ORCID: A Researchers’ Social Media Platform

ORCID Example Researcher Page
Overview of sample ORCID researcher page; http://orcid.org/0000-0001-5727-2427

Researchers from all over the globe rely on search engines and periodicals when people try to find their work. Often a researcher’s content is spread out over the internet, making it hard to locate as a result. There is an increasing need for researchers to have a one-stop portfolio, with more people becoming published authors and literary works growing in number every day.

ORCID, an “independent, non-for-profit organization with a global scope” was established in 2010 to provide academics in all fields with a social media platform. The organization works to make connections between researchers, contributors, and affiliations, and to become a trusted member in academic circles. ORCID is also currently working with research funders to integrate funding applications so they are easier to access.

An ORCID ID is a unique 16-digit ID which identifies an individual researcher, like a DOI, and makes it easy to find a researcher. The ID is not limited by discipline, geographic location, or publisher. It synchronizes with journals and university systems, facilitates grant proposal submissions, and is already required by over 70 journals and publishing agencies and the number is expected to grow. Indeed, there are already over 6 million unique identifier IDs in use around the globe.

ORCID-CA is the consortia’s Canadian division. Rebecca Ross, Director of Marketing and Stakeholder Engagement, explains that the Canada branch, which started in 2016, is supported by a Canadian multi-stake holder group including Carleton University and Queens University among others. Rebecca says that the organization’s planners are:

“Calling this year the year of the researcher.”

She gave a presentation at Grenfell this month which can be viewed in full here.

The ORCID Platform

“Enter your information once and reuse it often”

– that’s ORCID’s motto. Through this approach they aim to reduce the time that researchers spend uploading their information to different platforms every time they publish content. They also help researchers upload existing material, especially if said work hasn’t been assigned a DOI (Digital Object Identifier). Entering the ORCID ID on the organization’s website will populate a researcher profile with standard information and automatically avoids a duplication of researcher’s names where two or more may share the same name. However, ORCID will only host links to any publications but not content.

The platform is free and doesn’t only support publications, but also captures papers, presentations, posters, artistic performances, and data sets among others. Additionally, it can link ResearcherID and SCOPUS profiles for easy and more complete access to the author’s work.

Researchers can also control their privacy settings on the platform; they have a choice of publishing their full information and publications, keeping their information completely private and allowing only some people to see it, or can assign a trusted individual to work as an administrator for their page. However, since the purpose of this platform is for researchers to share their work many choose to make their information public.

Registering for an ORCID ID is a 30 second process. An institutional email address is preferred for registration, but a personal email can be used as an alternative.

The Ferriss Hodgett Library at Grenfell Campus Memorial University in Newfoundland and Labrador
The Ferriss Hodgett Library; Photo courtesy of the Ferriss Hodgett Library

Research support at Grenfell

The Ferriss Hodgett Library is working with the Research Committee to improve and facilitate research promotion for faculty.  The Library is planning an ORCID pilot project to test the effectiveness of ORCID in research visibility.

Grenfell’s Office of Research and Graduate Studies also offers resources for researchers which can be found here.

Written and edited by Mayra Sanchez; Additional editing by Conor Curtis

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