Conferences play a critical role in the scientific ecosystem as the key place for researchers to connect and showcase their findings for the very first time. However, conference content has traditionally been kept hidden, restricted to the offline realm and only discoverable for the duration of an event. Without widespread access to this early-stage research, scientists around the globe risk missing out on relevant findings, or end up waiting months or even years to discover them in a journal article.
Morressier’s platform for early-stage research aims to bring more transparency into the research process by increasing the reach and recognition of conference content. On the platform, thousands of scientists share their research – from abstracts and posters, to datasets and video presentations. However, publishing this previously hidden content represents just one important step in supporting researchers. Morressier relies on its integration with ORCID to allow authors to tie their conference content to the rest of their academic output, seamlessly connecting the research process from beginning to end.
Connecting the dots with the help of ORCID
When joining the platform, researchers, who are typically invited by Morressier’s conference partners, have the option to sign in using their ORCID identifier. In doing so, they automatically have their conference data added to their ORCID records, increasing the recognition of their abstracts, posters, and presentations. Conference papers represent only the 0.39% of works added to ORCID records. Adding this work type acknowledges the importance of conferences for research development.
Each document is prescribed a unique persistent identifier, making content easily discoverable and allowing authors to highlight the full scope of their work. This also means that published articles found on a researcher’s ORCID profile can be traced back to the first findings that are openly presented on the Morressier platform, effectively connecting the dots in the research process.
Supporting early-career researchers
Morressier’s partnership with ORCID is especially important for early-career researchers, who often face a challenging career path. For the first time, they can use their pre-published research to help position themselves professionally and build their reputation before they have a comprehensive set of journal articles under their belt.
Since integrating the option to login to the platform using ORCID in 2019, 15% of researchers have connected their ORCID iD to their Morressier account across a cross-section of disciplines, research affiliations, and geographies. Adoption has been particularly high in Peru, Mexico, Argentina, Luxembourg, and the USA. Researchers in the fields of orthopedy, nutrition, diagnostics, dermatology, and oncology are most likely to connect their ORCID iD to their Morressier profile. Meanwhile, the institutions with the highest percentage of ORCID iD sign ups include The Technical University of Denmark (38%), Iowa State University (30%), Delft University of Technology (27%), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (24%), and finally the Karolinska Institute of Technology (23%).
A boost in engagement
Morressier users who signed in to Morressier using their ORCID iD are on average more active and engaged with conference content than their counterparts, spending more time revisiting and exploring research on the platform.
Looking towards a more integrated future
Morressier strongly aligns with ORCID’s goal of making research more transparent, trustworthy, and connected and is dedicated to continuing to support these aims in the future. Together, the two will work to find new ways to tie the research process together, supporting scientists and helping to accelerate scientific breakthroughs around the globe.
This article originally appeared on ORCID's news blog.