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.
Academic networking can play a crucial role in young researchers’ careers, both on a social and professional level. There are cases in which willingness to build professional networks in international contexts leads to long-term collaboration.
Donatella Camedda, Ashling Ryan-Mangan, Ana Mirman-Flores
University of Edinburgh, Trinity College Dublin, University of Seville