12 September 2018

From November 2018 researchers will be able to auto-populate their research output data into their ARC RMS person profiles and application forms.

ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) 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.

In April 2015, the ARC released a joint statement with the National Health and Medical Research Council about open research and the use of ORCID where we committed to integrating ORCID with our grant management systems as part of the Australian Access Federation’s 2020 Vision for ORCID.

ORCID will enable the ARC to implement efficient processes to automate and streamline the collection of researcher information. As part of our commitment, we will integrate ORCID into our Research Management System (RMS) to reduce the burden of repeated manual entry of publication data (‘works’) in the grant application process.

What does this mean for researchers?

Your RMS ‘Person Profile’ will be enhanced to include your research output data. Your research output data will be harvested from ORCID by authenticating your ORCID ID in RMS and adding the ARC as a trusted party.

You can choose to enter the data manually, or alternatively, use the ‘bulk upload’ facility. Once the data is entered into your RMS person profile, it can be used to auto-populate proposals without having to manually create and update your documents each time you submit a project proposal.

Research Office staff can also insert or update ORCID data into a researcher’s profile after the ORCID ID is authenticated, and the ARC is added as trusted party. This means that Research Office staff will also be able to enter research output data at any time for their researchers.

These changes will be in place by November 2018, at which time all RMS users will be able to auto-populate their research output data in RMS—in time to allow researchers to add their research output data from their ORCID profile directly into their Discovery Projects (DP) scheme 2020 application forms.