ORCID and the Research Lifecycle at UQ

ORCID – the Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier – is a non-profit, community-based registry of persistent digital identifiers that seeks to connect researchers with their research activity. Visit orcid.org for more information.

The University of Queensland (UQ) has made excellent progress in promoting the use of ORCID among its research cohort. More than 2400 research staff and students have claimed their ORCID iD and linked it to University systems via UQ eSpace, increasing the visibility of their work and future-proofing their research activity.

UQ Provost, Professor Aidan Byrne said that the University’s growing adoption of ORCID would produce a number of benefits, including reducing administrative burden on busy researchers at multiple touchpoints across the research lifecycle:

One of the key values of ORCID to our researchers is that it enables them to distinguish their research activities through unique identifiers which automatically link to research activities and outputs.

ORCID reaches across disciplines, research sectors and national boundaries and simplifies administration and reporting.

As UQ continues to implement new systems and workflows aimed at strengthening the administration of research management, ethics approvals, and data and publication management, ORCID will become increasingly important in supporting connectivity and access for researchers.

Integrating ORCID into UQ systems is also in line with moves by publishers, where over 3000 journals are already collecting ORCID iDs from corresponding authors, and by major funding bodies, such as the Australian Research Council (ARC), the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), the Wellcome Trust and the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), all of whom support the use of ORCID. Professor Byrne said:

The use of an ORCID identifier for engagement with funding bodies such as NHMRC and ARC is strongly recommended due to its capacity to differentiate research outputs and link high quality data.

Professor Sara Dolnicar (UQ Business School), an ORCID user since 2014, acknowledges the anticipated benefits of ORCID as a contributor to international research infrastructure:

It makes sense to engage with this technology. My ORCID iD acts as my digital passport, and the Library was instrumental in guiding me through the process.

We are enthusiastic about the transformative power ORCID will have on the research lifecycle and look forward to working with researchers on maximising the benefit of your ORCID iD.

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Last updated:
27 June 2018