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Rutgers University Begins Implementation of ORCID iDs

October 18, 2017
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Get started with ORCID at https://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/orcid

Today, Rutgers University begins a formal universitywide implementation of Open Researcher & Contributor IDs (ORCID iDs).

An ORCID iD is a persistent digital numeric identifier that distinguishes a researcher from every other researcher. It remains constant through changes in name or institutional affiliation, ensuring that a person’s work is properly attributed and recognized throughout their career. To date, nearly 4 million ORCID iDs have been issued to researchers around the world, including hundreds of affiliates at Rutgers.

Essentially, ORCID acts as a clearinghouse where researchers can compile and curate a record of their scholarly activity, including elements such as their funding history, affiliations, presentations, and published works. It creates a single source of metadata that can then be integrated into a number of key research workflows, from grant and manuscript submissions to the tenure and promotion processes. In turn, ORCID also helps institutions, agencies, and other scholars accurately associate the particular researcher with their activities.

“In today’s information landscape, it is vital that researchers disambiguate themselves from others,” said Krisellen Maloney, vice president for information services and university librarian. “ORCID iDs provide researchers a permanent and portable means through which to achieve this differentiation, to reliably link themselves to their scholarly and professional activities, and to increase the visibility and impact of their scholarship.”

Maloney chairs a university working group that was charged in 2016 with implementing ORCID iDs across the university. The group is comprised of members from Rutgers’ Offices of Enterprise Risk Management, Ethics, and Compliance; Information Technology; Institutional Research & Academic Planning; and Research and Economic Development; as well as the School of Graduate Studies, University Human Resources, and Rutgers University Libraries.

Because ORCID is nonproprietary and open source, it is easily integrated into the systems of publishers, funders, research institutions, manuscript submission systems, and research information management systems. Its adoption has spanned a variety of disciplines, research sectors, and national boundaries.

For example, many publishers (including AAAS, the American Geophysical Union, eLife, EMBO, Hindawi, IEEE, PLOS, and the Royal Society) now require authors to use an ORCID iD during the publication process. The National Institutes of Health have incorporated ORCID iDs into SCiENcv (the researcher profile system for individuals associated with federally funded research) and the National Science Foundation has incorporated them into FastLane, its grant submission system. The number of funding agencies mandating the use of ORCID iDs is increasing, and currently includes Autism Speaks, the U.S. Department of Transportation, NIHR in the United Kingdom, and Wellcome Trust. ORCID can also be linked with Scholarly Open Access at Rutgers (SOAR), the scholarship portal of the university’s institutional repository, so that new deposits can be listed in a researcher’s ORCID record.

“Looking at the long view, ORCID is becoming the central hub that links faculty research products across systems to save time, ensure accurate attribution, and bring greater visibility to our scholars,” said Paul Copeland, director of research development for the Office of Research and Economic Development and a member of the ORCID implementation group. “An advantage in the near term is that ORCID makes things simpler for faculty by streamlining key research processes with features that help different information systems work together.”

One such advantage is ORCID’s single sign-on feature. Functioning much like social sign-on features that allow users to log in to various websites using their Google or Facebook accounts, ORCID’s single sign-on allows researchers to sign into systems using their ORCID credentials, saving them time and effort.

Rutgers researchers who create an ORCID iD and connect it to their NetID have access to additional features including an enhanced listing in the university’s directory that will allow visitors to view all their research and scholarly activity at the click of a button. They will also be able to log on to ORCID and other systems using their NetID.

“The idea is very simple,” added Copeland. “I know that as a faculty member, you are asked to enter the same information over and over again for article submissions, grant applications, and other processes. By providing a centralized place where all your metadata resides, ORCID helps eliminate this redundant and tedious data entry.”

To learn more or to create or connect your ORCID iD, visit libraries.rutgers.edu/orcid.