What is LiveDNA?

LiveDNA is a not for profit, open and community oriented organization that assigns digital identifier to researchers and professionals to protect their intellectual, academic and professional identity.


  • Provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguish researcher from each other
  • Exclusively committed to openness, transparency and the protection of scholars' privacy
  • Supports researchers and automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities and affiliations, ensuring that works are properly attributed and discoverable
  • Serves as an information hub, enabling machine readable connections between identifiers for organizations, works and personal IDs.
  • Provide Improvised tracking of publications
  • Centralized infrastructure and technical support
  • Works collaboratively with the research community to ensure adoption and use of research information standards
  • Engage the community to embed, authenticate and assert
  • Holds non-sensitive information such as name, email, organization and research activities.
  • Provides tools to manage data privacy
  • Registration for a Live DNA is Fast and Free
Why LiveDNA ?

A crucial scenario in Science
Researchers and scholars are recognized primarily for their peer-reviewed journal article. And even then, many are not well recognized because of variations in how their name appears in the published literature. Some names are shared with many other people, some names are transliterated or misspelled, and some names change over a person’s career. These variations, or ambiguities, make it very difficult to accurately identify a person’s body of work. In addition, there are many contributions a person makes, such as peer review, patents, datasets, mentoring, that are virtually impossible to link back to the contributor and therefore impossible to cite. The name ambiguity and name distribution problem is another hindrance in the development of interoperable scholarly tools and networks in the international scientific community, especially in Asia. According to the 1990 US census, there are 1,713 family names that represent 50% of the population (take a bow, anyone called Spangler, family name number 1,713), whereas in Korea there are only three: Kim, Park and Lee!

Creation of LiveDNA:
The need to affiliate and associate individuals with their research and scholarly works: journal articles, monographs, data sets, software etc has now received realization from the global scientific community. Many international organizations are following the concept of providing unique id’s to researchers. LiveDNA became the first in Asia to realize the significance to link and cite people and their scholarly contributions. It now help us better to understand an individual’s contributions, alter our view of knowledge production, and potentially alter incentives for what and how research and scholarly activity is carried out, acknowledged, and rewarded.
How it works?

LiveDNA is committed to provide a transparent and improvised tracking of the research and researcher by providing each researcher a Unique Numerological ID called his/her LiveDNA. It further aims to establish a strong link between research and researchers, contributors and the work.

Having a LiveDNA will help the researcher in his/her manuscript submission, grant applications, professional society membership, link with other identifiers and profiles and display it on CV, webpage and more. LiveDNA is committed to openness, transparency and the protection of scholars' privacy.

Instead of filling out personal details on countless electronic forms associated with submitting papers or applying for grants, a researcher could also simply type in his or her LiveDNA. Various fields would be completed automatically by pulling in data from other authorized sources, such as databases of papers, citations, grants and contact details. LiveDNA does not intend to offer such services itself; the idea is that other organizations will use the open-access LiveDNA’s database to build their own service.
To improve scientific discoverability, promote transparency in research and strengthen collaboration between researcher, institutions and organizations.
To integrate, protect and improve the research ecology in the world with a key focus on Asia
Core Values
  • LiveDNA will strive to support the creation of a permanent, clear and unambiguous record of research by enabling reliable attribution of authors and contributors.
  • LiveDNA will work beyond the disciplinary, national or geographic binderies
  • Participation in LiveDNA is open to any organization that has an interest in research and scholarly communications.
  • Access to LiveDNA services will be based on transparent and non-discriminatory terms posted on the LiveDNA website.
  • Researchers will be able to create, edit, and maintain a LiveDNA record free of charge with the help of professional and skilled staff.
  • Researchers will have the access to control the defined privacy settings of their own LiveDNA record data.
  • LiveDNA will be governed by representatives from a broad cross-section of stakeholders, the majority of whom will be high profile, experienced and distinguished researchers.

Having a LiveDNA is the need of the day for a researcher or scholar which benefits him/her in a number of ways. For an Author, out of the various benefits of having a LiveDNA, some are

  • Protects your unique scholarly identity
  • Improves discoverability
  • Connects your work
  • Eliminates name ambiguity
  • Free Publications in many journals
  • Prevents authorship confusion
  • Stays with you throughout your career
  • LiveDNA lasts longer than your email address
  • You control who views your LiveDNA information
  • Serves to unite all your research services
  • Improves information sharing
  • Allows researcher to showcase and network more easily
  • Allows researcher to see the work created by a peer
  • Provides choice of manually adding information to your LiveDNA profile.
  • Enter once-Reuse often

Benefits to other stakeholders

  • Editors will have a one-stop shop for reviewing a contributor's history and can gain an oversight of an author's work to date, as well as their professional relationships.
  • Researchers will avoid having to enter biographical and bibliographic data in multiple systems.
  • Institutions and funding bodies will benefit from easier, more reliable analysis of scholarly output.
  • Publishers will enjoy a simplified publication workflow and greater opportunities for product and service development Moreover they can also search for potential reviewers.

LiveDNA selects energetic and volunteer individuals as “LiveDNA Ambassadors” each year at its Annual Meeting to serve as ambassadors to the research and scholarly community. The aim of choosing ambassadors is to help facilitate the adoption of LiveDNA’s identifiers locally and globally. These ambassadors-junior and senior, researchers and managers, across disciplines and geography are selected to educate friends and colleagues about LiveDNA and identify opportunities for LiveDNA in their particular spheres. Ambassadors include organizations, researchers, faculty and university administration, librarians, funders, and association and publishing professionals.

LiveDNA provides information and other resources to its Ambassadors to further support their outreach efforts, such as

  • Organizing and leading LiveDNA presentations at conferences and at their own institutions
  • Posting LiveDNA information on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and other social media sites
  • Displaying their LiveDNA (id’s) in their email signature, CV, and Web site
  • Educating friends and colleagues about LiveDNA through informal conversations
  • Encouraging their organization or nation to become a member and embed LiveDNA identifiers in research workflows
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