How ERIC Author Links Help Users

ERIC is a frequently searched digital library
of education research, sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences in the US
Department of Education. The purpose of this video is to describe how the author links
found in some ERIC records can help users looking for specific author information. Recently, a number of websites have been created
to provide biosketch information on authors and researchers. ERIC is providing links to
these sites for a growing number of authors. When authors provide this information, the links appear
in the author name within the ERIC record. ERIC will link to author pages on the ORCID, SciENcv,
NIH erRA Commons, and NSF Fastlane websites. On an author’s page you can typically
find biographical information, and a list of the publications the author has written. Let’s see an example of how the Author link
works in ERIC. Here is a record about Florida’s extended school day policy. If we click on
the link found in this co-author’s name, and continue through the disclaimer, we leave
the ERIC website and arrive on the ORCID website page for Dr. Yaacov Petscher. Previewing this page, you see his introductory
text and a list of the publications Dr. Petscher has written. Here is the article
that we came from in ERIC. Linking to biosketch websites can help if
you want to explore an author’s background and full body of work. While you can conduct
an author search in ERIC to retrieve author-specific publications, ERIC may not index all work
by a particular author, and not all authors have a unique name, like Dr. Petscher. Why is having
a unique name a factor in searching? Let’s look at what happens when we do an
author search on a more common name,  like John Young. Looking at the Author listing
on the left of the screen, you see that there are 20 John Young articles. However, John
A. Young may also have written under the name John Young, and our search
cannot distinguish between them. The author link uses a unique identifier that
resolves the author name issue by distinguishing each individual author, even if they write
under different variants of their name. Linking to credible third-party websites provides
ERIC users with an easy and accurate way to find information in one place about an author,
without the need for guesswork. Today, grantees of the Institute of Education
Sciences are encouraged to use these sites. They will provide links to their pages when
submitting work through the ERIC Online Submission System as part of the IES Public Access Policy.
We are also adding the author links provided in the information we get from publishers.
As the practice becomes more widely adopted in the field, we expect the number of author
links in ERIC to grow. Linking to author pages on established third-party
websites connects users to information beyond what is available in ERIC. For more information
about author links, and other ERIC enhancements, check out these resources.

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