With the evolution of the internet and new forms of scholarly communication, the globalization of research, more emphasis on interdisciplinary research, researchers moving from one field to another, researchers being more mobile -- to name just a few -- the issues associated with finding and keeping track of a scholar’s research has magnified significantly.
Additionally, there is increased interest – on the part of universities, research institutes, funding agencies – in tracking research (publications, data sets, websites, software, patents, grants, etc.) and connecting them to create a “story” that demonstrates the value of each researcher’s contributions, the value of the institution’s aggregated research endeavors, and the return on investment for the agencies that fund research initiatives.
Your name is key to establishing a unique public profile throughout your scholarly career -- no matter what kind of scholarship you pursue. However, most name's aren't unique, and everyone's name is subject to variants. Having a unique, persistent, recognized identifier to which all of your scholarship is linked is invaluable in an online environment. Although other scholar identification systems exist (Author ID (Elsevier/Scopus), ISNI (International Standard Name Identifier), Researcher ID (Thomson Reuters/Web of Science)), research institutions, publishers, and funders are rapidly adopting ORCID as a standard. Your ORCID iD builds your academic identity by:
Why can ORCID do this more effectively than existing scholar identifiers? Because:
What is the adoption rate for ORCID?