ORCID (Open Researcher & Contributor iD) is an independent non-profit registry which provides researchers with a unique alpha-numeric identifier (an ORCID iD) plus a mechanism for linking the iD to all their research outputs. Why do you need an ORCID iD? Other researchers may have the same name and you may have published under variations of your name or even under a different name altogether. This makes it difficult and time-consuming to track your citations. Once you have associated your new ORCID iD with all your name variations and other identifiers, it will link your research outputs to you (and nobody else). The ORCID iD is being embedded in key research workflows such as journal manuscript submission and grant applications. The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and Australian Research Council (ARC) are encouraging all researchers applying for funding to cite their ORCID iD on the application.
Registering for an ORCID iD if free for researchers and only takes a few minutes. However, registering is just the first step. To get the benefits from having an ORCID iD, you need to add some information to your ORCID account, such as your name variations, other identifiers (e.g. ResearcherID and Scopus Author ID) and institutional affiliations (past and present).
QUT is currently in the process of implementing ORCID within local systems and processes and would like all QUT researchers to have an ORCID iD by the end of 2015. For more information about ORCID or, if you need any advice on matters related to populating your profile, please contact your Liaison Librarian or the Library's Research Support Team firstname.lastname@example.org.
ResearcherID is the identifier that has been implemented by Thomson Reuters, the company that develops Web of Science. Having a ResearcherID makes it easy for researchers to collate all their publications and citations in Web of Science. ResearcherID is working with ORCID. You can search ResearcherID to find collaborators, review publication lists and explore how research is used around the world!
Instructions for adding publications to Researcher ID can be found on the TILS Research Support Resources WIKI (QUT only).
Scopus is working with ORCID. Researchers can link to their Scopus Author Profiles from their ORCID records, saving them time when setting up their ORCID profile and allowing Scopus to automatically keep their ORCID bibliography up to date. Next year, Scopus will incorporate ORCID data into the Scopus author profiling process to increase the accuracy of the Scopus profiles and automatically propagate work that researchers do to clean up their ORCID profiles.
Research Achievement Database is a web application which enables academic staff to access the latest information about their research activity sourced from various systems on the QUT network. Academic staff can view and export information about their published research outputs, project funding as well as HDR student supervisions for the purposes of reporting, promotion or submitting a grant application. Currently RAD also provides the interface for academic staff to configure parts of their public QUT Staff Profile. Academic staff are automatically granted access to RAD once they commence work at QUT. For general enquiries regarding RAD please email email@example.com.
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