Increase the visibility and impact of your scholarly work using ORCID and ResearchID

March 29, 2016

Increase the visibility and impact of your scholarly work using ORCID and ResearchID

When faculty attempt to document the impact of their work, they must be able to clearly identify citations for their work and separate these from citations of work by authors with similar names. If you have ever run a Google search on your name and found a collection of hits that include your work and the work of several other people, you are well aware of the problem created when many scholars have similar names, when a scholar publishes with various forms of his/her name (e.g., with and without middle initial), or when a scholar’s last name changes mid-career (e.g., adopting a new last name or creating a hyphenated name with a marriage or for other legal reasons).

Scholars now have two options for unambiguously claiming ownership of their work: the Open Research and Contributor ID (ORCID. and ResearchID (


ORCID is an open, non-profit, and worldwide community that includes individual researchers, universities, national laboratories, commercial research organizations, research funders, publishers, national science agencies, data repositories, and international professional societies. Registration is independent of membership, which means researchers may use the identifier throughout their career, irrespective of changes in discipline, location, name, or affiliation. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and ensures that your work is recognized.

The ORCID registry is free. The unique identifier unambiguously identifies the work of specific researchers. Researchers use their ORCID identifier to update, maintain, and share research objects (data sets, articles, media stories, patents, etc.) with collaborators and to clearly distinguish their research activities from the work of others. Researchers may use their identifier when they submit a paper or a dataset to authorize CrossRef or DataCite to formalize the ORCID identifier-DOI connection when the work is published and to update their ORCID record. Citations for publications can be imported from many sources, including Google Scholar. ORCID can be linked to SCOPUS’ Author ID or Thomson Reuters’ ResearchID and to the NLM SciENcv tool used to create NIH and NSF Biosketches.


ResearcherID offers a free virtual space to manage and share your professional information. Each member is assigned a unique identifier to enable researchers to manage their publication lists, track their times cited counts and h-index, identify potential collaborators, and avoid author misidentification. By assigning a unique identifier to each author who participates, ResearcherID standardizes and clarifies author names and citations and makes your information search more straightforward and accessible. It also helps to identify any changes in institutional affiliations during your career. In addition, ResearcherID information fully integrates with the Web of Science and is ORCID compliant, allowing you to increase visibility of your publications from a single one account.

Faculty who register with ORCID and ResearchID will have an easier task when they attempt to document the impact of their work. They can gather information about how often their work has been cited without having to scrub the names and citations for researchers with similar names from preliminary citation searches.


ORCID web site.

ResearcherID web site:


Thanks to Bob Dugan, Dean of Libraries, University of West Florida, for this teaching tip.

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