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Revista Cubana de Información en Ciencias de la Salud

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CANEDO ANDALIA, Rubén; NODARSE RODRIGUEZ, Mario  y  PENA RODRIGUEZ, Karen M. ORCID: searching for a unique, permanent and universal identifier for scientists and scholars. Rev. cuba. inf. cienc. salud [online]. 2015, vol.26, n.1, pp.71-77. ISSN 2307-2113.

Difficulties to unequivocally identify authors in global bibliographic production have increased in recent years. This is due to the growth of such production and the identification devices used by authors, editors and producers of information resources, such as databases. A mechanism is thus required to unify all the forms of identification of a given author in an accurate, permanent and universal manner, following a single denomination or code, and to discriminate between different individuals with one and the same form of identification. Several identifiers have achieved considerable progress in this respect. However, most initiatives are either local or of a limited scope. It is therefore necessary to find universal identifiers. An analysis was made of the most outstanding author identifiers. The paper describes the experience of authors with the Scopus author identifier, as well as the main features of ORCID (Open Researcher and Contribution ID). This identifier was found to have the greatest chances of becoming universal for scientific and scholarly activity, due to its initiatives aimed at creating equivalence relationships with other identification systems.

Palabras clave : unique author identifiers; information services; database.

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