ORCID: Open Researcher and Contributor ID
“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”
― Dr. Seuss, Happy Birthday to You!
But if your name is Joan Smith, or if you’ve changed your name during the course of your career, how do you assure that anyone reading your published work knows that you are you? ORCID, Open Researcher and Contributor ID can help you establish and maintain your unique identity as a researcher and author.
ORCID is “an open, non-profit, community-driven effort to create and maintain a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers.” When you create an ORCID account, you obtain a unique identifier, which is attached to your public profile. You can then add citation information for your publications and other research to your ORCID identifier.
You control the privacy of your information; ORCID offers both global privacy settings where you can select a default privacy level for all information in your account, and privacy settings for each item you add. Privacy can be set to “public”, “limited” (visible only to those you designate as trusted organizations or individuals) or “private.” A “trusted individual” can be linked to your ORCID account as a person you’ve delegated to edit and update your account.
ORCID plays well with both bibliographic sources and other researcher profile systems. Citations for your publications can be imported from many sources including Google Scholar. ORCID can be linked to SCOPUS Author ID or Thomson Reuters ResearchID, and to the NLM SciENcv tool used to create NIH and NSF Biosketches.ORCID is also fully compatible with the next generation of the Faculty Portfolios database, set for Fall 2015 implementation at Drexel, facilitating automatic updating of ORCID via the Faculty Portfolios database.