In Finland, ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is recommended to be used as a national researcher identifier. The international ORCID researcher identifier offers a researcher to have a permanent and personal digital identifier. The identifier clears confusions related to name changes, researchers with the same name or different name spelling, among others.
In the ORCID service, a researcher can maintain their publication index and automatically link publication information via ResearcherID, Scopus Author ID, Europe PubMed Central and CrossRef Metadata Search. In addition, publication information can be imported to ORCID as BibTex files from Google Scholar, different databases and reference management programs (Mendeley, RefWorks). Thanks to an identifier, research findings are automatically linked to each other, and eventually the need to enter personal or publication information for several times into different systems decreases.
Creating your profile requires registration into the ORCID service. In addition to publications, you can update your education, employment and funding information, thus making ORCID work as a researcher's CV. Some publishers require using an ORCID identifier when handing over your manuscript. The identifier can also be utilised when performing information retrieval in Scopus and Web of Science databases.
ResearcherID service works in the same way as the ORCID identifier. You need to register into the service, after which you can maintain your publication index and list information regarding your employment. The information will not be automatically updated, and you need to link new publications to the profile by yourself. The service is linked to the Web of Science database, so your publications can be linked easily to your profile from there. Publication information can be transferred from other databases and reference management programs. You can also link your profile to ORCID, transferring your publication and profile information between the systems. The provider of the service provides a questions and answers service for researchers.
Scopus author id
In Scopus database, a Scopus AuthorID is created for article authors automatically. Therefore, multiple author identifiers may accumulate to a single researcher. Scopus provides researchers a possibility to request combining their profiles or correcting their personal information, if errors are discovered. You can make requests for corrections directly in the Scopus database or by using a separate Author Feedback Wizard function.
ISNI stands for International Standard Name Identifier, and it is an international standard-based identifier system of researchers and organisations. You can read news about the ISNI on the organisation's home page. The ISNI database has been in free use since January 2012. Book-oriented researchers are using ISNI identifiers more than article-publishing researchers are. Often a researchers does not even know that an ISNI identifier has been created for her/him.
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