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ORCID Adoption & Integration at CU-Boulder

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What is ORCID?


  • ORCID is a “non-profit, community-driven effort to create and maintain a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers” (http://orcid.org/content/initiative).



  • It is currently very difficult to:
    • Track different forms of an individual researcher’s name across systems;
    • Distinguish between different researchers with the same name;
    • Identify all scholarly works associated with a particular researcher.
  • These difficulties may lead to faculty not receiving attribution for the full range of their scholarly contributions. ORCID attempts to solve this problem by creating unique faculty ids that can be linked to existing identifiers as well as things like journal publisher manuscript submission systems, funding agency grant application workflows, and other tools.
  • Unlike other identifier systems, ORCID is open and community-driven, and reaches across disciplines, geographic regions, and types of content held by publishers, journals, and funding agencies to include all types of scholar works (e.g., articles, books, data sets, grants, software, etc.).

Who is using ORCID?


How is CU-Boulder implementing ORCID?


  • Initially, CU-Boulder is creating ORCID iDs for all tenure-track faculty, instructors, clinical faculty and research faculty.
  • Other faculty (e.g. lecturers, adjunct faculty), students, and staff can register for an ORCID iD themselves for free on the ORCID website at http://orcid.org/.
  • During April’s Pre-registration phase, faculty will be given the opportunity to indicate they have an existing iD to use if they have previously registered with ORCID.
  • After ORCID iDs are created, faculty will receive an email from the ORCID registry with a link that will allow them to claim their newly created ORCID iD and add content to their ORCID profile if desired. The Boulder campus will continue its efforts to gather information centrally and build central research networking systems such as VIVO profiles and support for other campus networking systems. We will do whatever is feasible to share accurate and critical data across these systems. Faculty are not being asked to populate yet another profile though they may choose to do so if they desire. ORCID continues to build new functionality which may prove useful to our data sharing efforts in the future.
  • ORCID iDs will appear in campus systems like FRPA and VIVO without any action required by faculty.
  • Faculty can also use their ORCID iDs in any of the rapidly growing number of systems operated by publishers, funding agencies, professional societies, and other institutions that have partnered with ORCID.

ORCID iDs will:


  • Assist with more accurate attribution of publications to our faculty to support the widening efforts around recognition and research networking;
  • Help to identify scholarly works not traditionally available from automated sources such as data sets, software, some books and chapters, conference proceedings, creative works, etc;
  • Facilitate reporting requirements related to grant and manuscript submissions;
  • Increase researcher visibility as many publishers will provide a link to ORCID iD directly on the publication;
  • Assist with efforts to improve metrics associated with research impact by creating more accurate listings of researcher contributions;
  • Allow for retrospective connection to previously published scholarly works via other identifier systems (such as ResearcherID, Scopus ID, ISNI);
  • Allow faculty to collect their numerous research id codes in a central repository for their use and for support of campus research networking efforts.

Timeline for the CU-Boulder ORCID Project


Late April:

Pre-registration begins. Email sent from Faculty Affairs to collect minimal information from core faculty members including tenure-track faculty, instructors, clinical faculty and research faculty. Response is only needed if a pre-existing ORCID iD has previously been registered by the faculty member.


Early Summer:

Registration begins.

  • Faculty will receive an email directly from ORCID to claim their newly created ORCID iD

  • Faculty with pre-existing ORCID iDs will receive an email from Faculty Affairs directing them to give CU-Boulder Trusted Party status.

More about ORCID:


  • ORCID iDs use the following format: 0000-0001-5109-3700
  • Everything in an ORCID profile other than name and iD number, which are always public, can be displayed publicly or privately as determined by the faculty member.
  • All content on an ORCID profile is controlled by the faculty member and is never sold to third party vendors.
  • Since ORCID launched in October 2012, more than 500,000 ORCID iDs have already been registered to faculty around the world. Many institutions are currently joining as members and beginning to create ORCID identifiers for their employees.



Contact: orcid-support@colorado.edu


Administrative E-Memo to the CU-Boulder campus from April 14, 2014: http://ucblibraries.colorado.edu/ScholarlyCommunications/orcid/campusememo41414