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Get your ORCID iD today!

ORCID logoIn July 2019, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a new requirement for individuals supported by research training, fellowship, research education, and career development awards beginning in FY 2020 to have ORCID iDs [1]. Dr. Michael Lauer, NIH’s Deputy Director for Extramural Research, further explained in an August blogpost [2]:

we expect it will benefit researchers at all career stages across the biomedical research community, as well as NIH. Leveraging ORCID will help investigators, fellows, and trainees focus on moving their innovative scientific research ideas forward, instead of spending time and effort updating federal user profiles with information already entered in other agency systems. Avoiding the need to reenter information on publications, grants, teaching responsibilities, university service, and other common CV items saves time and reduces errors. Even those early in their scientific career will benefit from sharing their ORCID profiles with others to create new collaborations.

To learn more about ORCID, peruse their website or watch this short talk by Josh Brown, discussing ORCID’s vision:

In addition, you may be interested in how you can connect your ORCID iD to PubMed. Watch this NCBI Minute video:

Abstract: Disambiguating common author names is tough in any field — but if your published research is cited in PubMed, we can help you find your citations, create a bibliography, and share your publication list with others. We’ll talk about the advantage of quickly registering for a free, unique identifier that will remain constant – even if your name changes. You will learn about NCBI tools for author disambiguation and the advantages of tying your publications together with an ORCID id.

Signing up is relatively simple. Follow the instructions on the ORCID website; registration takes 30 seconds. Once you have your iD, you may want to add information about your employment history, education and qualifications, distinctions, memberships, funding, and works. You can link your social media profiles and other identifiers, such as Scopus’s Author ID and Web of Science’s ResearcherID. ORCID also provides some link wizards that will automatically pull information into your profile; for example, your publication metadata can be pulled straight from Scopus. If you need an example profile, take a look at mine.

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