What’s in a name? ORCID Registry aims to prevent authorship confusion

Holly¬†Falk-Krzesinski shares her experiences regarding choosing which name to publish under — as well as a romantic story about her marriage:

ORCID Registry aims to prevent authorship confusion | Elsevier Connect.

I signed up for my own account in part as preparation for a talk I’ve been asked to give at UNT for Open Access Week. You can check out my ORCiD here.

It still doesn’t contain all my publications, and in this respect, Google Scholar is better. But Google Scholar also can’t disambiguate me from me, much less me from someone else with a similar name — I’ve contacted them about having listed some of my publications twice; but they can’t really do anything about it, and there’s only so much editing one can do on one’s own profile.

I also tried out the feature that allows one to link the ORCiD to the Scopus author ID. Unfortunately, Scopus has me listed as “Jack Britt Holbrook.” It’s kind of catchy, I suppose; but it’s not my name. I contacted the Scopus ID folks about it, so we’ll see what happens.

So, now my question is this: If I use my ORCiD to sign things (this blog post, for instance), will they automatically be imported into my ORCiD account?

Let’s see.

J. Britt Holbrook


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2 Responses to What’s in a name? ORCID Registry aims to prevent authorship confusion

  1. Mike Taylor says:

    Hi “Jack” :-)

    I hope the Scopus folk sort out the name quickly, I’m happy to chase up.

    On the other issue, there’s a couple of things that come to mind. Of course, ORCID could routinely scan the net to collate incoming links, which is interesting in itself. But the idea I had in mind is a widget you can put on a page (like this one) where you can automatically add your blog post to your ORCID record. If I can paraphrase, a tool that lets you say “I am J Britt Holbrook and I wrote this post”. Or uploaded this file, or made this annotation or whatever. Seems like an excellent way of enabling a wide use of Orcid. I’d be very happy to contribute to that kind of functionality. No need to add it to ORCID core code, we built the APIs to support this stuff.

  2. Thanks, Mike! Actually, yes — the Scopus folks have me restored to my real self already, and they were quick about it.

    I very much like the idea of such a widget.

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