May 22, 2022

Springer Nature Announces Two New ORCID Initiatives (Including Mandate of ORCID iDs For Authors in 46 Journals)

From Springer Nature:

Springer Nature today announces two new initiatives in support of ORCID, which gives researchers a unique, personal, persistent identifier (an iD) that distinguishes them from every other researcher. ORCID also enables organizations to link researchers’ affiliations and works – including their publications – to their iD, ensuring they receive proper credit for their work.

The first initiative is a trial that will mandate ORCID iDs for corresponding authors publishing in 46 journals from across the whole of Springer Nature, including Nature Research, Springer and BioMed Central from today. This trial is the latest development in Springer Nature’s long history of support for ORCID, which has led to over 500,000 unique identifiers being used across the portfolio. The trial will last for six months and researchers’ perceptions will be evaluated at the end of that period.


The second initiative will see Springer become the first publisher to include ORCID iDs in proceedings papers. Springer’s proceedings submission system, OCS, allows authors to enter and validate their ORCID iDs, thus integrating them into the workflow process from the very beginning. Authors and editors of proceedings that use other conference management systems can still provide ORCID iDs to appear in the proceedings and next to the editors’ information. T

This feature will be extended to Springer’s Linked Open Data portal in the near future.


In November 2015 Springer Nature announced that they would be the first publisher to enable all Springer and Palgrave Macmillan authors and editors to add their ORCID iDs to academic book and chapter manuscripts.

Journals trialling the ORCID mandate will include:

From Nature Research: Nature Astronomy; Nature Cell Biology; Nature Chemistry; Nature Climate Change; Nature Ecology & Evolution; Nature Genetics; Nature Human Behaviour; Nature Immunology; Nature Methods; Nature Microbiology; Nature Neuroscience; Nature Physics; Nature Plants; Nature Structural and Molecular Biology

From BioMed Central: BMC Evolutionary Biology; BMC Genetics; BMC Microbiology; BMC Neuroscience; BMC Veterinary Research; BMC Anesthesiology; BMC Cardiovascular Disorders; BMC Medical Genetics; BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making; BMC Women’s Health. 

From Springer: Comparative Clinical Pathology; Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology; Lung; Medical Oncology; Clinical and Experimental Medicine; Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics; European Archives of ORL; Neurosurgical Review; Clinical and translational Oncology; Neurological Sciences; Techniques in Coloproctology; Obesity Surgery; Journal of Molecular Neuroscience; Molecular Neurobiology; International Journal of System Assurance Engineering and Management; Environmental Chemistry Letters; Reviews in Environmental Science and Bio-Technology; Agroforestry Systems; European Journal of Forest Research; Breast Cancer Research and Treatment; Journal of Neuro-Oncology

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