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Vol. 32 No. 6
November-October 2010

IUPAC Wire | News and information on IUPAC, its fellows, and members organizations
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Organization Launched To Solve The Name Ambiguity Problem In Scholarly Research

On 7 September 2010, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) initiative was officially launched as a nonprofit organization. ORCID, Inc. is dedicated to solving the name ambiguity problem in the scholarly research community and will manage a registry of unique contributor identifiers. Enabling the clear identification of researchers and their research will enhance the scientific discovery process and improve the efficiency of research funding and collaboration around the world.

ORCID is managed by a Board of Directors, comprised of 14 members of the global scholarly research community. To date, the organization has attracted support from more than 115 academic, corporate, and government organizations; associations; and publishing companies around the world.

“Difficulty in relating author identities has negative impacts on scientific discovery, research productivity, collaboration, project funding, publishing output, and even career advancement,” notes Martin Fenner, Hannover Medical School and ORCID board member. “The ultimate success of ORCID will be through extensive participation and collaboration from all members of the scientific and scholarly community.”

ORCID, Inc’s activities are expected to show benefits for the publishing process. “Author ambiguity presents challenges for publishers in serving our authors, readers, and institutional customers,” says Bernard Rous, Association of Computing Machinery and ORCID board member. “The ORCID registry of unique contributor identifiers, used collaboratively by scholarly societies, publishers, and all organizations involved in the scholarly enterprise, will enable us to build richer, more precise, and comprehensive services for the varied communities we serve.”

“The problems associated with researcher identity ambiguity have become unwieldy as the volume of authors and published works continues to expand globally, and as more research output requires attribution,” added MacKenzie Smith, MIT Libraries and ORCID board member. “We hope to work openly and collaboratively with the entire community to facilitate the solution.”

www.orcid.org


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