Scholarly Communications, Measurement and Evaluation

A fundamental characteristic of research claims is that they should be supported by evidence subject to examination by the research community, and a fundamental tenet of the University system is that scholarly impact is rewarded. The Program has broad interests in developing method sound metrics for evaluating the quality, verifiability and impact of research information.  

The Program represents MIT in the Open Researcher & Contributor ID (ORCID) collaboration. ORCID, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to solving the name ambiguity problem in scholarly research and brings together the leaders of influential universities, funding organizations, societies, publishers, and corporations from around the globe. MIT has adopted ORCID as an identifier, and supports the use of ORCID's for all staff and faculty. For more information on ORCID's at MIT see:


The Program collaborates with CASRAI, Digital Science and the Wellcome Trust on the CREDIT taxonomy. The CREDIT Taxonomy provides a high-level classification of the diverse roles performed in the work leading to a published research output in the sciences. Its purpose to provide transparency in contributions to scholarly published work, to enable improved systems of attribution, credit, and accountability. For more information see


The Program has also collaborated with OCLC Research in developing recommendations on managing information about researcher scholarly identity. The Registering Researchers in Authority Files effort investigates: whether registering researcher names in authority files is viable; the challenges that need to be addressed and overcome; the best models for channeling or funneling the registration of researcher names; mechanisms for linking among different systems; and whether the potential benefits suffice to warrant the effort to register researcher names.