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ORCID membership

Peerage of Science
08 May 2013

Peerage of Science just signed a membership agreement with ORCID. orcid

What is ORCID?

"an open, non-profit, community-based effort to provide a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers. 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."

In ORCID's case, "community-based" does not mean "grass-roots", and "non-profit" does not mean "anti-corporation" – ORCID is very much supported from the beginning by the major indexing and linking services, plus large corporate and society publishers, so it is quite likely to become an integral part of scientific life very soon.

Peerage of Science of course already knows who its members are, because our office checks identity and qualifications from external sources for each new Peer. At present ORCID is not a solution for establishing identity at Peerage of Science, we use far more stringent criteria than just a number anyone in internet can create for themselves. What do we need ORCID for, and more importantly, what do you as a Peer need ORCID for?

Peerage of Science hopes to make our service for scientists better with ORCID, in three ways at least:

1) You will be able to add your ORCID identifier number into your profile if you want. This means that your Peerage of Science account is then unambiguously connected to all your other research works you have listed in your ORCID account, such as publications, grants, and much more, even if your contact information or even name changes over the years. When you give journals an export link to a peer review process of your manuscript, they will be able to unambiguously recognize each ORCID-identified co-author.

2) Peerage of Science will build account integration, so that if you have an ORCID account which keeps your publication list up-to-date automatically, your Peerage of Science account will be synchronized automatically (with your permission only, of course). That helps to avoid manual work in keeping your affiliation data current.

3) Peerage of Science seeks to provide a shareable Peerage Reviewer Reputation Report for you, which is automatically updated and (if you want) publicly accessible from your ORCID account as one of your research works. It will be a way to show peer-reviewed evidence of your reviewer expertise to the world, and refer to that in your CV, or include it in your grant or job application. Also, ORCID is growing fast, and we hope that in the future you can benefit from a central hub from which to automatically share your updated reviewer resume with many other web services you use.

So, take a look at ORCID, and if you like the idea, create an account there to get an ID.

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