As we know all too well, there have always been difficulties associated with connecting individual researchers to their work. The growth of e-science, online collaboration, and increasingly global output has escalated the need to be able to accurately identify researchers and properly attribute their work. 

Recently, leading members in the research community launched the Open Researcher & Contributor ID (ORCID). Their mission is to resolve the systematic name ambiguity, by means of assigning unique identifiers linkable to an individual's research output, to enhance the scientific discovery process and improve the efficiency of funding and collaboration. 

ORCID represents a community effort to establish an open, independent registry that is adopted and embraced as the industry's de facto standard.

To learn more about ORCID, visit or read the article from the latest issue of KnowledgeLinkSM. •


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