*** Before we take a look at some recent ORCID developments at UON I want to acknowldege our participants in the second round of the Twenty Days to Research Impact Challenge right here on this blog. I’ve spoken to a couple of you – I hope the rest are enjoying this challenge. Happy Friday. End of the first week! Take a well-earned break and regroup for the next set of challenges.

So …

We’ve talked about ORCID and the benefits of getting yours before, but for those of you who’re new to this blog and are perhaps unfamiliar with ORCID, a re-cap is in order.


ORCID IDs are permanent identifiers for researchers. They protect your unique scholarly identity and help you keep your publication record up-to-date with very little effort.

ORCID was founded in 2012 as a non-profit organisation comprised of publishers, funders, and institutions like Nature Publishing Group, Wellcome Trust, and Cornell University. Over 2 million ORCIDs are in circulation do date, and the number continues to grow.

In April 2015 the NHMRC and the ARC released a joint statement, which encourages all researchers applying for funding to ensure they have prepared an ORCID. This is another, very good reason why you should claim your ORCID. For you, it will help when you’re applying for that much-needed funding from the ARC for your next big project. While for the ARC the benefit is in consolidating, linking and reusing your ID, publications and grants for administrative purposes.

And here’s a video from the good folk at ORCID.

What is ORCID? from ORCID on Vimeo.

What can ORCID do for me?

  • Connect a researcher to their research activity and outputs
  • Provide a unique and persistent author/researcher ID
  • As an ISBN is to a book, an ORCID is to a researcher
  • Helps you to claim ownership of your work
  • Assert statements about yourself based on your ORCID, i.e. linking to, identifying with your ID
  • Name disambiguation –common and similar names
  • Over-time will save time and effort as organisations adopt (integrate into their systems)


Where do I use an ORCID?

  • submitting articles to a publisher
  • grants submissions
  • conference presentations
  • datasets
  • research systems (more on this in a moment)
  • media engagement
  • websites, blogs, etc.
  • CV
  • email signatures



One of the best things about ORCIDs are how they cement your relationship with your current institution. This enables secure assertions about connections between people, places, and contributions that everyone can benefit from. Research in digital spaces is becoming a more crowded space by the minute, so anything that strengthens the link between you and your work has to be a positive.

Let’s look at NURO, for instance. You already know that using this system effectively increases the visibility of your research. If your paper or chapter is in NURO, it’s on your UON web profile and out there for the world to see.

Now NURO and ORCID speak to each other.

Register and configure your ORCID via NURO (how to)

What this means at this stage is NURO will auto-claim publications of yours that are indexed in Scopus or Web of Science, meaning more of your research is connected to you and promoted at UON. A time-saver and a perfect example of how ORCID can be a real string in your bow.

A special thanks to Vicki Picasso, Senior Librarian Research Support, who recently presented on the UON ORCID implementation.





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