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Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID): ORCID and PlumX

ORCID is an open, non-profit, community-driven effort to create and maintain a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers.

ORCID and PlumX

You may be aware that Mount Sinai has implemented PlumX, a system for tracking research output and metrics, across the health system. Read on to learn more about about ORCID and PlumX - how they're similar, how they're different, and why you need both.

How are ORCID and PlumX similar?

ORCID and PlumX are similar in that both systems track publications including articles, books, and other types of scholarly works.  In ORCID, these are called Works.  In PlumX, they are called Artifacts.

How are ORCID and PlumX different?

There are several differences between ORCID and PlumX.  Some of the key distinctions are:

  • What is tracked: As described above, both ORCID and PlumX track publications.  ORCID also contains a biography section that allows users to input their employment, education and qualifications, and membership and service history.  In addition, ORCID profiles have sections for funding, invited positions and distinctions such as awards or prizes.
  • Research metrics: In addition to the scholarly works themselves, PlumX tracks various metrics including citation metrics, usage metrics and attention metrics.To learn more, visit the Metrics page on the Plum Analytics site.
  • Profile access: ORCID profiles can be created and maintained by the individual.  PlumX profiles are created and maintained by the institution at the department/institute level.  Therefore individual researchers can access and manage their own ORCID, but need to contact the PlumX group administrator for their department/institute if they want to request changes to their PlumX profile.

If Mount Sinai has created a PlumX profile for me, why do I need an ORCID ID?

Because ORCID can be managed by the individual and tracks employment, education and funding in addition to publications, it's helpful to think of ORCID as a digital CV that individual researchers can update and use throughout their career, regardless of institutional affiliation.  In addition, while it is easiest to add records to ORCID using a unique identifier such as DOI or PMID, researchers can also manually add publications records even if they don't have a unique identifier, as is often the case for book chapters and encyclopedia entries.

Because PlumX tracks metrics in addition to publications and is managed at the institutional rather than the individual level, it's helpful to think of PlumX as a service provided by the institution that helps give you insight into the impact of your research.

What's the relationship between ORCID and PlumX?

At the organizational level, ORCID and PlumX have no formal relationship.  At the technical level, if you provide us with your ORCID, we can add it to your PlumX profile which enhances your PlumX profile by adding an additional, reliable data source.