Publishers to Start Requiring ORCID iDs

Publié le 11 janvier 2016, par Thérèse Hameau

One of the questions I’m often asked is when ORCID will reach the “tipping point”. Adoption is widespread : close to two million researchers have registered, over 200 systems have integrated ORCID iDs, and research funders have started to require iDs during the grant application process.

That said, the broader benefits of ORCID to researchers, their organizations, and the scholarly community are realized as the network of connection points — and their use by researchers — grows.

So, we were delighted when three publishers approached us late in 2015 with the news that they were planning to require ORCID iDs for their authors in 2016. eLife, PLOS, and The Royal Society recognized the value of widespread ORCID adoption and felt that they could achieve more by taking joint action. They asked for our help in providing information and tools for a common low-barrier user experience. Together, we agreed to publish an open letter on the ORCID website to explain why they are committing to requiring ORCID iDs for their authors, detailing guidelines for how to integrate ORCID into publishing workflows, and providing a webform for other publishers to sign the letter. A further five publishers - AGU, EMBO, Hindawi, IEEE, and Science - have subsequently signed the letter ahead of its publication today, and a number of others have told us that they expect to do so over the coming months.