ORCID acts as a hub: the ORCID identifier connects researchers with their works, organizations, and their other person identifiers; ORCID Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) enable data exchange between research information systems. The ORCID community includes individual researchers, universities, national laboratories, commercial research organizations, research funders, publishers, national science agencies, data repositories, and international professional societies, all of whom have been critically affected by the lack of a central registry for researchers.
Benefits of ORCID-CA
- Members receive access to the Premium Member API, which facilitates registration, deposit, editing, and updating of Record Data and/or read Limited Access Data, with permission from an individual ORCID iD holder ("opt-in").
- Premium Member API access facilitates integrating ORCID identifiers in key systems and workflows, such as research information systems, manuscript tracking systems, grant application processes, and membership databases. Integrating ORCID identifiers in local systems supports data exchange and enables automated updating of items linked researcher ORCID records. For more details on integrations, please visit ORCID’s site: https://orcid.org/organizations/integrators.
There are many benefits to using ORCID, including:
- Uniquely identifying researchers through an online identifier that links to their works (publications, datasets etc.), links to other researcher identification systems, and is retained regardless of a researcher’s institutional affiliation;
- Enabling researchers to interact with multiple institutions, publishers and funders in Canada and around the world through use of a common identifier;
- Simplifying and automating data entry processes, reducing duplication of effort and the administrative burden on researchers, research institutions, and funding agencies, and thereby improving the overall efficiency and productivity of the national research system as a whole;
- Enabling the reuse of data for multiple purposes, both within an organization and across organizations through automation of processes and data exchanges;
- Improving data quality (accuracy, completeness, consistency, validity etc. through automated data extraction, harvesting and testing across systems and organizations;
- Providing the necessary infrastructure to integrate data, and facilitate timely and efficient data collection supporting management and internal assessment of a research institution, and more broadly for monitoring the health and performance of the national research system; and,
- Enhancing the online presence and exposure of Canadian researchers and their research activities to the global market, industry partners, international collaborators, and students aspiring to study in Canada.
- These benefits have clear flow-on effects for researchers, research institutions and funding agencies, and for the nation as a whole.
Benefits for Teaching-Focused Institutions:
- Career tracking of faculty and students.
- Unique identifier for each individual.
- Accurately and easily identify and link researchers and scholars with their professional activities.
- Member organizations can also help their faculty, staff, or students create ORCID Records (automatically through the API) to distinguish their scholarship.
- Automatically populate the institutional repository with Auto-Update functionality in collaboration with Crossref and DataCite – end for the endless rekeying of information that plagues anyone involved in research reporting.
- Improved accuracy in benchmarking and impact assessment.
- Streamlined reporting mechanism – less administrative burden.
- Interoperability between internal systems to reduce redundancies.
- Single sign enables individuals to access the ORCID registry using the same credentials they use to log into their university – as well as ORCID connected systems (700+ publishers, funders and associations).
- Improved visibility of institutional research outputs in ORCID connected systems.
Benefits for Researchers:
- Allows researchers to distinguish their research activities from others with similar names and affiliations;
- Enables researchers to easily and uniquely associate a researcher’s identity to a wide range of research activities and objects such as publications, datasets, equipment, articles, media stories, curated exhibits, citations, experiments, patents, teaching notes and notebooks;
- Empowers researchers to self-manage their personal privacy whilst preserving the ability for their body of work to be publicly available.
- Reduces manual data entry through automatic harvesting of associated activities and objects;
- Makes the research process and collaboration across borders, institutions and disciplines easier because it removes the need to enter data over and over again. The data associated with a researcher can “move” with their identifier across organizations and national boundaries;
- Facilitates researcher interaction with multiple organizations, publishers, funders through a common identifier; and,
- Provides records for individual scholars, improving discoverability of researchers and their associated research activities and objects.
Benefits for Universities and other Research organizations:
- Improves data quality for reporting research output for institutional management purposes. (As publishers increasingly adopt the use of ORCID, researchers at any stage of their career can link to as many publications and scholarly outputs as possible);
- Enhances an institution’s research profile through improved visibility and discoverability of research outputs and their research impacts; and,
- Has a time and cost benefit as it reduces manual data entry, minimizes double handling of data and makes it easier to maintain up-to-date records.
Benefits for Funders:
- Facilitate reporting on research networks and researcher outputs, outcomes and impact of the research they have funded;
- Provide a registry of persistent unique identifiers for researchers and methods for linking to digital research objects;
- Establish trusted relationships with grantees to receive updates on research activities, reducing application and post-award reporting requirements including repository deposition;
- Include ORCID identifiers in their local grantee databases, reducing duplicate records and allowing for cross-organization data exchange and record management;
- Embed ORCID identifiers in funding workflows which will make it possible to link a researcher’s contributions across their career;
- Provide greater and transparency of funded research and associated outputs, which can improve information on global research and development resource flows, vital for funding agency gap analysis and strategy.
Benefits for Publishers:
- Ensure authors are accurately identified and acknowledged;
- Facilitate disambiguation of authors across disciplines and affiliations;
- Simplify manuscript submission;
- Automatically update author’s ORCID record with metadata on accepted manuscripts;
- Improve author search across publications and platforms;
- Facilitate the creation and maintenance of author and reviewer profiles.
Benefits for Canada:
- Reduce red tape and duplication of effort by capturing data once and enabling reuse and exchange of data across different institutions and systems throughout the entire life-cycle of a research project, e.g. for grant application and reporting, for manuscript submission to publishers, for other institutional, provincial or national assessment-related reporting;
- Improve data quality (accuracy, consistency etc.) for the sector as a whole;
- Allow a more efficient national data collection and reporting to monitor the health and performance of the national research system, leading to better understanding of the national system and more informed national policies;
- Enhance the nation’s research profile through improved visibility and discoverability of research outputs and research impacts across diverse systems and sources (e.g. publishers’ websites, search engines, disciplinary repositories etc.), creating greater opportunities for international collaboration and access to Canadian research by end- users or industries; and,
- Position Canadian research institutions and Canadian researchers as global leaders in research management practices, providing Canadians with the opportunity to influence and shape the management and future direction of the global research and innovation system.