ASHRAE and Taylor & Francis announce the integration of ORCID identifiers (IDs) into articles published in ASHRAE’s archival journal, Science and Technology for the Built Environment (formerly HVAC&R Research). ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a registry of unique research identifiers linking research interests, activities, and publications to researchers. The goal of ORCID is to ensure that common ambiguities in the scholarly record are significantly reduced. For example, ORCID IDs enable the following:
- Distinguishing between two researchers with the same name working at different institutions.
- Linking a person’s record even if their name appears differently in different places.
- Linking a researcher with a name change (married name, etc.) to works authored with a previous version of her/his name.
A unique ORCID ID also helps reduce duplication of records on electronic editorial submission and peer review systems, such as ASHRAE’s Manuscript Central. The ORCID ID can draw in and pre-populate fields and reduce the amount of data authors need to enter.
ORCID is becoming an essential part of the academic ecosystem. Many academic institutions have registered faculty on their behalf, and some research funders have now integrated ORCID functionality into their grant application process.
ORCID IDs and the ORCID logo will begin appearing in Science and Technology for the Built Environment beginning January 1, 2015.