We use ORCID iDs as unique identifiers for research funding to accurately link research publications, data and other research activities to researchers.
We collect ORCID iDs through our grants submission portal. This is an optional field, but we strongly encourage applicants to make use of it.
What is an ORCID iD
An ORCID iD is a 16-digit number unique to a researcher. They are used around the world to solve the issue of accurately linking research publications, data and other research activities to the right researcher.
There are more than 4 million ORCID iDs in use internationally and many New Zealand researchers already have one.
Using ORCID will help considerably with linking data in the National Research Information System.
Joint statement of principle
We, along with New Zealand organisations representing the scientific and research community, are a signatory to a joint statement of principle on ORCID in New Zealand.
Published in July 2016, the joint statement strongly supports the adoption and use of ORCID identifiers in New Zealand.
We have provided funding for the New Zealand ORCID consortium that is encouraging the adoption and use of ORCID iDs. The consortium is led by Royal Society Te Apārangi.
Benefits of ORCID iDs
The benefits of ORCID iDs are:
- ORCID was established by researchers and for researchers to ensure each researcher gets recognition and credit for their works.
- Funding agencies also want to ensure that researchers receive the recognition for their successful funding and their part in the review process.
- As unique identifiers, they ensure a clearly identifiable link between grants and grant-holders.
- They help make funding processes as simple as possible.
- ORCID uses open source data interfaces and is free for researchers.
- The system can integrate with (or replace) any existing ID system.
- ORCID is becoming the international standard.
- Distinguished Professor Margaret Brimble, University of Auckland
- Dr Paul Gardner, University of Canterbury
- Dr Val Snow, AgResearch
- Dr Rod Badcock, Robinson Research Institute, Victoria University of Wellington
- Professor Andrew Jeffs, University of Auckland
Distinguished Professor Margaret Brimble, University of Auckland
“My academic career has spanned several decades and continents. Over that time I have worked for different research organisations including as a visiting Professor for two periods in America. Having received funding from New Zealand, Australia, the UK and China and published in a wide range of journals, ORCID helps me keep a track of everything in one place and makes sure that all my works are properly attributed to me.
“I already had a Scopus iD and it was easy to link that up with my ORCID iD. Finding my funding and published works was really simple using the search and link tools – I could add 460 works in just a few minutes! There were publications I had even forgotten about.
“When I apply for research funding I often have to provide information to funders about my track record. Usually it’s the same information being asked for time and time again. I hope that in future having an ORCID iD will allow me to re-use existing information when I am applying for funding, saving me a lot of time and effort that could be spent focussing on my research.
“I am also a member of the MBIE Endeavour College of Assessors. It would be great if in future I could be recognised for my review work in my ORCID profile as this is another important part of my academic activities.”
Professor Margaret Brimble
Dr Paul Gardner, University of Canterbury
“Having a good online presence is important for making and maintaining good connections with other researchers, potential students and members of the public.
“ORCID is non-proprietary and is being used by many publishers (e.g. bioRxiv) for uniquely identifying authors. It collects information about a range of research activities including funding successes, employment history and publication history.
“I see the benefits for NZ researchers of using ORCID will be when the information collected can be re-used, reducing the burden of applying for funding. As ORCID will have information about a researcher’s funding, publication and work history, it will give a flavour of their expertise and productivity which should reduce the reliance on providing CVs when applying for funding. It would be good to see more consistent requirements for providing CV information across the sector and for that to be drawing from existing sources wherever possible.
“I maintain a number of research profiles, including ORCID, but also GoogleScholar, ResearcherID, ResearchGate and ImpactStory. It would be good to understand more about how the different researcher profiles relate. Quite a lot of time goes into maintaining them.”
Dr Paul Gardner
Dr Val Snow, AgResearch
“I found the basic set-up for ORCID really easy with no manual data entry involved. It was just a case of allowing ORCID to access existing information from Scopus and ResearcherID. There is also the option to add other biographical details such as employment history. The benefit of this information being in ORCID is that publications are populated automatically so there is a degree of robustness and independence compared to individual-supplied CVs.
“The information is always there and is always up to date. Internationally systems like ORCID are almost ubiquitous. I see a URL to ORCID and other researcher profiles on most email signatures. When I review applications for some European funding systems ORCID identifiers are also used extensively there as well.
“Gathering CVs for funding applications is painful and time consuming. The information is essential to reviewers but getting the CVs all in the right format and up to date takes time. It would be great if MBIE and the wider sector all agreed to use ORCID. The information that MBIE needs which is not part of ORCID could be added into the biographical information.”
Dr Rod Badcock, Robinson Research Institute, Victoria University of Wellington
“Modern researchers require validated records of peer-reviewed works in order to establish their credentials within the research community. Online tools such as ORCID establish their authorship credentials with the major databases, publishers and their employers. These online tools significantly reduce the overhead of maintaining purely manual records and avoid the inherent typos and errors during transcription.
“To colleagues, collaborators and the community these records are easy to follow and provide direct links to works. Your output record is within the major databases (WoS, Scopus etc) so using these data mining tools is obvious. If you haven’t already got an ORCID ID – why not? Take control, get one, set up the automatic updates, and check it’s up to date each year before the annual Endeavour round. It’s that simple.
“Ideally I would like to see funding agencies move to the incorporation of these IDs instead of relying on the RS&T format CVs in proposals. This would significantly reduce size of printed documents, reduce overhead in maintaining multiple information sources manually and be easily accessible.”
Dr Rod Badcock
Professor Andrew Jeffs, University of Auckland
“I think the ORCID iD is a great idea and I know the New Zealand government has adopted it. I signed up early and wear it proudly on my university webpage etc. Setting up my ORCID iD and profile was easy – the biggest challenge is remembering my password! I am already being asked to supply my ORCID iD in journal submission and funding applications.
“But there are lots of other competing systems out there that which appear to have different value. To truly see the benefits for me from having an ORCID iD I’d like to see it become universally used and for ORCID iDs to be associated with funding applications and evaluations. It’s a good step forward that MBIE is integrating ORCID iDs into their funding system and adopting it as the primary researcher identifier. When others do this it will send a strong message that this identifier will be widely used going forward.
“I hope that in future having an ORCID iD will give me greater connectivity and accessibility of my work. It will be important for researchers to spend time manicuring their ORCID record so that the information can be available for re-use further down the line.”
Professor Andrew Jeffs