ORCiD: a New Spine Number for Researchers

Published on
December 18, 2012

For researchers, and especially for young researchers, it’s vitally important that they can easily refer to their publication list on the internet. This is well organized through METIS and WaY for Wageningen output, but it’s also important to maintain the publication lists and to make them publicly accessible, at the very least, in systems such as Scopus, Web of Science and Google Scholar. Database producers, such as Scopus and Web of Science, and publishers, such as Nature, Springer and Elsevier, in collaboration with libraries, have now started an important initiative to provide authors with a unique number. The ORCiD: Open Researcher and Contributor ID is an umbrella number that connects all numbers elsewhere with each other.

The easiest way to create an ORCiD is through Scopus. First, a tool within Scopus helps you find all your publications in the Scopus database and gather them under a unique number. The tool then assists you with applying for and registering an ORCiD and transferring the publication data from Scopus to the ORCiD website, where it’ll also be displayed. You can then identify your publications from Web of Science and make them public on the Website and also display the link to your ORCiD there.

The Library is organizing information sessions about these IDs and publication lists. The next meeting is on Wednesday, 23 January, in the Leeuwenborch (see the course programme: Promoting your Personal Reference List).

(newsletter 7-2012)