ORCID – Distinguishing you from others with similar names

A new service called ORCID has just been launched, with the lofty goal of trying to help distinguish researchers with the same name from each other.

As a person with a fairly common name this would be fantastic, as it is often frustrating trying to wade thru PubMed trying to find my papers by author name alone.
Most of the big players in Science Publishing are already on board, so it looks like this could be a winning centralised source of info in the not to distant future.

You can register here: https://orcid.org/register

ORCID provides two core functions:  (1) a registry to obtain a unique identifier and manage a record of activities, and (2) APIs that support system-to-system communication and authentication.  ORCID makes its code available under an open source license, and will post an annual public data file under a CCO waiver for free download.

Launch Partners

The following organizations participated in the Launch Partners program. We thank the Launch Partners for their participation, helpful feedback, and early integration of ORCID identifiers. We will be posting examples of integrations as they become available.

  • American Physical Society
  • Aries Systems
  • Boston University
  • California Institute of Technology
  • CrossRef
  • Elsevier
  • Faculty of 1000
  • figshare
  • Hindawi Publishing Corporation
  • KNODE, Inc.
  • Nature Publishing Group
  • SafetyLit
  • Symplectic
  • Thomson Reuters
  • ImpactStory
  • Wellcome Trust

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