Making the business case for ORCID at your institution
A management briefing toolkit
Aim of this toolkit:
To outline some of the likely benefits of ORCID adoption for researchers and institutions.
To help you present these and support your decision makers in:
- understanding how ORCID can be used at the institution;
- considering the case for investment in integrating ORCID into institution systems;
- evaluating institutional membership of ORCID through the Jisc consortium.
This toolkit is available as a pdf download.
What is ORCID?
ORCID is an open, non-profit organisation, sustained and run by its members – research organisations. It provides persistent, unique digital identifiers to connect researchers and other research contributors to their affiliations, outputs, awards and achievements. Through integration of ORCID identifiers in research workflows such as manuscript submission and grant application, automated linkages can be made between researchers and their professional activities to ensure that their work is correctly attributed and recognised. These linkages will, in time, ease and reduce routine tasks such as reporting, preparing profiles for grant applications and correctly identifying and describing collaborators and job applicants.
ORCID will also allow institutions to assert and approve affiliations and allow grant awarding bodies to assert and approve award recipients, making it much easier to check authenticity against authoritative sources and accurately assess career trajectories.
At 1st September 2016, ORCID had issued over 2.5 million identifiers to individual researchers, linked to over 15 million works. ORCID iDs appear in many other systems:
- over 5 million records with associated ORCID iDs in Web of Science;
- over 2 million articles with associated ORCID iDs in EuropePMC;
- over 3 million records with associated ORCID iDs in ElsevierConnect.
The UK research system should take full advantage of ORCID as its preferred system of unique identifiers. ORCID should be mandatory for all researchers in the next REF.
Recommendation from the Metric Tide report, quoted on HEFCE website July 2015
This document was produced by the Jisc UK ORCID Technical & Community Support Team for the UK ORCID consortium.