May 17, 2022

Research Article: Using ORCID, DOI, and Other Open Identifiers in Research Evaluation

The following article was recently published in Frontiers in Research Analytics and Metrics.


Using ORCID, DOI, and Other Open Identifiers in Research Evaluation


Laurel L. Haak

Alice Meadows

Josh Brown


Frontiers in Research Analytics and Metrics
DOI: 10.3389/frma.2018.00028

From the Article

In this paper, we discuss the use of identifiers in research evaluation—for individuals, their contributions, and the organizations that sponsor them and fund their work. Global identifier systems are uniquely positioned to capture global mobility and collaboration. By leveraging connections between local infrastructures and global information resources, evaluators can map data sources that were previously either unavailable or prohibitively labor-intensive. We describe how identifiers, such as ORCID iDs and DOIs, are being embedded in research workflows across science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics; how this is affecting data availability for evaluation purposes: and provide examples of evaluations that are leveraging identifiers. We also discuss the importance of provenance and preservation in establishing confidence in the reliability and trustworthiness of data and relationships, and in the long-term availability of metadata describing objects and their inter-relationships. We conclude with a discussion on opportunities and risks for the use of identifiers in evaluation processes.

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