Welcome to the UC Health Sciences Library's resource guide for Unique Author Identifiers!
Welcome to the Authors Tools & Identifiers Guide! Here you will find information on unique author identifiers, such as ORCID and ResearcherID. Check out the tabs in this guide to leran more about unique author identifiers or click directly on one of the author ID resources below to learn more!
Martin Fenner's 2011 article in Libreas, Author Identifier Overview (http://www.libreas.eu/ausgabe18/texte/03fenner.htm and http://edoc.hu-berlin.de/libreas/18/fenner-martin-18/PDF/fenner.pdf) provides an excellent introduction to why unique author identifiers are necessary:
"We have long assigned unique numbers to genes, species or stars, and have used unique identifiers for scholarly works for more than 10 years, but unique identifiers for authors are still fairly new and not yet in widespread use(1). Unique author identifiers are useful for the following reasons (2-8):