As researchers and scholars, you face the ongoing challenge of distinguishing your research activities from those of others with similar names. You need to be able to easily and uniquely attach your identity to research objects such as datasets, equipment, articles, media stories, citations, experiments, patents, and notebooks. Even if you have a common name, adding your ORCiD iD to all your publications, funding proposals and learned society profiles will establish your identity in a way that computer networks understand.
Unlike full-text services like academia.edu or JMU Scholarly Commons, you will populate your ORCID profile with only metadata about your scholarly activities, thus avoiding copyright and licensing stipulations, though you can and should create links to the full-text download sites.
Increasing numbers of publishers like Nature Publishing Group, Taylor & Francis, Elsevier, database aggregator sites like Scopus and Web of Science, and funding agencies like the National Science Foundation are either requesting or requiring authors or applicants to “sign in” with an ORCiD iD. Correlatively, increasing numbers of online journals, like Genetics in Medicine, Plant Cell, and Cultural Anthropology are publishing ORCiD iD links along with author names. Scopus supports author searching by ORCiD iD.
ORCiD integration with Plum Analytics and Impactstory makes it easy for you to generate an altmetric profile for your department or tenure committee. If your scholarly career defies translation into institutional affiliations, grants and works, use the Biography section of your ORCiD profile to craft a prose narrative.
You exercise complete control over every word of your ORCiD profile. You can create reciprocal links between other researcher identifiers that you “own” like your Google Scholar profile and ResearcherID, or your personal website, significantly enhancing “search engine optimization” for you and your works. You can set any part of your ORCiD as private, thought we encourage you to exploit your ORCiD fully by accepting the default “public” setting for the entire profile. Add your ORCiD iD to your digital signatures, and you are exploiting Linked Data technology to promote your academic career.
As you collaborate across disciplines, institutions and borders, you must interact with an increasing number and diversity of research information systems. Entering data over and over again can be time-consuming, and often frustrating. ORCiD provides two core functions: (1) a registry to obtain a unique identifier and manage a record of activities, and (2) APIs that support system-to-system communication and authentication. You can set up your ORCiD profile to have your works automatically pushed from Scopus, Web of Science, and CrossRef. You can generate an NIH-conformant biosketch for your NCBI SciENcv using an ORCiD integration. Since your ORCiD profile is public, it can serve as your primary online CV, eliminating the need to maintain multiple copies.
Given the increasing roles that ORCiD profiles play in the academic information superhighway, linking your name and your works to your employer represents a significant investment in publicity for James Madison University. Invest in JMU: give yourself an ORCiD.