ORCID: Open Researcher and Contributor ID

ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a not-for-profit, open source, global collaborative initiative to provide unique identification for researchers to make retrieval of papers by authors or cited authors more accurate and efficient. ORCID was formed to “support the creation of a permanent, clear and unambiguous record of research and scholarly communication by enabling reliable attribution of authors and contributors. ”

ORCID solves these problems:

  • Author name confusion in searching for authored and cited works; distinguish among authors with the same names
  • Attribution errors
  • Citation metric errors
  • Lack of persistent identification when people move to other departments or institutions
  • Having to input your publications information multiple times for different purposes, such as grants and annual reports

To take advantage of the opportunities provided by ORCID, register for an ID and fill in the required information. If you already have a Scopus Author ID/Profile,  all the information about your publications from that profile can be imported directly into ORCID.  If you have a ResearcherID  profile, you can add your ORCID identification number to that profile.  You can use your ORCID identification number where you need to list your publications, such as your web pages, grant applications and annual reports.

Discoverability Challenge

An interesting blog post from Lorcan Dempsey


The discoverability challenge is “not now only to improve local systems, it is to make library resources discoverable in other venues and systems, in the places where their users are having their discovery experiences. These include Google Scholar or Google Books, for example, or Goodreads, or Mendeley, or Amazon. It is also to promote institutionally created and managed resources to others. This involves more active engagement across a range of channels.”