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Research Impact

This guide includes information and resources on measuring the impact of scholarly works, such as citation-based and alternative metrics.

What Is ORCiD?

ORCID logo

ORCID stands for "Open Researcher & Contributor ID".

ORCID is an open, non-profit group which provides a unique digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities, ensuring that you get proper credit for all of your research.

Register for a free ORCID

The ORCID Registry is available free of charge to individuals, who may obtain an ORCID identifier, manage their record of publications, and search for others in the ORCID Registry.

To register for an ORCID, please visit the ORCID website

All you have to do is: 

  1. Register
  2. Add Your Info
  3. Use Your ORCID

Guide to Using ORCID for UMMS Students and Faculty

ORCID guide for UMMS

Why Is ORCiD Needed?

There are many circumstances which make linking researchers with their research by name a challenge:

  • It is hard to distinguish those with common names (IE: Jane Smith, Jin Li)
  • It is hard to distinguish those whose names have many potential variations (IE: Sofia maria Hernandez Garcia)
  • It is difficult to track those who have changed names during their careers
  • It is difficult to track those who have different name presentations (IE: with a middle initial or without, affiliated with one insitution or another)

Unique author identifiers are the solution:

  • Distinguish researchers with similar names from one another
  • Easier to find research outputs by a particular researcher
  • Enable proper recognition for scholarly work ... not just journal articles but also posters, datasets, book chapters, software, etc.
  • Solving the name ambiguity problem will enhance discovery and improve research visibility

See: Research Profiles: A Tag of One's Own. "Digital identifiers can sort out different scientists with the same names, and create a lifelong record of their work."

10 Things You Need to Know about ORCiD

  1. ORCIDs protect your unique scholarly identity
  2. Creating an ORCID identifier takes 30 seconds
  3. ORCID is getting big fast
  4. ORCID lasts longer than your email address
  5. ORCID supports 37 types of "works," from articles to dance performances
  6. You control who views your ORCID information
  7. ORCID is glue for all your research services
  8. Journals, funders, & institutions are beginning to require ORCID
  9. When everyone has an ORCID identifier, scholarship gets better
  10. ORCID is open source, open data, and community-driven

Source: Ten things you need to know about ORCID (Impactstory blog, April 2014)

Introductory Video from ORCiD

Who Is Using ORCiD?


Who Is Using ORCID

You can link your ORCID account with websites such as Scopus, Web of Science, Figshare, Impactstory, and PubMed's My NCBI.  Once they're linked, you can push information back and forth between services.

For instance, you can import publications from databases like Scopus to help populate your ORCID profile.  Then you can link your ORCID to your My NCBI account and make all your works that are not in PubMed easily available for inclusion in My NCBI's new SciENcv biosketch tool.