving this vision.