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New feature: Search by ORCID

Many of our users want to see where research by a given individual has been cited in our database of policy documents. You can now find all scholarly articles in Overton associated with a given ORCID (or set of ORCIDs)

ORCID is a platform that provides researchers with a unique ID and an editable profile that they can populate with their research outputs. We're a member of ORCID - partly because they're providing a great piece of infrastructure but also because it makes our lives (and the lives of anybody else working with researcher name data) a lot easier.

Of course, this method relies on researchers having updated their ORCID profile so if you don’t find the results you expect, this may be why. It also worth being aware that there’s a one week delay in updates to ORCID profiles being reflected in the Overton search.

One nuance: right now you can search for papers with specific ORCIDs attached in the Articles tab, but you can't yet search with them on the People tab - this is because Overton relies on knowing exactly what institution a researcher belonged to when a given paper was written, which isn't data that's readily available from ORCID yet. We're working on it!

Let us know what you think! Email us at support@overton.io with any feedback and suggestions for future upgrades.

For the full record of our release notes, see our Help centre.

What is Overton

We help universities, think tanks and publishers understand the reach and influence of their research.

The Overton platform contains is the world’s largest searchable policy database, with almost 5 million documents from 29k organisations.

We track everything from white papers to think tank policy briefs to national clinical guidelines, and automatically find the references to scholarly research, academics and other outputs.