We’re now a member of ORCID

By Sarah Townsend, Senior Research Funding Analyst, Research Councils UK (RCUK)

The Research Councils can today announce that we have become members of the Jisc UK ORCID consortium and our grants system will be ready to start capturing ORCID identifiers (ORCID iDs) early next year.

This news is the culmination of several years of engagement between the Research Councils and Jisc to understand how we can improve the flow of information across the higher education sector. In a joint RCUK and JISC report published earlier this year, we identified the ORCID iD as the leading standard for a researcher identifier. By becoming a member of ORCID through the Jisc UK ORCID Consortium, the Research Councils have benefited from reduced membership as well as access to enhanced technical resource. As a UK university, you can also take advantage of these benefits by joining the UK ORCID consortium today. By becoming a member of ORCID, you can integrate the ORCID iDs of your researchers into your institution’s research information system which in the longer term will make the flow of information to RCUK and other funders quick and easy.

As a researcher the ORCID iD is a bit like a fingerprint. It gives you a unique digital identity which can be kept throughout your career. This allows you to keep an on-going record of your scholarly activities even if you change research organisation or leave academia. Registration for an ORCID iD is fast and free. You only need to enter your name and email address and create a password. And there is no need to wait until the New Year. You can sign up for an ORCID iD instantly by clicking here – it only takes about 30 seconds to register and you will be joining the 1.8 million researchers worldwide who have already done it.

And that’s all that needs doing in the short term. In time, you can populate your ORCID record with your publications and other works, funding and employment history. This is made easy with tools to easily search and select stuff that is relevant to you. This is where the real benefits start to come as this is information that in future you will be able to use again and again in different systems.

And there are other more immediate benefits. We know that name ambiguity can be a real problem for a researcher, especially in making sure that your publications are properly attributed to you. An ORCID iD solves this helping to improve the chances that your work is discoverable.

These benefits will only be fully realised if we see widespread uptake of ORCID iDs across the research community and for ORCID iDs to be integrated within HEIs, funders and publishers systems. So if you are a researcher take the first step and register for an ORCID iD now. If you are a UK University become a member of the UK ORCID consortium.
RCUK has reviewed ORCIDs privacy policy and are assured that their principles are based on respect for the privacy of individual researchers. You have complete control! You can find out more by reading these FAQs.

7 thoughts on “We’re now a member of ORCID

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  2. Thanks for the blog post about RCUK joining ORCID which is great news.

    Re: “You can sign up for an ORCID iD instantly by clicking here – it only takes about 30 seconds to register and you will be joining the 1.8 million researchers worldwide who have already done it.”

    The link goes to the main ORCID.org website which is excellent for those with no university ORCID service. A number of UK HEIs have already joined ORCID and have a service to link author ORCIDs to their University profile. We have set up such a service here at Oxford and are encouraging authors to obtain their ORCID via the ‘ORCID at Oxford’ service because it means their ORCID is linked to our central Oxford Core User Directory. This means we will have a better chance in future to streamline internal services and use of external services if the ORCID is linked. See http://libguides.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/ORCID

    It would be really helpful if RCUK could encourage researchers to use their university ORCID service if one is available. Researchers are able to link existing ORCIDs using the university service, but we’re trying to get new users to use the Oxford service at the outset to save an extra step.

    So far it’s going quite well but there’s still a long way to go to get everyone taking up the opportunity. We’d like to encourage researchers to check if their institution has an ORCID service first. Anything that RCUK can do to help promote that would be appreciated.

    • Thank you for reading the blog and for your comment. We will consider how to remind the research community of the availability of institutional services in future communications. We want to ensure that we make this process as simple, easy and quick as possible for the community.

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