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ORCID + Pure: a “happy marriage” that makes researchers’ lives easier

Collaboration allows researchers and universities to automatically connect their curated data in Pure with a researcher’s ORCID iD

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Josh Brown is ORCID Regional Director for EuropeAccurately and easily identifying and linking researchers and scholars with their professional activities is a challenge for researchers and their institutions.

Research managers and administrators do a great deal to support researchers in their funding bids, project management and day to day activities. They also need to address their institution’s requirements to measure and analyze research activity, evaluate how their institution is performing compared with others, benchmark research strengths and impact, and identify the experts in their organization.

Researchers, meanwhile, face a myriad of record-keeping requirements from funders and accreditors as well as their own institution. All these requirements present a huge challenge – a challenge made much tougher by the fact that many researchers are very active and mobile and are creating a wide range of outputs. Information about them and their activities needs constant updating as they move between organizations, switch fields, and publish or apply for grants under different names.

Current research information systems (CRIS) — including Elsevier’s Pure — are now an established way of reducing the administrative burden on research managers and researchers alike, providing a solution for collecting, managing, analyzing and showcasing data about the research conducted at an institution. However, these systems still require ongoing updates, for example, when a researcher publishes a new paper or dataset – and information about researchers does not necessarily travel easily with them as they move between organizations or even between departments within an organization. Persistent identifiers (PIDs), which uniquely identify people, places, and things, are part of the solution, as outlined in these blog posts by Ed Simons (euroCRIS) and Todd Carpenter (NISO).

This is where ORCID comes in. We provide individual researchers and scholars with a persistent unique identifier (an ORCID iD) they can use throughout their entire career, irrespective of where they work, their field of study, or how many different professional names or name variations they use. By integrating ORCID iDs into researcher workflows — from grant application through manuscript submission to CRIS and other research information management systems — researchers and their institutions can easily attach a unique identifier to research artifacts, ensuring the researcher gets full credit for their entire body of work. Because Pure is a curated, trusted source of data on campus, it is natural fit for Pure to assist researchers and institutions in easily associating their research output with a globally accepted persistent unique identifier like ORCID.

Pure can be configured to allow full synchronization with ORCID at different workflow steps, for ORCID member organizations using Pure. This enables researchers to connect information from Pure about their affiliation, works and more, seamlessly to their ORCID record. Importantly, Pure installations are now encouraging the inclusion of Ringgold organizational identifiers, which enable a university to associate the researcher’s affiliation to an ORCID record (with the researcher’s permission), building trust in the authority of that information.

Pure can be configured to allow full synchronization with ORCID at different workflow steps.

Working with our members to encourage them to play their part in asserting key information about their researchers — affiliation (research institutions), awards and grants (funders), and works (publishers, repositories) — is an important element of our new Collect & Connect program, announced at our recent Outreach Meeting in Canberra. Validating the information connected to their ORCID record in this way will benefit the researchers as well as their organizations and, importantly, the wider scholarly community.

Elsevier Customer Consultant Steven Riddell demonstrates the Pure-ORCID integration at the Australian ORCID Town Hall on Feb 15.

In addition to affiliation, Pure also enables researchers to export other data to their ORCID record, such as other identifiers (Scopus Author ID, Researcher ID, Digital Author ID), research outputs, and the Pure portal URL (if enabled). This video, created for our Canberra meeting, highlights the new functionality and other key Pure updates.

Another example of how ORCID is reducing academic data entry is the recent introduction of Crossref’s auto-update. Researchers simply need to use their ORCID iD when submitting a manuscript. The publisher then includes the iD in the metadata submitted to Crossref when requesting a DOI for the article. Upon publication, researchers can opt to have their ORCID record automatically updated with the DOI and basic information about the article such as title and journal. For researchers who have connected their ORCID to their university research management system, the article information flows seamlessly to update their university record as well.

Researchers have been able to connect their ORCID iD with their Pure profile for some time now, and Pure’s recent release takes the integration with ORCID to the next level, enabling full synchronization from Pure to ORCID. Like the recently introduced Crossref auto-update, this represents a major step toward the goal of reliably and unambiguously connecting researchers with their contributions, while also reducing administrative burden.

As part of the Pure and ORCID integration launch, ORCID partnered with the Pure team and Prof. Thomas Ryberg of Aalborg University in Denmark for a webinar on the marriage of Pure and ORCID and how it works for both researchers and research administrators. During the webinar, Prof. Ryberg said:

I am very happy with the marriage – it makes my life easier. As a researcher I like that!

The combination of ORCID, which is used in multiple systems to uniquely identify researchers, and CRIS systems, such as Elsevier’s Pure, is a powerful one. It harnesses ORCID’s ability to improve data quality by connecting researchers and their research across multiple systems and adds significant value through Pure’s capacity to put these data in a rich context. What’s more, it does so automatically, saving everyone time and providing a great example of the ORCID mantra “enter once, re-use often” in practice.


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As ORCID Regional Director for Europe, Josh Brown directs the operations of ORCID EU. He works with stakeholders across Europe to support understanding and engagement and promote adoption of ORCID. Before ORCID, Josh was consortium and operations manager for SCOAP3, programme manager for digital infrastructure at Jisc, and project officer for SHERPA-LEAP at University College London, and he held positions in the library at the University of Brighton and the University of Sussex. He earned an MA in Information Management from the University of Brighton and a BA in Philosophy and English from the University of Sussex.

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