Thursday, June 5, 2014

ORCID - Persistent identifiers for authors

One of the most useful attribution tools that I've found to help distinguish yourself as an author of scholarly works is ORCID. I'd recommend it to anyone pursuing a tenure track position! ORCID provides scholars with a persistent identifier that helps distinguish you from others with similar names and helps link scholars with their works and to any other indetifiers out there (e.g. Scopus or ResearcherID, LinkedIn etc.).  They also work closely with organizations like DataCite to make finding and linking scholars and their research as seamless as possible.  I've noticed that publishers are also starting to ask authors for their ORCID iD as part of the workflow for publishing. So, if you haven't done so, check out to see if an ORCID iD is right for you.