ORCID, the non-profit organization that is working to address the name ambiguity problem in scholarly communications by providing a registry of persistent identifiers for researchers, today announced the launch of Auto-Update functionality, in collaboration with Crossref and DataCite.
Now, ORCID registrants who use their unique ORCID identifier (iD) when submitting a manuscript or dataset can opt to have their ORCID record automatically updated when their work is made public.
In addition, other systems that have integrated the ORCID APIs and connected a researcher’s ORCID record — their faculty profile system, library repository, webpage, funder reporting system — can also choose to receive alerts from ORCID, allowing research information to move easily and unambiguously across multiple systems.
Crossref and DataCite, both non-profit organizations, are leaders in registering DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers – a unique alphanumeric string assigned to a digital object) for research publications and datasets. Each DOI is associated with a set metadata and a URL pointer to the full text, so that it uniquely identifies the content item and provides a persistent link to its location on the internet.
Between them, Crossref and DataCite have already received almost a half a million works from publishers and data centers that include an ORCID iD validated by the author/contributor. With Auto-Update functionality in place, provided the researcher includes her/his ORCID iD at submission, information about these works can transit (with the researcher’s permission) to her/his ORCID record.