ORCiD (Open Researcher and Contributor ID)
ORCiD gives researchers and authors a single unique ID which can be used across the research lifecycle. The benefits of ORCiD are that it:
- Is a non-proprietary numeric code to uniquely identify academic authors - like a DOI for human beings
- Is platform agnostic
- Integrates with PURE. You can create an ORCiD from your PURE account, or if you already have an ORCiD, you can link it to your PURE record.
- Allows researchers to carry one ID with them despite changes in their name or the insitution to which they are affiliated
- Allows for disambiguation, so that all John Smiths can be distinguished from one another
- Allows a researcher to be linked to all their papers and details of their funding/projects
- Is being used by publishers, research funders and institutions to push information between systems seamlessly, decreasing the need for the rekeying of information.
You can see a list of those publishers mandating ORCiD and information on which funders and enabling platforms are mandating.
Further explanation of the benefits can be found in these videos from John Fossey, a Professor in the School of Chemistry, and from the ORCiD organisation page