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Need a Unique Researcher ID?

Want to create an authoritative identity for yourself as a researcher and scholar?  Tired of being confused with other academics with similar names, or of confusion over papers you've authored under slightly different monikers?  Get a researcher ID that will link all of your work to a single profile!

  • ORCID  
    Did you know? Beginning in 2016, the American Geophysical Union, eLife, EMBO, Hindawi, IEEE, the Public Library of Science (PLOS), and the Royal Society will begin requiring authors to use an ORCID identifier.
  • ResearcherID  

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About Author Rights

Under U.S. law, any work a person creates in a fixed medium (including digital files) is the intellectual property of that person.  As such, the author owns the copyright to the work, which grants them the rights to publish, use, transform, reproduce, perform, and distribute that property or to transfer those rights to another party. 

Understanding these rights is important for every author.  Once certain rights are signed away, the author no longer has any control over what is done with their work.  The resources on this page have been compiled to help faculty and researchers understand their rights as authors and retain any they wish to keep. 

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