The use of ORCID IDs adds visibility to repository content and authors, facilitates collaborations and networking, and helps organizations with institutional reporting, institutional and national assessment programs, and management of workflows throughout the research cycle.
ORCID is used by repositories to clearly link authors/contributors—and all their name variants—with their publications, other works (e.g software, datasets), affiliations, funding awards and other research activities. Connected ORCID iDs improve search and retrieval and support networking and collaboration. Using the ORCID API, repositories exchange data with the ORCID Registry to populate local author/contributor profiles and update ORCID records with publication information each time a repository deposit is made.
Repository systems start by integrating ORCID to collect authenticated ORCID iDs and to gain permission to read from/write to authors’ and contributors’ ORCID records, either immediately or in the future. The iDs that are collected are stored and displayed by the repository system and shared with other organizational systems. Research outputs for the researcher are then added to the researchers’ ORCID record as they are deposited.
Members planning to integrate ORCID into their own system should follow our integration best practices which are:
- Allow sign-in with ORCID iD and authenticate author’s/contributor’s ORCID iD
- Allow administrators to collect authenticated iDs and permission where metadata includes non-authenticated iDs
- Collect authenticated ORCID iDs from contributors
- Make sure ORCID iDs are displayed on hosted research outputs
- Make sure hosted research outputs are added to authors’ ORCID records
- Include authenticated ORCID iDs in any metadata passed downstream
- Use data from ORCID records to populate researcher profiles (if applicable)
- Allow administrators to associate ORCID iDs with authors/contributors
More information regarding these best practices can be found here. Integrators that are not Service Providers can ignore best practices that are related to Service Providers only.
We have a number of workflows that are designed to help repository managers understand how and when ORCID should be integrated into their workflows. Our Engagement team works with ORCID member organizations to help them implement these best practices.