ORCID: Connecting Research and Researchers

By | November 17, 2017

On November 9, FASEB hosted a roundtable discussion for member societies and other community partners with representatives from ORCID, a not-for-profit that provides unique identifiers to researchers for use in their scholarly activities. In a November 15 blog post, NIH’s Deputy Director for Extramural Research Dr. Michael Lauer announced a new effort that integrates ORCID identifiers (iDs) into NIH’s electronic Research Administration (eRA) Commons profiles.

Event attendees including ORCID leaders Laure Haak and Alice Meadows, representatives from ten FASEB societies, staff, and other partners.

While ORCID iDs are most commonly used to link researchers with their scholarly publications, they can also be used to connect researchers with institutions and funding organizations. A unique, interoperable identifier not only reduces regulatory burden associated with repetitious data entry, it enhances the ability of all stakeholders – researchers, research institutions, journals, and funding organizations – to link inputs to outcomes.

During her presentation, ORCID Executive Director, Laure Haak, PhD, highlighted several new opportunities available to professional societies. The Organization Identifier Project Request for Information seeks input on establishing an independent organization identifier registry. Such identifiers could reflect an individual’s affiliation with professional and scientific societies as well as research institutions. And a recent partnership with the Health Research Alliance is allowing ORCID to expand the capabilities for linking an individual to research funding.

As ORCID continues to expand its reach, additional tools were developed to help researchers maximize the benefits of their ORCID iD, and support outreach activities for organizations that have integrated ORCID iDs into their workflows. Two webinars – one on the benefits of ORCID iDs to research institutions and the other on why funders, including the NIH, collaborate with ORCID – provide useful information on integrating ORCID iDs into research networks.