The rise of the internet has meant that individuals now have multipleidentities, each unique to the web property they frequent. Each identity comeswith its own username and password, and just tracking those details has becomea job in itself. The other issues people face are cases of identities beingstolen by hackers. When faced with another website requiring their details,most people avoid these requests and only choose those sites that do notrequire an ID or allow them to use their Google or Facebook profile.
Publishing, especially in the scholarly space, has exploded in recent years. Researchersand scientists from across the globe are in a fervent rush to publish andadvance research in their fields.
What’s surprising is that with all the technological advancements we havemade in the last century, we have lost all imagination in naming our children!We also find that people from Asian countries with complicated names opt foreasier names for communication but invariably adopt similar names to theirpeers. There are so many John Smiths, James Chens, and the like that John Doe feelsembarrassed. This has resulted in quite a difficult problem where it’s hard toknow which researcher is actually responsible for the discovery.
This might just be okay if theresearcher stayed with the same institution their entire career as thecombination would be unique. Researchers today are eager to progress by either switchinginstitutions or working under the banner of multiple institutions as they seek collaborationsto accelerate the process.
Another new development has been the rise of collaboration,superseding the author as the lead on an article. While this has meant anincrease in meaningful research, it has now become difficult to track aresearcher’s body of work based on their name and affiliation alone.
Therefore, in the world of ID fatigue, there is a case in the scholarly world for an ID that uniquely identifies the researcher and is a definitive source for alltheir publications either as a primary contributor, collaborator, or reviewer. ORCID has existed for a few years now and fulfills the need for a persistent digital identifier that “distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized”.
ORCID is free to register and easy to use and has seen widespread adoption by almost all the publishers and the publishing community at large. Several publishers now strongly push for an ORCID during submission as it also ensures that only authorized people have access to the content before it is published. The time has come to register for your lifelong ID that will uniquely identify you and give you the recognition you deserve!
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