Faculty and researchers are often asked by tenure committees, departments, university administrators, and funders to provide data about the impact of their work. There are many ways to demonstrate impact and a number of tools available for citation tracking and other metrics.
We have brought together in one guide an overview of the methods and technologies that are best suited for measuring and communicating impact. Learn more about author identification, citation metrics, citation indexes, and journal impact in the Research Impact Guide.
To learn about predatory publishing, including recognizing red flags and evaluating journals, refer to the Predatory Publishing Research Guide.
Getting Started With ORCID
What is ORCID?
ORCID (Open Researcher & Contributor Identifier) is an open non-profit, community-driven effort to create and maintain a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers. ORCID iDs distinguish individuals with common names and are not affected by name changes, cultural differences in name order, inconsistent abbreviations, or the use of different alphabets.
Why Get an ORCID? One Set-Up; Many Benefits
ORCID iDs are used by publishers, funders, associations and other organizations to make sure your work is correctly attributed to you, to unambiguously differentiate you from other scholars with the same name, and to streamline workflows such as submitting and reviewing journal articles, applying for funding, and more:
- Globally unique, permanent identifier that stays with you for life, independent of name or institutional affiliation changes
- Integrates with other systems, like SciENcv, to automatically populate the information you provide
- Increasingly required or requested by funders and publishers
- You own your ORCID iD, not your employer or publisher
- Allows delegation to trusted individuals and organizations
- Supports GW Single Sign-on