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Collaboration eases workflow for researchers with simple profile updates

ANN ARBOR, MI, April 15, 2016 – ProQuest is enabling automated updates from ORCID to scholar profiles in its popular Pivot® research solution. Now, citations added or updated in a scholar’s ORCID profile will cascade near real time and seamlessly into their Pivot profile.

Locating funding opportunities is an arduous task and securing research funding is becoming increasingly competitive, as funding opportunities are limited and the number of researchers vying for those opportunities continues to grow. Pivot uses researchers’ profile information in its recommendation engine, matching grants and collaborators to researchers. Integration of the updated publication information helps Pivot learn more about the scholar’s research area, improving the recommendation for funding sources and collaborators. This latest enhancement to Pivot eliminates the need for scholars to key citations in their Pivot profile, freeing them to spend more time evaluating opportunities.

“We are pleased to see this next step by ProQuest to reduce the data entry burden for researchers,” said Laure Haak, Executive Director at ORCID. “This latest Pivot update adds features that build on their 2014 ORCID implementation, streamlining the experience for researchers and adding the ability to easily exchange information between ORCID and Pivot.”

“This deeper integration of ORCID with Pivot improves our search results for researchers and eliminates their time spent maintaining multiple profiles” said Priya Almeida, ProQuest Product Manager, Researcher Solutions. “It will allow Pivot to deliver even more accurate suggestions for research collaborators and identify relevant funding opportunities for which they can apply. The automated profile data updates mean that Pivot is always in sync with ORCID.”

ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier (ORCID iDs) for researchers that distinguishes researchers and ensures their work is recognized. Researchers can use these ORCID iDs to connect to contributions and affiliations during their regular activities, including submission of manuscripts, dissertations, or datasets; grant applications; and in student or employee directory and profile systems.

About ORCID (

ORCID is an open, non-profit, community-based effort to provide a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers. ORCID is unique in its ability to reach across disciplines, research sectors, and national boundaries and its cooperation with other identifier systems.

About Pivot

Pivot is a web-based discovery and workflow tool that combines a comprehensive source of global funding opportunities with the largest collection of scholar profiles into one intuitive solution. With Pivot, researchers, faculty and research administrators can easily explore new avenues for funding, view funding opportunities uniquely matched to their scholar profile, collaborate with colleagues, and build a funding strategy that supports both immediate and long-term funding needs. Pivot intelligently and automatically adds publications and awarded sources of research funding to matching profiles, saving researchers time and effort in updating their profiles.

About ProQuest (

ProQuest connects people with vetted, reliable information. Key to serious research, the company’s products are a gateway to the world’s knowledge including dissertations, governmental and cultural archives, news, historical collections and ebooks. ProQuest technologies serve users across the critical points in research, helping them discover, access, share, create and manage information.

The company’s cloud-based technologies offer flexible solutions for librarians, students and researchers through the ProQuest®, Bowker®, Coutts® information services, Dialog®, ebrary®, EBL™, and SIPX® businesses – and notable research tools such as the Summon® discovery service, the RefWorks® citation and reference management platform, MyiLibrary® ebook platform, the Pivot® research development tool and Intota™. The company is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with offices around the world.

15 April 2016

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