There’s been a lot of talk recently in the ACI Scholarly Blog-osphere regarding the adoption of ORCID requirements by a growing list of journals, publishers, and other agencies. For those that aren’t familiar with ORCID, it is a professional Identifier that assists with cross-referencing an author or publication across multiple research points, and helps researchers identify and/or locate you or your work. In addition to helping to identify individual contributors, the benefits of having a unique identifier for researchers and research outputs extends to improved discovery for those findings and more potential access points for those researching in a given discipline. And there are some additional benefits touted as well; ORCID’s mission statement, for example, extends the standard-line benefits of discovery and identity with an aim “to improve the efficiency of research funding and collaboration within the research community”.
The primary goal of ORCID is to provide a platform for the accurate identification and attribution of individual researchers. Upon registering for a free account on the ORCID website, the ORCID platform allows a researcher to add education and work history, a biography, and attributable works under 37 trackable type designations, such as articles, data sets, or books. Because developers at ORCID work to adhere to globalized standards, such as the format guidelines set by the ISO, or International Organization for Standardization, ORCID is able to collaborate with other agencies to benefit researchers using those identifiers. For example, they’ve worked with ISNI, or the International Standard Name Identifier, who reserves a unique set of identifiers specifically for use by ORCID. Other platforms, like Cross-Ref and DataCite, can also update the information contained in ORCID when that agency’s metadata includes the ORCID identifier.
As with many popular platforms and services in academia, ACI incorporates ORCID profiles in order to enhance user content, provide additional identifiers to isolate specific researchers or practitioners, and offer additional avenues for connection – especially with a platform used by so many scholars. After all, as of now, there are 1,907,287 live ORCID profiles registered. (Check out their statistics page here for more cool up-to-date numbers.) Each scholarly blogger profiled in the ACI Scholarly Blog Index has an author profile page that displays their various professional identifier and social connection affiliations – including that author’s ORCID.
Due to ACI’s unique integration of ORCID data into the ACI Scholarly Blog Index, ACI authors who include an ORCID identifier in their author profiles provide that connection option to readers interested in their work. However, ACI’s integration also ensures that the journal articles and books “Works” data contained in that author’s ORCID account is also displayed within the journal articles and books tabs in that blogger’s ACI profile. This means that once you add the ORCID to your ACI profile, you don’t need to do anything for books and articles to appear. For authors that include an ORCID identifier in their profiles, the output data in ORCID’s registry will automatically update the book and journal article listings on their ACI profile pages with the information maintained in that author’s ORCID account.
What does this mean for ACI authors? It means that if you’re an author whose blog is indexed in the ACI Scholarly Blog Index, having these digital identifiers connected within your ACI author profile helps to ensure that those with an interest in your work can find, and follow, your other avenues of content and scholarship. As a scholarly blogger, the process for updating your ACI author profile and adding your ORCID is quick, easy, and convenient; here are some tips to help you along. Will the ORCID soon be required from the publishers and institutions you most often deal with? Maybe, maybe not. But in providing that access and connection option, you benefit the other researchers looking to explore the scholarly contributions – and the scholarly contributors – in your academic discipline.