KAKEN - ORCID integration


‘ORCID integration’ is a function to link ORCID iD, internationally unified researcher identifiers provided by ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID), and NRID, identifiers based on KAKEN Researcher Numbers.
Researchers who have their own page can register NRID as an external identifier on their ORCID page. At the same time, a link to their ORCID page will be added to the researcher’s page on KAKEN.

What is ORCID?

ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) or ORCID, Inc. is an international organization of various academic stakeholders for minting and managing researcher identifiers.
ORCID, Inc. was founded as a not-for-profit organization in Delaware, the United States, in August 2010.
Stakeholders include researchers, research agencies, universities, publishers, academic societies, funding agencies, academic information companies, and etc. The researcher identifiers assigned by ORCID is called ORCID iDs, and are linked with researcher profiles and publications.
By assigning researcher identifiers to researchers, it solved the problem of name ambiguity and made it possible to organize academic information for every researcher. As a result, a various kinds of stakeholders will get benefits from this.

For example, the potential benefits are as follows:

  • Researchers can use an ORCID iD when they submit a research paper or apply for a job or a research grant. They will be able to add a description of their academic achievements related to peer-reviewed papers, data curation, software development and any other academic activities on ORCID. By making such information open via ORCID, they can find new research partners and grow a research network.
  • Universities and research institutions can use ORCID iDs to assess their members’ achievements or to evaluate applicants for a recruiting position. By using ORCID, they can easily identify their strength of research fields and trace the academic achievements of their researchers.
  • Academic societies can use ORCID iDs to enrich their member profiles, encourage members to open their research achievements and support members to collaborate among them.
  • Publishers can use ORCID iDs to securely track submission processes of authors and reviewers in a manuscript tracking system. ORCID iDs can also be used for the discovery of relevant academic achievements by linking papers by the same author or co-authors.
  • Funding agencies can use ORCID iDs for the grant application process. By using ORCID iDs, they will be able to access applicants’ information easily and simplify the application process. They can also use ORCID iDs to assess individual projects at various stages of research evaluation.

Integrating with ORCID

The ORCID system is intended to be integrated with various existing academic systems.
As existing academic systems have their own researcher identifiers, in order to exchange information, it is necessary to link an ORCID iD and the researcher identifier of each academic system.
The ORCID system coordinates with an external academic system via API, records a corresponding researcher identifier as an external identifier and creates a link to it. The linked researcher identifiers provide a foundation for future prominent services.

* For more information, please see the references below.

Once the correspondence of an ORCID iD to an external identifier is established, a link will be added to both ORCID and external system’s researcher’s page as shown below.



How to connect your ORCID

※ You need to have been registered to ORCID membership.

1. Click the link ‘Connect your ORCID iD’ in the top right of a researcher’s details page (i.e. on the right of a researcher’s name).

2. Click ‘OK’ when the following dialogue appears.

3. An authentication screen for ORCID will be displayed in a separate browser tab (i.e. separate window).
Please enter your ORCID iD or email address and password, and click ‘Authorize’.

4. After the authentication via ORCID, the tab (window) will be closed and the following dialogue will be displayed in the researcher’s details page. Please click ‘OK’ and close the dialogue.

5. The researcher’s details page will be re-read, and a link to the connected ORCID page will be added to ‘Other IDs’.

6. On the ORCID page, a link to the researcher’s details page will be added in ‘Other IDs’ under the label ‘Researcher Name Resolver ID: Researcher Number’.