ORCID will grant scientists a unique identifying number, helping readers of the literature to distinguish between authors with similar names, launched this week.
“But ORCID is more than a Registry, it is a community effort to embed these identifiers in research workflows,” explains Laure Haak, Executive Director of ORCID.
Through integration in these manuscript and grant submission workflows as well as researcher profiles, ORCID promises to help scholars and institutions manage academic information and provide both with more control over their own record of scholarship.
ORCID currently provides two basic services: (1) a registry to obtain a unique identifier and manage a record of activities, and (2) APIs that support system-to-system communication and authentication.
Several research information system providers are also planning to integrate ORCID identifiers, including figshare, KNODE, Faculty of 1000 and ImpactStory.
ORCID: “Reliably Connecting Research With Researchers”