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The explosion of digital scholarship is a boon to the academic libraries and researchers of the world. But how do scholars distinguish themselves and their body of work in this vast sea of data? The Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) has become a popular community-driven effort that assigns researchers a persistent, unique identifier that helps ensure work is recognized by automatically linking researchers and all their activities.
How does ORCID fit into the workflow of a researcher? For example, a graduate student creates her ORCID when submitting her dissertation through ProQuest ETD Administrator, which then includes the ID when the dissertation is deposited into ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global.
- She then takes that ID and attaches it to her website and LinkedIn profile.
- Eventually the ID is also attached to her first journal article, media stories covering her work, funding workflows, and data sets.
- Other researchers following her work use the ID when searching for content.
- As she moves through her career she has a persistent, easy way to be identified and tie her work together.
For the university, ORCID provides a mobile record for linking researchers and faculty with their professional activities. It can reduce the resource-intensive process of maintaining institutional records, provides validation, and enhances reporting. Organizations using ProQuest’s ETD administrator can integrate ORCID creation directly into the submission process.
To learn more about ORCID, visit http://orcid.org/.