Harvard University - Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology

WHAT'S IN A NAME

Do you have an ORCID? It's a unique ID that identifies your publications from anyone else's. ORCID (http://orcid.org/) provides a way to distinguish your publications from those of other people with similar names. SImply register, provide your information and publications. Then be sure to use your ORCID whenever you submit papers, on your webpage, in grant applications, etc. It's especially important to do this if you have a common name, have changed it (for instance through marriage), or have used different names in publications.

This guide has details: http://guides.library.harvard.edu/fas/tracking.

It can be a little time-consuming to enter all your publications into ORCID but it is well worth it in the end. Obviously, the earlier in your career you set up your ORCID, the easier it will be.

There are other unique ID systems; ResearcherID from Thomson-Reuters (the Web of Knowledge company) is one and Scopus (Elsevier) has another. ORCID is the most universal, however, and you can link from it to the other systems and also to LinkedIn.

Questions? Please ask!

updated: 06/02/2016