An ORCID identifier is a unique string of numbers creating a digital identifier that distinguishes individual researchers. By allowing researchers create or connect this ID to the Je-S system it improves the flow of research information across the higher education sector.
ORCID offers a platform for researchers to capture their scholarly activities throughout their careers even if a researcher changes their name, publishes under a different name, moves institutions, or switches fields. This helps researchers continue to gain exposure and recognition for their work. Increasingly it will also be a tool to link and re-use research information unambiguously across multiple systems whether that’s for funders, publishers or the researcher’s university.
For further information about the initiative, visit the RCUK blog here: