Since its introduction in 2012, Thomas Jefferson University Libraries has championed the use of ORCID iD to researchers, faculty, and students. The Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier (ORCID) is a persistent digital identifier given to authors when they register for an account that allows researchers with similar names to be easily distinguished from one another by the scholarly and publishing community. An ORCID iD will follow an author throughout their career, creating a stable scholarly identity across name, location, and institutional affiliation changes. ORCID iDs play a large part in helping researchers to more securely and reliably claim their scholarly identity.
Over the years, ORCID has become increasingly prevalent in all areas of research and scholarly communications. More than five million ORCID iDs have been created, and these iDs have increasingly become required by publishers and funders (such as the NIH). Many other systems have also incorporated ORCID iDs into their workflow, enabling the easy migration of content to and from ORCID to third-party vendors, such as the Pivot database, which uses an author profile to help researchers find grant funding.
While any author, researcher or contributor can create an ORCID iD for free, the infrastructure that supports the platform relies on organizational membership to fund its operations. In addition to the knowledge that Thomas Jefferson University, along with over one thousand other ORCID members, is doing its part to support the global research community, this membership, which began for Jefferson on March 1st, comes with many additional benefits.
All Jeffersonians creating scholarly work are encouraged to register for an ORCID iD. Shortly, through the Office of Faculty Affairs, TJU will introduce the Interfolio platform for faculty annual performance reviews, A/P/T, and other uses. Having an ORCID iD with a curated list of works will enable a smooth transition of publications from CV to Interfolio.
More detailed information about ORCID and how an ORCID iD can benefit all scholarly authors, including students and early career researchers, can be found by watching this video and reading the attached flyer. Thomas Jefferson University Libraries has also created a guide designed to help users create their ORCID iD and begin to import their scholarly activities, including publications, posters, and presentations.