May 18, 2022

Metadata: Seven Publishers Will Make an ORCID ID a Requirement For Publication; Springer Nature Reaches ORCID Milestone

Two items in this post.

1. Seven Publishers Making ORCID ID a Requirement For Publication

A group of seven publishers today announced that, during 2016, they will begin requiring authors to use an ORCID identifier (iD) during the publication process. The American Geophysical Union (AGU), eLife, EMBO, Hindawi, the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the Public Library of Science (PLOS) will join the Royal Society – which already (as of January 1, 2016) requires its authors to include iDs at submission – in making this commitment.


Over 1.8 million researchers globally have registered for an iD, understanding the value a digital name provides in enhancing discoverability and reducing their reporting paperwork. Some funders have started to require ORCID iDs as part of the grant proposal process, and in a recent survey researchers indicated strong support for similar requirements by publishers.

According to Mark Patterson, Executive Director of eLife, one of the three original organizations behind this initiative: “There is a pressing need to improve the way researchers are evaluated. ORCID helps by providing a unique ID for an individual which makes it easier for researchers to gain recognition for all of their research contributions. eLife is very happy to be part of this initiative aimed at encouraging broader adoption of ORCID.”

See Also: Why Some Publishers are Requiring ORCID iDs for Authors: An Interview with Stuart Taylor, The Royal Society (via The Scholarly Kitchen)

2. Springer Nature Hits Milestone of 200,000 ORCID Identifiers

Springer Nature has reached an important new milestone, with over 200,000 ORCID identifiers in use for journal article submissions as of 1 January 2016. This follows November’s announcement that Springer Nature will be the first publisher to enable all Springer and Palgrave Macmillan authors and editors to apply their ORCID IDs to academic books and chapters.

Nature Publishing Group originally founded ORCID with Thomson Reuters in 2010, in order to create an open cross-industry funded researcher profile system.


Steven Inchcoombe, Managing Director of the Nature Research Group at Springer Nature said: “We set up ORCID because we believed that our community needed this open service. Six years on, the proliferation of global research means that this need has never been greate

He continues: “We are proud of ORCID’s achievements. In less than six years, over 1.82 million live records have been created and their end of year review shows that these are associated with nearly 5 million unique DOIs. We would like to applaud the team at ORCID, all those who have already registered, and other like-minded organisations working to ensure that every academic is properly credited for the research they do. Springer Nature applies best practice for ORCID implementation and management in its publishing and we welcome the other publishers that have expressed their commitment to this today.”

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