Increasingly, arts and humanities scholars are assigning DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers) to their works. Like ISBNs (International Standard Book Numbers) are unique identifiers assigned to published books, DOIs are unique identifiers for digital objects, which could include digitally published articles, essays, books, digital media objects, and pieces of art. In the same way that works should have a persistent identifier, so too should the creators of those works.
ORCID is a registry of unique identifiers for researchers and scholars: it provides registered users with a way to distinguish themselves from others and with a way to link and share their research objects.
The use of ORCID by humanities and social science researchers has been increasing in recent years. According to 2017 survey of ORCID users, 50% of ORCID users in the arts and humanities registered because it was required by a funder, their institution, or a publisher.
Humanities publications that require authors to have an ORCID iD for submission include:
Academic publisher Brill has been an ORCID member since 2017. Many of Brill’s publications are focused on the arts, humanities, and social sciences, and they now publish 16 electronic-only titles and 11 fully open-access titles
With an ORCID iD, authors can connect their unique information record with other digital identifier systems for research such as those for funding, publication, and impact.
Integration with MLA BibLink
Integration with Crossref
Crossref is an organization that creates tools and services to connect information and give context about researchers and their works, making research outputs easier to find, cite, link, and assess. They have created two tools that integrate with ORCID iDs: Metadata Search Complete and Auto-Update