Making a match – who is who in research?

Have you ever been confused with another researcher with a similar or identical name?  Have you ever had difficulty identifying a particular author?  A new initiative, ORCID may be able to help.

“ORCID is an open, non-profit, community-based effort to create and maintain a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers.”  After a 30-second registration, “ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized.”

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