We’ve all come across broken hyperlinks online which cause content to be renamed, moved, or deleted from a website. These broken links can range from inconvenient to problematic, especially when it impacts the discoverability of important research and other documents.

Unlike traditional hyperlinks, persistent identifiers (PIDs) are less likely to result in broken links as they offer a guarantee that content is managed and kept definitively, which is why they have become an important part of research infrastructures. PIDs can be assigned to people, places, funders, researchers, and more.  These IDentifiers are typically a string of unique characters that identify an object (digital or otherwise). Examples include the following:

  1. DOIs – https://doi.org/10.2519/jospt.1986.7.5.273
  2. ORCID ID- https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8339-2959

What sets PIDs apart from hyperlinks is that they are backed by reliable organizations that provide support for them. ORCID (Open Research and Contributor Identifier) for example, is one of the organizations that provide this type of support for the scholarly community. Like OJS, it is an open-source, community-driven platform. ORCID provides a free and unique persistent digital identifier known as an ORCID ID that distinguishes individual researchers and supports automated links between researchers and their professional activities.

The ORCID ID offers a number of benefits for the publisher (i.e., journal), researcher, and reader. A few benefits for Publishers and Reseachers are highlighted below.

Benefits for Publisher

  • Minimizes confusion and improve reporting by ensuring that the work is credited to the right authors even if there are similarly named authors within your journal
  • Establishes higher levels of trust by enabling readers to discover more about the authors of the papers they’re reading.

Benefits for Authors/Researchers

  • Increases discoverability and presents profile-building opportunities.
  • Helps ensure that research outputs and activities are correctly attributed to you, especially if other authors and researchers share the same name.

Journals and preprint servers using PKP software and looking to utilize these benefits can use the ORCID Plugin available inthe Plugin Gallery.  This plugin allows journals and preprint archives to do the following:

  • Invite authors to connect their ORCID record to their OJS account or their work published in an OJS journal
  • Collect and authenticate an author’s ORCID ID
  • Display author’s ORCID IDon the article landing page and link their contribution to their ORCID record

To learn more about how to set up and use the ORCID Profile Plugin, see the recently updated ORCID Plugin Guide and watch our upcoming video on Setting up the ORCID Plugin in OJS that will be available on PKP’s YouTube Channel.

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