ORCID – Connecting Researchers to their Research
Created by on 10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM

By Yvette Seger

Staffers from the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology and its member societies’ staff recently had the opportunity to learn more about a new tool for maintaining records of the research outputs of individual investigators, the Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier (ORCID). In her presentation, Laure Haak, PhD, Executive Director of ORCID, explained that ORCID is a non-profit organization providing researchers with free, unique, persistent, and portable identifiers that can be used to maintain a consistent record of research activities. Since its launch in October 2012, ORCID has issued over 300,000 identifiers.

Dr. Haak demonstrated how ORCID can maintain a current list of publications to import into web profiles and track the progress of submitted manuscripts. The SciENCV grant application system, launched by the National Institutes of Health in September, incorporates ORCID identifiers and will soon allow users to import information from their ORCID records, minimizing redundancy and transcription errors through autopopulation of key fields.

ORCID is also working to develop application of its identified to streamline administrative efforts to provide value added to membership records and help demonstrate the effectiveness of training programs and conference attendance. With constrained research budgets and the growing need to demonstrate research outcomes, a tool that minimizes a researcher’s administrative effort and helps track research outputs, could be very valuable.

Visit the ORCID website to learn more and to sign up for your ORCID identifier!