UK specialists welcome launch of ORCID as tool to identify researchers

UK specialists welcome launch of ORCID as tool to identify researchers

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Jisc joins organisations from across the UK higher education network to welcome the launch of the Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier (ORCID).

There are more academic articles being published than ever before and more authors working together. In order to be able to identify an author correctly a unique identifier is needed that can then link to each author’s publications. ORCID provides this link and if widely used would:

  • Ensure researchers get credit for their own work
  • Ensure researchers and learners looking for information will be able to find academic papers more accurately
  • Enable better management of researcher publication records, making it easier for them to create CVs, reduce form filling and improve reporting to funders
  • Create a means of linking information between institutions and systems internationally
  • Enable researchers to keep track of their own work with funders, publishers and institutions around the world.

It also provides researchers with their own ORCID. Researchers are able to control how much information it holds about them and who that is shared with. The adoption of ORCID is a solution to the current challenges of being able to search for work accurately. By researchers volunteering to adopt its usage it could improve discoverability and accurate referencing.

Neil Jacobs, programme director, Jisc comments: “We welcome the consensus that has been achieved on this issue, which should pave the way for better research systems, less work for researchers re-keying details, and more efficient operations across the sector.  We recognise that this is only the start and that work needs to be done to implement ORCID in the UK.  However, we have a solid beginning and we look forward to working with our partners across the sector to build on it.”

Alongside Jisc, the organisations below are encouraging the adoption of ORCID:

  • The Association of Research Managers and Administrators (ARMA)
  • The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)
  • The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)
  • Research Councils UK (RCUK)
  • The Universities and Colleges Information Systems Association (UCISA)
  • The Wellcome Trust.

Find out more about ORCID on Jisc’s website.

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