ORCID: A System to Tie Authors With Their Publications
Wondering what to do if other researchers have the same name as you, or if you have published articles under different name formats? How can people tell which publications are yours?
There is a solution: ORCID.
ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) provides researchers with a unique digital identifier (an ORCID iD) to connect their names with their research publications and affiliations.
Creating an ORCID iD is fast, simple, and free. It takes 30 seconds to register—you only need to enter your name and e-mail address and create a password to get started. Privacy settings for your ORCID Record are in your control.
Once established, just use your iD when you publish! You can connect your ORCID Record to your other identifiers such as Scopus AuthorID or ResearcherID to populate your professional information, or you can manually add content into such categories as education, employment, funding, and published works.
You can grant permission to publishers, funders, and universities to automatically update your ORCID Record when one of your works is published; this makes it easy to maintain an up-to-date home for your professional activities.
The AGA encourages authors to use the ORCID system, stating “ORCID ensures that you receive credit for your research efforts while also making your work more discoverable.” ORCID allows you to attach your identity to your research articles, and allows you to avoid entering the same information with every publication.
ORCID is fully integrated with Editorial Manager, the manuscript submission system used by the AGA journals. We encourage authors to add their iDs to their user accounts.
You can do this when you first create an Editorial Manager account, or by updating the current information you have in our system.
The AGA journals allow single sign-on using your ORCID credentials. Once your ORCID Record is linked to your Editorial Manager account, you can log into Editorial Manager at the sign-in page with your ORCID credentials.
More than 1.3 million ORCID iDs have been created to date. Academic institutions such as the University of Colorado in Boulder and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center are helping faculty, staff, and students create ORCID iDs. Texas A&M University requires that graduate students include an ORCID iD their thesis or dissertation.
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