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Announcing our New, Improved Support System!

Mon, 17 Sep 2018 - 18:01 UTC

ORCID is maturing out of our start-up phase. As we grow, we need to ensure the scalability of our operations; that’s why we decided to move to another help desk system that better supports our continued growth, and enables us to meet our community’s requirements and to optimize your experience.

In 2017, we handled 30,732 tickets from users and members. We’ve already exceeded that volume this year: we’ve answered over 31,000 tickets by the end of August 2018. We do our best to answer all tickets within two business days. As you can see from the chart below (for 2018 to date), we mostly succeed, thanks to the hard work of a small team of colleagues.

However, with our continued growth in membership (expected to reach over 1,000 shortly) and users (now well over 5.2 million), we need to make some changes in our support system to continue to provide you with the support you need.

For the past few months, I’ve been leading a project to research, evaluate, and implement a new support system, and I’m excited to say that we have completed the transition! I want to thank and recognize all the hard work of my ORCID colleagues, who helped to make this transition possible to create a better experience for you.

Our new system, which went live on September 14, has a number of benefits, including support for multiple languages (which we will be rolling out over the coming months), a better user interface, and improved reporting for making smarter decisions so that we can more easily do what is best for our community, so improving our users’ and members’ satisfaction.

The new system will also allow us to spread the responsibility for answering tickets across more staff, with all members of our newly formed global Engagement Team now responsible for tickets from their own members. Our dedicated User Support Specialist will continue to handle most user tickets, again with support from all Engagement Team members.

Unfortunately, one downside of the transition is that the new system is unable to support URL redirects, meaning that any links to our old Knowledge Base articles no longer work. Anyone using the old links will be taken to one of two pages -- see the screenshot below. We have also created a spreadsheet mapping the old page links to the new ones, so that you can update your web pages accordingly.

We look forward to continuing to provide you with great service in the months and years to come!


Recognizing Reviews for Grant Applications Using ORCID - An Interview with Jason Gush, Royal Society Te Apārangi

Wed, 12 Sep 2018 - 08:24 UTC

Peer review is central to many key research workflows: publications, grant applications, promotion and tenure applications, conference submissions, and more. We are delighted that ORCID member Royal Society Te Apārangi is planning to use ORCID to recognize peer review service for Marsden Fund panel reviewers. Learn more about their progress in this interview with Jason Gush, their Programme Manager for Insights & Evaluation, and watch for more updates in the coming months.

First, please can you tell us a bit about the Royal Society Te Apārangi and the Marsden Fund, and your current integration of ORCID via the New Zealand ORCID Hub?

The Royal Society Te Apārangi is a 150-year old non-governmental organization empowered under an Act of Parliament and responsible for supporting and encouraging scholarship in the sciences and humanities, and encouraging an appreciation and awareness of the same in the New Zealand public. As part of these responsibilities, we’re the home for New Zealand’s national academy, distribute medals and awards for research excellence,  administer the New Zealand Journal titles, and act as a fund administrator for government, as well as carrying out a range of promotion, education, and expert advice activities.

The Marsden Fund is the largest of the funds we administer and has been in operation for 24 years. It is now somewhat novel, being both entirely for investigator-initiated research and covering the full gamut of research from the humanities through social sciences, the life sciences, physical sciences, to mathematics and the information sciences. With an annual funding round and success rates typically around 10%, getting a Marsden grant is regarded as carrying a fair degree of prestige.

The Society has had the pleasure of being the lead agency for the New Zealand ORCID Consortium since the Consortium’s launch in 2016. Supported by our government, the consortium is ORCID’s most organizationally diverse and has a goal of representing all of New Zealand’s publicly-funded researchers. The Consortium also supported the development of the New Zealand ORCID Hub to enable our diverse members to interact with ORCID. The Hub is a web application with a simple user interface that allows organizations to read from and write to ORCID records with the record holder’s permission. At present, we are using the Hub to assert affiliations for our staff, funding for grant holders, and have just started looking into how we can properly represent the peer review that’s integral to so much of our operation.

What sort of technical work did the Society undertake to enable peer review recognition in the Hub?

Peer review represented a simple extension of the Hub’s functionality. The main complication was the creation of tools to manage the group id referenced in an ORCID peer review. We’re very fortunate to have an able and dedicated development team at the University of Auckland. Together, Radomirs Cirskis and Roshan Pawar got this up and running with v4 of the Hub which launched in May.

We’re excited that the Royal Society Te Apārangi is the first ORCID member to recognize review contributions for funding. What sort of reviews will be recognized?

The Fund sees around 1,200 expressions of interest a year across a broad range of disciplines. To make assessment practical, the Fund is structured into 10 discipline-based panels. Each panel assesses approximately 120 expressions of interest and selects around 24 to invite to submit a full proposal. Those 24 proposals are sent to a target of three (almost exclusively) international referees for comment. The panels meet again to consider the proposals, referee comments, and the investigator rebuttals, to select the 12 that will be successful.

With referees currently anonymous, the review contributions that we are most interested and able to assert is the service performed by the panellists.

By making peer review recognition available to Marsden Fund Panelists, what are you hoping to accomplish, and what challenges have you faced?

Peer review is such an important part of our processes, so we’re after a clear, clean, and authoritative way of unambiguously asserting that a particular individual has given this service. We’re hoping this is of value to panelists. Given that we’re often approached to confirm that they have served on a panel for other assessment processes, we want to give panelists the ability to share this information themselves.

The socialization of asserting what is already public information therefore is expected to be trivial. Instead, our biggest challenge has been attempting to fit this role into ORCID’s model representation of peer review. Conversely, that model would fit relatively nicely were the Fund, or indeed any of the Society’s processes, to offer referees the opportunity to be open about their identity; however, that is definitely not the case at present.

What approaches did you consider, for example, in terms of recognizing peer reviews versus service affiliation?

Our initial thoughts were to assert these roles in the peer review section of the panelist’s ORCID record, both because we thought we could make it work and, with v2.1 of the ORCID API, this was the only game in town. However, getting to grips with the peer review model showed that this wasn’t really suited to what we wanted to assert, i.e. where an identifiable work is the subject of an identifiable review. After discussions with the ORCID team, we’ve decided instead to wait for v3.0’s service affiliations.

What has the reaction been so far from researchers about the option to have their review work for the Society recognized in their ORCID record?

It is too soon to say as it’s still early days yet. Part of pursuing this was seeking the approval of the Marsden Fund Council which governs the fund, and they have been supportive of both this activity and of funding assertions in ORCID.

What challenges did being the first to work on recognizing peer review in funding pose, and what advice would you give other funders that would like to link and recognize peer review?

Peer review is the newest of the sections of the ORCID record, and, at least in v2.1, is solidly geared around the concept of a reviewer composing a review for a subject on behalf of a review group. As a funder, the challenges were that the subject must be one of ORCID’s work types, while review groups can be one of: publisher; institution; journal; conference; newspaper; newsletter; magazine; or peer review service. Neither really suits a funding organization, where the subject would not be a work but a grant, proposal, or application. The fact that so much of contestable funding review is blinded also makes the strict application of ORCID’s peer review model impractical for us at the moment.

If the Society moved toward open review, or at least more open than currently, the peer review approach would be worth revisiting. For other funders, once ORCID has subject types and organization types which fit, then it is definitely possible if they’re practicing open review; however, service affiliations are looking to be a much more universally applicable approach in the interim.

Looking ahead, is peer review recognition a part of the ORCID roadmap for other New Zealand members using the ORCID Hub?

All major public research funders in New Zealand are part of our consortium, and this is something that they can pursue using the Hub. I’d definitely hope to see this kind of recognition extended to our other funders given the value that we receive from peer reviewers’ service.


What’s new with peer review on ORCID

Tue, 11 Sep 2018 - 23:24 UTC

ORCID has provided peer review functionality for going on three years. Peer review recognition is part of our broader commitment to improve recognition for all research contributions. It’s something that reviewers feel strongly about too. In Publons’ recently published 2018 Global State of Peer Review survey, 85% of respondents indicated that peer review contributions should be both required and recognized by their institutions; and 83% indicated that greater recognition and career incentives for peer review would have a positive effect on the community.

We continue to improve our peer review functionality based on your feedback. Review activities now group in an ORCID record based on a shared group ID and review identifier, much as works do. If your organization asserts reviews directly on ORCID records and also provides review history to other parties, such as review recognition services, you can share the group ID and review identifier you use to ensure that the review correctly groups on the ORCID record.

A new way to recognize review service

In 2017, we called on the ORCID community to help us expand our affiliations section to better encompass the range of professional activities researchers engage in. The new affiliations are being launched this month in the ORCID record interface and will also be available to ORCID member organizations testing the first release candidate of our API 3.0.

Service, one of the six new affiliations on the ORCID record, recognizes any donation of a researcher’s time, time, money, or other resources to an organization or community, including voluntary work such as being a review editor or participating in a review panel. It can be used in combination with peer review activity to provide a more complete recognition of the total review contribution of a researcher.

Each service affiliation requires information about the service organization, including its organization identifier; and information about the duration of service, including the date it started. We also recommend adding more detail about the organization, such as the name of the journal or panel where the review service was performed, and the role of the reviewer or their title, for example Review Editor or Review Committee Chair.

Users will be able to add information themselves about their service to an organization as a reviewer, review editor, and more, directly in their ORCID record. ORCID member organizations testing API 3.0 will be able to add these service affiliations with their researchers’ permission.

Uptake in peer review on ORCID

Now that our API 2.0 is in full use,all ORCID members are able to use the peer review functionality; usage has increased significantly as a result. More than 25 thousand ORCID records now have at least one peer review -- a 133% increase over 2017. And more than 535,500 peer reviews have now been asserted on ORCID records, a 266% increase over the 148,100 reviews posted in 2017. Publons continue to be responsible for the vast majority (512,700), but assertions by other organizations are increasing rapidly. See our chart below for more details and the statistics page for the latest updates:

  September 2017 September 2018 Number of iDs with peer reviews 10,837 25,210 (+132.63%) Number of peer review items 148,060 535,472 (+261.66%) Visible to everyone 124,709 451,778 Visible to trusted parties 5,660 24,110 Visible to only the user 17,691 59,584 Number of peer review groups 10,108 18,442 (+82.45%) Number of unique DOIs 6,948 12,718 (+83.05%) Top five organizations posting
peer reviews (number of reviews posted)
  • Publons (135,752)
  • F1000 (7,080)
  • American Geophysical Union (4,365)
  • eLife (257)
  • The Society for Neuroscience (257)
  • Publons (512,727)
  • F1000 (12,886)
  • American Geophysical Union (7,792)
  • The Society for Neuroscience (490)
  • eLife (413)

Organizations currently asserting reviews directly are predominately using third-party systems, with an even split between F1000’s Open Research platform and eJournalPress. Other systems which currently support peer review assertions directly to ORCID records include Aries Systems’ Editorial Manager and River Valley Technologies’ ReView.

We are delighted to see our community making more use of our peer review functionality and hope to see uptake continue to increase in the coming months and years.


Characterizing the Adoption of ORCID iDs

Tue, 11 Sep 2018 - 10:53 UTC

Adoption of ORCID is increasing among institutions, publishers, and funders, as well as researchers – there are now over five million registered users. However, although the number of users is growing steadily, there is a danger that researchers sign up for an ORCID iD, but then fail to make best use of it and of the associated record. Many institutions therefore run advocacy programs and work hard to increase the benefits that ORCID adoption brings their researchers.

Under their Library & Information Science Research Grants scheme, OCLC and ALISE have funded a project at the University of St. Andrews to research ORCID iD uptake and adoption. The Characterizing the Adoption of ORCID iDs project launched in March 2018 and runs through to February 2019. It is based on a pilot study carried out in 2017 that investigated the adoption and use of ORCID iDs by researchers at the University of St. Andrews and identified key use cases and new avenues for advocacy.

Looking for case study institutions

The OCLC/ALISE project is currently conducting a survey at three case study organizations and is looking for up to five further case study institutions to participate, by disseminating a 10-minute online survey of all staff and research students at your institution.

What are the benefits for organizations taking part?
  1. You get a ready-made and tested methodology to run the survey at your institution.
  2. The survey and analysis can be tailored to your institution.
  3. The survey results can help you with either planning ORCID-related advocacy activities or with evaluating them.
  4. By collecting data that are comparable to other institutions, you will also be able to see how ORCID iD advocacy, adoption and usage at your institution compares to that at other institutions.
  5. The project can also serve as a mechanism for exchanging information about good practice between institutions.
Where will the results be reported?

The project will present its findings as a final report at presentations in various venues such as the 2019 ALISE Annual Conference. The datasets generated will be published in a suitable repository under a Creative Commons license.

How to get involved

If your institution is interested in participating – or if you’d just like to learn more – please contact Alex at alex.voss@st-andrews.ac.uk.




Celebrating #PeerReviewWeek18 at ORCID!

Mon, 10 Sep 2018 - 18:00 UTC

Welcome to the fourth Peer Review Week, which runs from September 10-14. As one of the founding organizations of this annual event in honor of peer review, we are delighted to announce a few of our own celebrations, which we hope you'll enjoy!

The theme of this year's Peer Review Week is Diversity in Review. We welcome all to join the celebrations, and especially organizations outside the publishing community. If you are affiliated with a research funder, a research institution, or other organization, please join us in celebrating how you use and recognize peer review!

This year we're holding two webinars featuring an overview of ORCID’s peer review functionality plus regional community use cases. Our webinar for the Americas/Europe/Middle East/Africa regions kicked off the week. Held today, September 10, we welcomed Liz Allen of F1000, Stephanie Dawson of ScienceOpen, and Joris van Rossum of Digital Science and Brigitte Shull of Cambridge University Press from the Blockchain Peer Review Project to discuss reviews in their community -- we will share the slides and recording later this week. Our webinar for the Asia-Pacific region ends the week. Held September 14, we welcome Jason Gush of the Royal Society Te Apārangi, Kerry Kroffe of PLOS, and Andrew Harrison of Publons to share how they have implemented -- or are planning to implement -- peer review. Registration is free and we strongly encourage you to attend if you're interested in recognizing your reviewers' contributions by connecting their review activities to their ORCID records. We’ll also share the recordings afterwards.

Finally, we will be celebrating Peer Review Week with a series of blog posts: an update on ORCID's peer review functionality and use; an interview with the Royal Society Te Apārangi on their experience implementing peer review; and more!

Need additional resources to jazz up your own Peer Review Week celebrations? This year's Peer Review Week Organizing Committee, including ORCID, has created some great Peer Review Week Event In A Box resources for you to use and adapt. And if you haven't yet done so, please share your plans so that they can be included on the PRW calendar.

As well as the celebrations here at ORCID, many other individuals and organizations globally have organized events and activities for #PeerReviewWeek18, including several ORCID members. Check out this list for more information - and we hope you'll join in by following @PeerRevWeek and the hashtags #PeerReviewWeek18, and #PeerRevDiversityInclusion.


Celebrating the ORCID US Community Consortium - 100 Members and Counting

Wed, 05 Sep 2018 - 18:06 UTC

ORCID is proud to be a flourishing “community of communities”.  We work with a wide range of organizations across sectors, disciplines, and borders. Our consortia communities are crucial to developing and implementing our roadmap. In August, the ORCID US Community was the first consortia to reach a milestone 100 members. Under the stewardship of LYRASIS as consortia lead organization, ORCID US continues to cultivate new ORCID implementation projects, including their upcoming ORCID webinar featuring many consortium members, resources, and updates (see below for more details).

The ORCID US Community, launched in January, is made up of four regional ORCID consortia that cooperate as a single entity: the Big Ten Academic Alliance (previously CIC); the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) with the previously merged Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL); LYRASIS; and NorthEast Research Libraries (NERL) with the previously merged Washington Research Library Consortium)(WRLC).  Since the launch, LYRASIS has brought on dedicated staff and launched platforms to foster communication and collaboration among its growing list of members.  

“We have seen steady growth in membership for the ORCID US Community over the past several months, and we are thrilled to have reached the 100 member milestone!” says Celeste Feather, Senior Director for Licensing and Strategic Partnerships at LYRASIS, “With the creation of dedicated communication channels this summer, including the new ORCID US Community website , member institutions can now easily share knowledge and learn from each other. We look forward to continuing to provide support for this growing community.”  

ORCID US Community Webinar

On Wednesday, September 12, LYRASIS will host a free webinar featuring updates from consortium community lead, Sheila Rabun.  She will be joined by speakers from consortium members Cornell, University of Virginia, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, New York University, and Boston College, who will demonstrate their ORCID integrations and share their experiences of ORCID development and campus engagement.  The webinar is open to all, so visit the ORCID US Community site to register!


Listening to our Community

Tue, 04 Sep 2018 - 16:10 UTC

Engaging with our community -- ORCID members and users, consortia lead organizations, and the wider research community -- is incredibly important to us. It helps us better understand your needs for the ORCID Registry and ensures that we continue to develop new functionality that meets those needs. We’re lucky to have such a diverse and engaged global community and we appreciate all the feedback you share with us - negative as well as positive.

This year, as part of our efforts to collect evidence of ORCID’s value to researchers and their organizations, we’re paying extra attention to your feedback, in several ways:

  • Experimenting with sentiment analysis. According to Wikipedia: “Generally speaking, sentiment analysis aims to determine the attitude of a speaker, writer, or other subject with respect to some topic or the overall contextual polarity or emotional reaction to a document, interaction, or event.” Since the start of 2018, we’ve been running monthly sentiment analysis reports that characterize mentions of ORCID in social and traditional media as positive, negative, or neutral. These cover mentions of ORCID in all countries and languages, collected via a third-party media monitoring service that we subscribe to. As with any form of algorithm-driven logic, a degree of manual review is needed to identify false negatives and positives, but a few months in we’re pretty confident that we’re getting it mostly right. And the good news is - we are mostly getting it right! Although there’s some variation by month, overall there are many more positive than negative mentions of ORCID in traditional and (especially) social media 

  • Monitoring Twitter more closely. With over 23,000 followers, our Twitter account is a great way of engaging with you, and this year -- in conjunction with the sentiment analysis reporting -- we’ve been keeping a close eye on what you have to say to and about us. As you can see from just this tiny sample of tweets, you’ve shared your ideas, reported problems, given us kudos, and more! We take your tweets seriously. In the past few months, we’ve been working on improvements to our OAuth screen to respond to some concerns raised on Twitter about it not being clear enough; discussing your suggestions for new functionality and new use cases for ORCID, such as conflict of interest statements; and sharing your celebratory tweets in our own presentations and reports.


  • Surveys, surveys, surveys. One of the best ways to find out what you really think is -- to ask you! Over the past few years, we’ve carried out a couple of community surveys of ORCID users and non-users (in 2015 and 2017), as well as one of our consortia lead organizations (also in 2017). The feedback you gave us has been incredibly valuable, leading, for example, to the development of our Collect & Connect program (intended in part to address your concerns about the lack of consistency in user experience across systems); the publishers ORCID open letter (the vast majority of respondents told us you support organizations requiring iDs); and the launch of our new outreach resources (to address some common misunderstanding reported in the surveys). We’ll shortly be launching our first members survey, to be followed in early 2019 by our next community survey and consortia leads survey. As usual, we’ll be sharing the results here and in our repository.

Thank you for sharing your own ORCID experiences -- good and bad -- and please keep the tweets, comments, suggestions, complaints and kudos coming! We’ll continue to collect the evidence of ORCID’s value and to welcome your input and feedback on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn or at community@orcid.org.


ORCID, OpenID Connect, and Implicit Authentication

Thu, 30 Aug 2018 - 14:01 UTC

ORCID is a researcher-centric system that connects people with their activities.  These connections are made as researchers interact with a variety of information systems, such as manuscript submission systems, institutional repositories or a grant management systems. This seamless updating of ORCID records is possible because the ORCID members who operate these systems have integrated with the ORCID Registry.  

In order to update researcher records, ORCID integrations must provide ORCID with two things - the researcher’s authenticated ORCID iD and their permission to make updates. Authenticating iDs is an essential step in any system that is using ORCID, as it's the only way to ensure that a researcher is reliably connected to their own iD. Until recently, the only way to authenticate a researcher’s ORCID ID and gather the required permissions was via a specific OAuth process.

We’re happy to announce that we have now added support for OpenID Connect (and the implicit OAuth flow!), which opens the door to some exciting integration options for all types of integrations.

What are OAuth and OpenID connect?

In lay terms OAuth and OpenID Connect are standard ways of exchanging identity information on the web.  Whenever you see a “Sign in with X” button on a website, chances are that it’s using OAuth behind the scenes.  OpenID is built on top of OAuth and offers a couple of useful additional features, including sharable ID tokens -- digitally signed objects that can prove a user authenticated to a specific service using ORCID at a specific time.

In technical terms, OpenID Connect 1.0 is a simple identity layer on top of the OAuth 2.0 protocol.  It supplements existing OAuth authentication flows and provides information about users to clients in a well-described manner, including a dedicated user information endpoint and digitally signed JSON Web Tokens (JWT) “id tokens”.

What is implicit authentication?

Implicit authentication is a lighter-weight variation of OAuth that has a lower barrier to entry - it makes it quicker and easier for organisations to integrate ORCID into their services.

For the more technical among us, this means OAuth can be implemented entirely in the browser using javascript alone, without requiring access to server side components.

Why has ORCID adopted these technologies?

OpenID connect and implicit OAuth are standardised ways of implementing OAuth and sharing information about authenticated users.  Here at ORCID we love standards because they are well-tested and make life easier for everyone. The major benefit is that it is now possible to configure services to use ORCID “out of the box”.  For example, you can now ask people to log into your Wordpress blog by doing nothing more than configuring a generic OAuth plugin!  

For those of you building more complex services, these can now be configured to use a standard OpenID connect library, which vastly reduces development effort.  Using implicit OAuth and OpenID ID tokens, the increasingly common “one page javascript application” can integrate ORCID authentication with nothing more than a handful of javascript -- just 36 lines of code for our example spring security integration and 45 lines for our  example javascript implementation.


These new features have been beta tested by ORCID members, who provided very positive feedback -- the integration process was described by Dr Jason Gush of the ORCID New Zealand Consortium/Royal Society Te Apārangi as “painless”!

For a detailed technical explanation of how to integrate ORCID authentication using these new features please see our OpenID Connect integration documentation.  The OpenID Connect core specification may also be useful.  Please let us know if you have any specific questions, and don’t forget to share your own use cases with us!



Presenting PIDapalooza 2019!

Tue, 28 Aug 2018 - 00:00 UTC

Yes, it’s back and -- with your support -- it’s going to be better than ever! The third annual PIDapalooza open festival of persistent identifiers will take place at the Griffith Conference Centre, Dublin, Ireland on January 23-24, 2019 - and we hope you’ll join us there!

Hosted, once again, by California Digital Library, Crossref, DataCite, and ORCID, PIDapalooza will follow the same format as past events -- rapid-fire, interactive, 30-60 minute sessions (presentations, discussions, debates, brainstorms, etc.) presented on three stages -- plus main stage attractions, which will be announced shortly. New for this year is an unconference track, as suggested by several attendees last time.

In the meantime, get those creative juices flowing and send us your session PIDeas! What would you like to talk about? Hear about? Learn about? What’s important for your organization and your community and why? What’s working and what’s not? What’s needed and what’s missing? We want to hear from as many PID people as possible!  Please use this form to send us your suggestions. The PIDapalooza Festival Committee will review all forms submitted by September 21, 2018 and decide on the lineup by mid-October.

As a reminder, the regular themes are:

  • PID myths: Are PIDs better in our minds than in reality? PID stands for Persistent IDentifier, but what does that mean and does such a thing exist?
  • PIDs forever - achieving persistence: So many factors affect persistence: mission, oversight, funding, succession, redundancy, governance. Is open infrastructure for scholarly communication the key to achieving persistence?
  • PIDs for emerging uses: Long-term identifiers are no longer just for digital objects. We have use cases for people, organizations, vocabulary terms, and more. What additional use cases are you working on?
  • Legacy PIDs: There are of thousands of venerable old identifier systems that people want to continue using and bring into the modern data citation ecosystem. How can we manage this effectively?
  • Bridging worlds: What would make heterogeneous PID systems 'interoperate' optimally? Would standardized metadata and APIs across PID types solve many of the problems, and if so, how would that be achieved? What about standardized link/relation types?
  • PIDagogy: It’s a challenge for those who provide PID services and tools to engage the wider community. How do you teach, learn, persuade, discuss, and improve adoption? What's it mean to build a pedagogy for PIDs?
  • PID stories: Which strategies worked? Which strategies failed? Tell us your horror stories! Share your victories!
  • Kinds of persistence: What are the frontiers of 'persistence'? We hear lots about fraud prevention with identifiers for scientific reproducibility, but what about data papers promoting PIDs for long-term access to reliably improving objects (software, pre-prints, datasets) or live data feeds?

We’ll be posting more information on the PIDapalooza website over the coming months, as well as keeping you updated on Twitter (@pidapalooza).

In the meantime, what are you waiting for!? Book your place now -- and we also strongly recommend that you book your accommodation early as there are other big conferences in Dublin that week.

PIDapalooza, Dublin, Ireland, January 23-24, 2019 - it’s a date!


ORCID in Publishing

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 - 00:00 UTC

The publishing community has been involved with ORCID since the very beginning. Together with organizations from the association, funding, and research institution communities, we helped launch ORCID in 2012. We were early and enthusiastic adopters of ORCID, embedding iDs in our manuscript submission systems almost from the start, and leading the field in using ORCID to recognize peer-review activities.  Researchers are still most likely to use their iD in a publication workflow, and there are well over 32m works connected with ORCID records, representing more than 10m unique DOIs. Over 50 organizations -- from individual journals to major publishers like my own, Springer Nature -- have now signed the ORCID publishers’ open letter, committing to requiring iDs for authors and, critically, to following ORCID’s best practices.

ORCID in Publishing User Group

I’m therefore delighted that ORCID is launching an ORCID in Publishing User Group, open to everyone who is -- or is interested in -- using iDs in any form of publication workflow. It is intended as a venue for the publishing and vendor communities to discuss the next stages of ORCID adoption in publishing workflows: improving the user experience of ORCID in publishing; collecting iDs from all authors; pulling affiliation, resources and funding information from ORCID records; updating records with peer-review information; ORCID in books workflows; and more. After two useful meetings to discuss setting up a User Group for publishers -- during SSP’s annual meeting in May, and at a webinar in June -- it’s clear that there’s a lot of enthusiasm for the idea.

We will soon be launching an official community forum for the User Group, open to all (watch this space for details) and, based on feedback from the initial discussions, there will also be regular ORCID in Publishing webinars -- alternating between time zones to ensure everyone can participate -- on a range of publishing-related topics. Details will be posted on the community forum, as well as on the ORCID events page; all webinars are free to attend, and recordings will be made available after the event.

You can sign up for the first three webinars now:

August 2018 webinar (Americas/Europe/Middle East/Africa)

  • 28 August 2018, 9:00 AM EDT | 1:00 PM UTC (see the time in your timezone)
  • Developing and implementing an ORCID roadmap for your organization: Springer Nature
  • Registration

October 2018 webinar (Asia Pacific)

  • 9 October 2018, 9:00 AM EDT | 1:00 PM UTC (see the time in your timezone)
  • Developing and implementing an ORCID roadmap for your organization: Springer Nature
  • Registration

December 2018 webinar (Americas/Europe/Middle East/Africa)

ORCID is also celebrating Peer Review Week by holding two webinars on ORCID and peer review: September 10 (Americas/Europe/Middle East/Africa) and September 14 (Asia Pacific).

ORCID in Publishing Working Group

At the same time as starting the ORCID in Publishing User Group, we are launching an ORCID in Publishing Working Group, which I will Chair. This smaller team will sit alongside the existing ORCID Working Groups, including the Trust Working Group and the User Facilities and Publications Working Group. The ORCID in Publishing Working Group will drive practical steps to increase knowledge and adoption of new ORCID programmes and initiatives by the publishing community, and develop or extend ways for the publishing community to inform and support existing and new programmes and initiatives. The aim will be for the User Group and Working Group to work very closely together, with the User Group suggesting and discussing topics and ideas that can be refined and taken forward by the Working Group, as well as providing feedback on the Working Group’s recommendations. The Working Group will include representatives from the publishing community (for-profit and not-for-profit) and the publishing vendor community, and if you are interested in learning more please don’t hesitate to contact me.

ORCID resources for publishers

As well as the User Group and Working Group, ORCID has a number of useful resources for publishing organizations, including:

If you have comments, questions, or suggestions for other resources that would be useful, please let us know.

ORCID at publishing meetings

As you probably know, the ORCID team attends a wide range of conferences and meetings every year. If you’re interested in learning more about ORCID in publishing, look out for ORCID staff at these upcoming events, and feel free to contact them to set up a meeting:

Get involved!

Whatever your organization type -- small or large; commercial or not-for-profit; startup or established -- if you’re interested in ORCID for publishing and would like to help achieve our shared vision, I warmly invite you to get involved,

Join the discussion on ORCID in publishing community! Share your success stories and challenges! Attend a webinar! And give us your feedback on current and potential future ORCID functionality for authors, reviewers, and publishers! To those who are already involved in these activities, thank you for your support and engagement, and we’ll look forward to seeing how much more progress we can make together.


Building a Robust Research Infrastructure, One PID at a Time

Tue, 07 Aug 2018 - 12:45 UTC

Enabling a wide range of connections between ORCID iDs and other persistent identifiers (PIDs) is a key element of our strategic plan, vital to achieving our shared vision of a PID-enabled research infrastructure. But, to ensure that those connections are valuable to and trusted by the community, all identifiers in the ORCID Registry need to meet some basic requirements.

There are many types of identifiers and they offer different levels of utility.  At a basic level, a PID is exactly what you’d imagine -- a reference to a person, place, or thing, which can be used to uniquely identify them, in perpetuity. PIDs may be internal (i.e., for use within a single organization); proprietary (for use within a single system); or open (fully interoperable in any system). You probably won’t be surprised that, at ORCID, we like open PIDs the best, since they are the easiest to work with for everyone. However, we also welcome the use of proprietary PIDs, as long as they resolve to enough information to help determine uniqueness (see below), and can be shared under a CC0 license in our data files. Internal PIDs can also be added to ORCID records and shared in our data files, but we only allow them to be categorized as ”Non-standard ID from work data source” -- our way of saying internal accession number.

There are several other desirable characteristics which make some PIDs more useful for making trusted connections -- or assertions -- than others:

  • Resolvable PIDs: These are either URLs (links), or can be transformed into URLs, which  resolve directly to a document or a human-readable landing page using well-known rules. Generally ORCID expects this category of PIDs to also provide machine-readable metadata, but that is outside the strictest definitions.  Example: Requests For Comments (RFC) are assigned a PID. The ORCID Registry can use this PID to generate links to the webpage containing the RFC.  The identifier “rfc6750” becomes https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc6750.
  • FAIR PIDs: These PIDs are not just resolvable, but can also be used to discover open, interoperable, well-defined metadata containing provenance information in a predictable manner.  They are openly governed for the benefit of the community. Example: DOIs are stored either as URLs “https://doi.org/10.1/123”, or simply “10.1/123”.  We present these to the user as links in the Registry and you can also follow those links to discover metadata describing the linked item.  DOIs are governed by the International DOI Foundation and the attached metadata is available under a CC0 license, meaning that it is open to everyone. The metadata contains information about the publisher, the publication, other authors, funding, and affiliation(s), all of which help establish the provenance of the item.  Other FAIR PIDs include arXiv identifiers, PubMed and PubMed Central identifiers and most ISBN identifiers.

As a benefit of membership, organizations can ask ORCID to support additional PID types in the ORCID Registry.  For example, a member could request that we add support for the PIDs they use for identifying samples or datasets in their geology database.  This enables links between the samples and the people who collected them. And, because all new PID types that we add must be at least resolvable, and preferably FAIR, those links are unambiguous, persistent over time, and actionable - benefitting the researcher, the member organization, and the wider community

Adding Your PID!

As a community organization, we want to ensure that ORCID supports the PIDs used by our members. We maintain a complete list of existing identifiers supported in the Registry, and invite ORCID members to use this form to request additional PIDs. We aim to respond to your request within 48 hours; please allow two weeks for your PID to be added.

Thank you for helping us build a robust research infrastructure, one PID at a time!


Org ID: a recap and a hint of things to come

Thu, 02 Aug 2018 - 14:48 UTC

Note, this post is also published on the Crossref, CDL, and DataCite blogs

Over the past couple of years, a group of organizations with a shared purpose---California Digital Library, Crossref, DataCite, and ORCID---have invested our time and energy into launching the Org ID initiative, with the goal of defining requirements for an open, community-led organization identifier registry.  The goal of our initiative has been to offer a transparent, accessible process that builds a better system for all of our communities. As the working group chair, I wanted to provide an update on this initiative and let you know where our efforts are headed.

Community-led effort

FIrst, I would like to summarize all of the work that has gone into this project, a truly community-driven initiative, over the last two years:

  • A series of collaborative workshops were held at the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) meeting in San Antonio TX (2016), the FORCE11 conference in Portland OR (2016), and at PIDapalooza in Reykjavik (2017).
  • Findings from these workshops were summarized in three documents, which we made openly available to the community for public comment:
    • Organization Identifier Project: A Way Forward (PDF)
    • Organization Identifier Provider Landscape (PDF)
    • Technical Considerations for an Organization Identifier Registry (PDF)
  • A Working Group worked throughout 2017 and voted to approve a set of recommendations and principles for ‘governance’ and ‘product’:
  • We then put out a Request for Information that sought expressions of interest from organizations to be involved in implementing and running an organization identifier registry.
  • There was a really good response to the RFI; reviewing the responses and thinking about next steps led to our most recent stakeholder meeting in Girona in January 2018, where ORCID, DataCite, and Crossref were tasked with drafting a proposal that meets the Working Group’s requirements for a community-led, organizational identifier registry.
Thank you

I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has contributed to this effort so far.  We’ve been able to make good progress with the initiative because of the time and expertise many of you have volunteered. We have truly benefited from the support of the community, with representatives from Alfred P. Sloan Foundation; American Physical Society, California Digital Library, Cornell University, Crossref, DataCite, Digital Science, Editeur, Elsevier, Foundation for Earth Sciences, Hindawi, Jisc, ORCID, Ringgold, Springer Nature, The IP Registry, and U.S. Geological Survey involved throughout this initiative.  And we couldn't have done any of it without the help and guidance of our consultants, Helen Szigeti and Kristen Ratan.

The way forward

The recommendations from our initiative have been converted into a concrete plan for building a registry for research organizations.  This plan will be posted in the coming weeks.

The initiative’s leadership group has already secured start-up resourcing and is getting ready to announce the launch plan---more details coming soon.  

We hope that all stakeholders will continue to support the next phase of our work -- look for announcements in the coming weeks about how to get involved.  

As always, we welcome your feedback and involvement as this effort continues. Please contact me directly with any questions or comments at john.chodacki@ucop.edu. And thanks again for your help bringing an open organization identifier registry to fruition!





ORCID and #PeerReviewWeek18

Mon, 30 Jul 2018 - 17:21 UTC

Helping researchers get recognition for all their contributions is an important part of our strategic goal to empower researchers and enrich and advance the research ecosystem. This, of course, includes peer review, which is at the heart of so many research workflows, from grant application to conference proposals to publication. We are therefore delighted to announce that we will again be helping celebrate the important role of peer review in research by participating in this year’s Peer Review Week.

Our plans include:

We warmly invite the ORCID community to join in our celebrations -- and we also encourage you to plan your own!

The 2018 Peer Review Week Organizing Committee (of which ORCID is a member) has created some great Peer Review Week Event In A Box resources that you are welcome to download and use/adapt. We are especially keen to involve organizations from outside of publishing, so if you’re affiliated with a funder, a research institution, or any other type of research organization, please join in the fun! Be sure to share your plans so that we can include them on the PRW calendar.

And we hope that you will all join in the celebrations on social media -- follow @PeerRevWeek and the hashtags #PeerReviewWeek18 and #PeerRevDiversityInclusion.


ستة طرق لجعل أوركيد الخاص بك يعمل بالنسبة إليك!

Thu, 26 Jul 2018 - 19:07 UTC

تهانينا ، لقد قمت بالتسجيل في أوركيد! الخطوة التالية هي استخدام معرف أوركيد لبناء سجل أوركيد  الخاص بك. نحن نعرف أن آخر شيء تريده هو أن تقضي المزيد من الوقت في تحديث نظام آخر ، فلماذا لا تدع المنظمات والمنصات التي تتفاعل معها بالفعل تقوم بمعظم العمل بالنسبة لك؟ لن يؤدي ذلك إلى توفير الوقت فحسب ، بل يقلل أيضًا من مخاطر الأخطاء ، ويساعدك على ضمان الاتصالات الموثوقة بينك وبين مساهماتك البحثية وانتماءاتك. بعد كل شيء ، من هو أفضل من مؤسستك لتأكيد مكان عملك؟ أو المجلة الخاصة بك لتأكيد المقالات التي قمت بتأليفها؟

نوصي باتباع هذه الخطوات الستة السهلة لبناء سجل أوركيد موثوق - بينما بالكاد رفع الإصبع (الرقمي)!

١. التحقق من الإنتماء إلى مؤسستك. استخدم معرف أوركيد الخاص بك كلما طُلب منك ذلك في نظام تثق به - نظام إدارة معلومات البحث في مؤسستك ، أو تقديم المخطوطة أو نظام تقديم المنح ، على سبيل المثال. ستطلب منك عمليات دمج أوركيد تسجيل الدخول إلى حساب أوركيد الخاص بك للتحقق من  معرف أوركيد الخاص بك. في الوقت نفسه ، سيطلب منك العديد منهم بالتفويض لهم للوصول إلى سجلك. قل نعم! عندئذ سيكون بإمكانهم إضافة معلومات إلى سجل أوركيد الخاص بك والاحتفاظ بها محدثة نيابة عنك. وهذا يعني أنه على سبيل المثال ، يمكن لمؤسستك إضافة معلومات الارتباط الخاصة بك - بما في ذلك تاريخ البدء - وتحريرها إذا قمت بنقل الأقسام أو مغادرة المؤسسة. ستظهر مؤسستك كمصدر لتلك المعلومات. يمكنك اختيار إلغاء الوصول عبر إعدادات حساب أوركيد في أي وقت إذا كنت بحاجة إلى ذلك.

٢. تحديثات تلقائية للسجل الخاص بك أثناء نشره. تخويل كروس رف و / أو داتا سايت - مقدمي معرف الكائن الرقمي الرئيسيين للمنشورات البحثية - لتحديث السجل الخاص بك تلقائيا كلما قمت بنشر مقال مجلة أو مجموعة بيانات. سيطلب كروس رف الحصول على إذن منك بعد قبول الورقة - ابحث عن رسالة بريد إلكتروني منه ، وعندما يُطلب منك ذلك ، قم بتسجيل الدخول إلى حساب أوركيد الخاص بك وقم بتفويضه لتحديث السجل الخاص بك. يمكنك تنشيط ميزة التحديث التلقائي في داتا سايت بنفسك ، بصرف النظر عن عملية النشر. قم ببساطة بإعداد ملف تعريف داتا سايت وتمكين وظيفة التحديث التلقائي لأوركيد. بعد ذلك ، سيتم تحديث سجل أوركيد تلقائيًا في كل مرة يتم فيها نشر أحد أعمالك. سيظهر كروس رف أو داتا سايت كمصدر للمعلومات. في كثير من الأحيان يتم تحديث السجل الخاص بك قبل نشر المقال!

٣. تواصل مع أعمالك الحالية. استخدم أدوات البحث والربط لأوركيد. لقد قامت إحدى عشر من المنظمات الأعضاء لدينا حتى الآن بإنشاء هذه الأدوات ، والتي تمكنك من ربط أعمالك بسرعة وسهولة بالسجل الخاص بك. يمكنك استيراد معلومات من بعض أكبر قواعد البيانات ، مثل البيانات الوصفية و ريسرشرأي د ومعرف سكوبس من قواعد بيانات مثل بوب مد المركزية و قائمة المراجع العالمية م.ل.أ و / أو قواعد البيانات الخاصة بالبلد و / أو اللغة ، مثل أريتري و كوريا مد و ريداليك. حدد خيار البحث والربط ضمن إضافة أعمالك في قسم الأعمال في سجل أوركيد الخاص بك ، واختر قاعدة البيانات التي تريد الاتصال بها ، ومنح الإذن لها بالوصول إلى سجل أوركيد وتحديثه. ستعرض عليك قائمة بالمنشورات التي تتطابق مع المعلومات الموجودة في سجلك ، ويمكنك ببساطة المطالبة بتلك المطبوعات التي تمتلكها. سوف تظهر على الفور في سجل أوركيد الخاص بك ، مع قاعدة البيانات ذات الصلة تظهر كمصدر.

٤. تواصل مع المنح الحالية الخاصة بك. استخدم أداة البحث والبحث في  أوبر ريسيرش. يعمل هذا بنفس الطريقة التي تعمل بها أدوات البحث و الوصل للأعمال ، مما يتيح لك ربط منحك وجوائزك بسرعة وسهولة بالسجل الخاص بك. انقر على خيار البحث وصله في قسم تمويل السجل الخاص بك، حدد  أوبر ويزرد لأوركيد يأذن الوصول إلى السجل الخاص بك والمطالبة المنح الخاصة بك بالطريقة نفسها كما تفعل أعمالك. سيتم عرض المصدر على هيئة أوبر ريسيرش.

٥. قم بتوصيل ملفات التعريف الحالية بسجل أوركيد الخاص بك. هل لديك بالفعل ملف تعريف ريسرشرأي د أو معرف سكوبس؟ ماذا عن كودس أو لووب أو مندلاي أو بوبلون؟ لقد مكنتك هذه الأنظمة وغيرها من الباحثين من توصيل المعلومات منها بسجل أوركيد الخاص بك. كل منها يعمل بشكل مختلف بعض الشيء ، ولكن في جميع الحالات ، سيتاح لك خيار ربط  معرف أوركيد بملفك الشخصي ويطلب منك منح إذن لتحديث سجل أوركيد الخاص بك. لا حاجة لإعادة نفس البيانات! قد تجد أن الأعمال نفسها تتم إضافتها إلى سجل أوركيد الخاص بك عدة مرات ؛ إذا كان الأمر كذلك ، فسنعمل على تجميعها تلقائيًا عن طريق المعرف. إذا لم يكن هناك معرف ، فيمكنك اختيار تجميعها يدويًا إذا كنت ترغب في ذلك.

٦. قم بربط  معرف أوركيد الخاص بك مع مؤسستك لتسجيل الدخول بيانات الاعتماد. وفر وقتك وخفّض خطر فقدان الوصول إلى حسابك في أوركيد عن طريق ربط  معرف أوركيد الخاص بك بتسجيل الدخول المؤسسي الخاص بك. يمكنك أيضًا الاتصال بحسابك على فايسبوك و / أو ڤوڤل. وهذا يعني كلمة مرور واحدة يجب تذكرها وتضمن أيضًا أن لديك أكثر من طريقة للوصول إلى حساب أوركيد الخاص بك. اعرف المزيد هنا.

المزيد من الأنظمة تتصل بـأوركيد كل أسبوع. ابحث عن رمز  معرف أوركيد الأخضر في أنظمة البحث التي تستخدمها.

فريق أوركيد.


Technology + Engagement = Infrastructure Sustainability

Tue, 24 Jul 2018 - 13:47 UTC

As a community organization, the financial support of our members is critical for our sustainability. In addition, to deliver on our mission, we also need to ensure that ORCID iDs are fully embedded in the global research ecosystem: that iDs are widely adopted by researchers and they can use their iD in all of their research workflows. This requires organizations -- non-members and, in particular, members -- to implement ORCID technology according to best practices. It also requires all organizations to encourage the use of ORCID in their own communities through engagement and outreach.

In Spreading the ORCID Word: Helping You Help Us, we looked at how we are supporting your engagement and outreach efforts. Today, we are focusing on ORCID technology, a critical element if we are to  achieve our shared vision, of a world where all who participate in research, scholarship, and innovation are uniquely identified and connected with their contributions and affiliations across disciplines, borders, and time.   

We recognize that, even for large organizations, having access to the technology resources needed to integrate ORCID can be challenging. For smaller organizations it’s even more difficult.  This is a non-trivial issue, and one that we embrace on a daily basis, in every team, in every region. How, then, can we make progress? We are taking a three-pronged approach to supporting the ORCID community as you work to integrate iDs in your systems and workflows.

  1. Regional Approach. We are committed to supporting our community where you are. To this end, early on we created three regional teams to serve and build communities in the Americas; Europe, Middle East, and Africa; and Asia-Pacific. These teams provide in situ technology and community support, and are also responsible for regional engagement: establishing and supporting regional partnerships, member integrations, and user adoption.
  2. Consortia Approach. To scale globally, while also respecting local research practice and policies, we worke with our now 18 ORCID consortia to foster communities, common purpose, and collaborative action on digital transformation policies. Each consortium is responsible for supporting their own community, typically through one or more full- or part-time community managers, who we train and work closely with, to ensure best practices are applied in the consortia. In turn they serve as critical communication channels, enabling us to better understand -- and meet -- their community’s needs.
  3. Partner Approach. To make it easier for the community to adopt and implement ORCID, we are working increasingly closely with technology companies to embed ORCID in their products and services, which are used by many of our members. Our Collect and Connect program clearly indicates which of these products and services meet our best practices, which in turn reduces implementation barriers for our members. It also enables us to highlight exemplar partner integrations to demonstrate the impact of adoption.   
Members as Partners in the ORCID Mission

To achieve our mission, we need to partner with our members on the responsible -- and responsive - use of ORCID APIs and communication resources.  Integration goals for each community sector - publishers, employers, and funders -- are articulated in the ORCID Collect & Connect program, providing our regional teams and our members a solid foundation to build upon. But to be successful, we also need to take the time to understand our members’ individual goals, and to work with them on an implementation action plan they can follow to achieve their goals for integrating ORCID.

This includes:

  • Understanding. The member understands the technology requirements for effective use of ORCID, and has developed an implementation action plan
  • Implementation. The member has implemented ORCID in one or more research workflows that meet the Collect & Connect program guidelines
  • Benefit. The member is able to measure benefit of ORCID implementation
Which Community Actions are Mission Critical?

Researchers, research systems, and especially members, each have a role to play in helping ORCID -- and our community -- to be successful,:

  • Researchers need to register for, use, and share your iD when prompted or required to do so
  • Research systems should collect and display authenticated IDs (and other publicly available information from ORCID records)
  • Members must support and implement ORCID following Collect and Connect best practices, including updating ORCID records with iD-ID connections, and clearly identifying the source metadata: item source, assertion source, record source. Each sector has a specific role to play, with information they can specifically provide to support the open sharing of trusted research information: affiliation information (typically shared by employers), authored contributions (publishers), and award/grant information (funders).
Measuring Progress toward our Mission

How can we track progress toward achieving our mission?  As of today, we have over five million users, and more than 900 members with 580 integrations. To maximize the value of these integrations for members, users, and the wider community, we need to make sure that researchers can use their iD to make connections with their affiliations and contributions, and that members are enabling the collection of iDs and the creation and sharing of trusted connections.  These are some of the questions we ask to measure our progress:

  • Are our members integrating? Total number of members and members with at least one Collect and Connect badge
  • Are our members collecting iDs the right way? Number of member systems collecting authenticated iDs; total and by sector and region
  • Are our members creating and sharing connections? Number of members adding iD-ID connections to ORCID records, and total count of connections 
  • Are researchers using these integrations? As well as the overall statistics we share on our website weekly and in our annual report, we also monitor activity by integration (shared with individual members in regular reports) and by type of record item (affiliations, works, peer review, resources)


In addition to these quantitative measures, we also survey our members and users; and we listen, listen, listen to what you have to say - in webinars, regional meetings, other events, and in a variety of information channels.   Let us know how we are doing!  



Spreading the ORCID Word: Helping You Help Us

Sat, 07 Jul 2018 - 11:18 UTC

This week we are delighted to welcome our five millionth ORCID registrant, a researcher in Hungary -- an important and exciting milestone to reach less than six years after our October 2012 launch! We appreciate your help in keeping these numbers growing, to benefit researchers, your organization, and the wider research community.


Ensuring that researchers don’t just register for an iD, but that they also use and share it, is critical to achieving our vision. So we are equally excited to announce that we have also recently reached -- or are about to reach* -- a number of other key milestones:

  • 30 million works connected to ORCID record
  • 20 million works added to records by members
  • 2 million records with at least one external ID
  • 1.5 million records with at least one education item
  • 1 million:
    • works auto-updated in ORCID records by Crossref
    • records with at least one work
    • records with at least one employment item
    • person identifiers on ORCID records
    • keywords on ORCID records
  • 500k records with at least one funding item
  • 350k records with at least one other name
  • 125k researchers using social or institutional sign in
  • 500 systems where researchers can use their iD
  • 250 countries where researchers are using ORCID
Engaging researchers

Integrating ORCID into your organization’s research information system(s) is, of course, an essential part of this. But so, too, is encouraging your researchers to use their iD to connect information to their record, including giving permission to trusted organizations (ORCID members) to read and update their record. This ensures that researcher consent is respected and saves everyone time and hassle, helping to achieve the ORCID mantras of researcher control and enter once, reuse often.

While we interact directly with researchers ourselves, we also rely on our member organizations and other ORCID supporters to help. We know this is a big ask, and that’s why we’ve created all sorts of useful outreach resources.

We also love to share examples of successful ORCID outreach campaigns. Today, we are delighted to feature some great examples from our most recent communication webinars (you can access the full recordings here: Middle East/Africa/Europe/Americas and Asia-Pacific).

Example 1: Consortia resources

Several ORCID consortia have put together their own set of localized ORCID resources. Although these are primarily intended for consortium members, they are well worth a look as a great source of inspiration!

  • The Royal Society Te Aparangi, which leads the New Zealand consortium, hosts a sharespace of information, resources, example outreach plans and strategy, templates, and more. They’ve also made available sample email communications templates in the user guide for the ORCID NZ Hub, and a Welcome to the NZ ORCID Consortium booklet which gives an overview of resources and how to plan a communications strategy around ORCID.
  • The ORCID Germany consortium has set up a hub for their members, with German-language translations of ORCID outreach resources, a plan for setting up your institution’s ORCID information pages, and example user communications from the region.
  • The ORCID Australia consortium has a comprehensive set of resources, including these communication and outreach materials and examples.
Example 2: Custom videos

A number of ORCID members have created their own videos, to walk researchers through how and why to use their iD in the organization’s system(s). Three great examples:

Example 3: ORCID at Otago

Otago University is a great example of a university using our template communications campaign to develop their own outreach plan, including emails from the Deputy Vice Chancellor of  Research & Enterprise, as well as Subject Librarians; the creation of an ORCID at Otago webpage; videos; a competition; giveaways (pens and bookmarks); and pop-up information stalls and posters around the university

More great examples of community outreach campaigns are featured in Six Examples of Creative Promotion of ORCID by Libraries.

Share what you are doing

We greatly appreciate the individuals and organizations who help us to share our vision. If you’ve implemented a successful ORCID outreach campaign, please let us know! We’d love to feature it here on the ORCID blog, on social media, on our website, in presentations, or in a future communications webinar.

Thank you!

*Numbers in italics have not yet been reached. We expect to reach them in the next few weeks.


Last Call for 2019 ORCID Board Recommendations

Thu, 28 Jun 2018 - 00:00 UTC

The ORCID community is growing and diversifying in exciting ways, and we want the Board to reflect these dynamics.

The Nominating Committee, which I have the pleasure of chairing this year, will soon be drawing up a slate of new Board members for based on member recommendations. We will take into account sector, region, skills, and non-profit status requirements, to ensure a balanced representation of Board members, as established in the ORCID bylaws. The Board is also looking for individuals who can bring a mix of skills to the organization - technical, financial, non-profit management, research office, data protection, library, data protection/privacy, and more.

Do you or someone you know at an ORCID member organization meet these requirements? Are you passionate about improving the research infrastructure by helping us achieve our vision of a world where all who participate in research, scholarship, and innovation are uniquely identified and connected with their works and affiliations across disciplines, borders, and time? Do you want to get involved with our thriving young global organization?

If so, please be sure to complete this nomination form by close of business on August 1.

More information about the Nominating Committee, the timetable and process, and Board member responsibilities can be found on our About Board Elections page. You’re also welcome to contact us directly with any questions.

We look forward to hearing from you!


ORCID in Publishing: A Conversation

Tue, 19 Jun 2018 - 00:00 UTC

As we described in an earlier post, one of our projects this year is to reduce the data entry effort for researchers as they interact with information systems - such as when submitting a paper or applying for funding.  We are focusing our work in specific communities, in particular funders and publishers. 

  Kicking off the conversation

Publishing - whether in print or in a conference presentation - is how research findings are disseminated. The publishing community was an early supporter of ORCID: publishers were among the first to incorporate ORCID iDs into their workflows, and they have also played a leadership role in developing best practices for doing so.

We are deepening our engagement with the publishing community through working groups -- including, most recently, one on User Facilities and Publications -- and in-person workshops, such as our recent in-person breakfast meeting at the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) conference in Chicago, which was attended by representatives from over 30 publishers, associations, and service providers. We reviewed how ORCID is incorporated into existing publishing workflows, and also explored how the ORCID Registry and services can enable new workflows, for example, to enable authors to easily connect publications to the funding and research resources that help make the research possible.

Just as a key component of our ORBIT program is working with funders to help them reduce researcher burden in applying for and reporting on grants, so the ORCID for Research Resources effort is enabling researchers to easily share information about the research facilities, collections, and equipment they have used to do their research. Sharing this information via ORCID allows funders and resources a measure of control over how their grant is cited, and it also means that researchers can easily share these citations as they submit manuscripts.  At the SSP meeting, we discussed with publishers how to not just collect an ORCID iD from an author, but also to use the ORCID APIs to present data from an author’s ORCID record, and allow the author to select which funding, affiliation, and/or resources are relevant to the paper. These citations would be stored in the paper as additional metadata, and would be available to support seamless, “hands off” post-award reporting, thereby significantly reducing reporting burdens for researchers.

How you can get involved

It will take a community to make this vision a reality! The SSP breakfast meeting was just a start, and we invite everyone who is interested in building these workflows to join an ORCID user group for publishing and publishing services organizations.  We will be launching this group at a webinar on 28 June,  where you can learn more about ORCID in publishing workflows. If you are interested in learning more, but unable to attend, please register anyway -- we will share a recording of the webinar with you and keep you directly informed about future updates.

ORCID in publishing: establishing a user group

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Brasil na liderança da pesquisa aberta

Thu, 14 Jun 2018 - 15:18 UTC

Este post foi escrito em co-autoria com Laure Haak, Diretora Executiva da ORCID

A pesquisa brasileira está se tornando mais visível internacionalmente. O número de artigos publicados aumentou substancialmente, com um crescimento médio de 10,7% ao ano, taxa cinco vezes superior à média mundial, levando o país para o top 15 em termos de produtividade em pesquisa. Grande parte desse crescimento pode ser atribuído a políticas e programas governamentais inovadores, que apoiam tanto projetos de pesquisa, quanto a infraestrutura de informação necessária para a colaboração e a disseminação de resultados. Neste artigo descrevemos o lançamento do Consórcio Brasileiro ORCID no contexto da liderança brasileira em pesquisa aberta.

O Consórcio Brasileiro ORCID      

Entre as organizações responsáveis ​​pelo apoio ao crescimento da pesquisa brasileira e sua visibilidade internacional estão os membros fundadores e organizações líderes do Consórcio Brasileiro ORCID, oficialmente lançado em maio, na CAPES: Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior - CAPES, Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico - CNPq, Conselho Nacional das Fundações Estaduais de Amparo à Pesquisa - CONFAP, Instituto Brasileiro de Informação em Ciência e Tecnologia - IBICT, Scientific Electronic Library Online - SciELO e Rede Nacional de Ensino e Pesquisa - RNP. Os eslides do evento de lançamento estão disponíveis na página da CAPES.

Iniciativas-chave brasileiras

As organizações no Consórcio ORCID estão todas liderando iniciativas-chave em informação, incluindo:

  • Plataformas SciELO e Portal de Periódicos Cape. Nos últimos 15 anos, a comunidade científica brasileira tem acesso à melhor informação científica disponível no Brasil e no mundo, da maneira mais ampla e aberta. Em um país com dimensões continentais e grandes desigualdades, esse amplo acesso ao texto completo é fundamental para a produção de pesquisas de alta qualidade.
  • Plataforma Lattes do CNPq. Este foi o primeiro sistema nacional de perfis de pesquisadores, sobre o qual muitos outros foram modelados internacionalmente. Ter um perfil nessa plataforma é obrigatório para todo pesquisador solicitando um subsídio, tornando este banco de dados extremamente completo e uma ferramenta eficaz de colaboração e avaliação.
  • Plataforma Sucupira da CAPES. Os Programas de Pós-Graduação desempenham um papel central na produção de pesquisas de alta qualidade no Brasil. A CAPES avalia esses Programas a cada quatro anos por meio de um sistema muito completo de avaliação, incluindo a ferramenta Sucupira, que recebe contribuições dos currículos Lattes do pesquisador.
  • Avaliação Qualis da CAPES e Diretrizes do SciELO. Essas duas iniciativas visam melhorar a qualidade dos periódicos brasileiros, através da orientação aos Editores na implementação de melhores práticas e processos de profissionalização, de acordo com padrões internacionais e de ética na publicação científica. Eles também apoiam a avaliação e indexação de periódicos científicos.
  • Programa CAPES Ciência sem Fronteiras. A mobilidade e colaboração dos pesquisadores é um fator-chave da pesquisa produzida em todos os países. Esse programa da CAPES possibilitou que a ciência brasileira fosse mais visível do que nunca nos últimos anos. Não só cientistas brasileiros viajaram para outros países graças ao Programa, mas o Brasil tornou-se mais atraente para pesquisadores estrangeiros, e os resultados dessas colaborações poderão ser vistos nas publicações em co-autoria nos próximos anos.
  • RNP CAFe. Pesquisadores são formados e treinados em instituições acadêmicas. A CAFe fornece um sistema nacional de gerenciamento de identidade para instituições de ensino e pesquisa, para que os pesquisadores possam acessar os serviços de sua instituição e de outras organizações participantes de onde quer que estejam. Serviços de ensino à distância, acesso a publicações científicas e atividades colaborativas estão entre os maiores beneficiários da infraestrutura oferecida pelas federações.
Infraestrutura tecnológica

Subjacente a essas políticas e programas está uma infraestrutura tecnológica que dá suporte ao compartilhamento de informações entre sistemas. A CAFe é um exemplo muito claro dessa infraestrutura, permitindo que os usuários acessem informações em vários sites de universidades e institutos de pesquisa com um único nome de usuário e senha. Outro exemplo é o uso de Identificadores de Objetos Digitais (DOIs) na plataforma de publicação SciELO, que permite a fácil resolução do artigo científico, além de garantir a persistência do documento. Mais recentemente, pesquisadores brasileiros também vêm adotando o uso da ORCID, um identificador aberto para indivíduos envolvidos em pesquisa. Mais de 100.000 pesquisadores brasileiros se registraram para uma ORCID iD, e o país possui o sexto maior uso do Registro ORCID, globalmente.

Objetivo internacional

Essas mesmas organizações que apoiaram o surgimento da pesquisa brasileira no cenário global, novamente têm a oportunidade de desempenhar um papel de liderança em pesquisa aberta, desta vez incluindo as IDs ORCID nas infraestruturas de informações de pesquisa nacionais. Agora é possível que os pesquisadores combinem suas ORCID iD com suas credenciais de login da CAFe; e a Unesp, Unicamp e USP iniciaram projetos para integrar as IDs ORCID com sistemas de diretórios universitários - medidas para permitir que universidades compartilhem informações de afiliação para que os pesquisadores possam usar ao submeter um trabalho ou ao pedir subsídio. O SciELO começou a coletar IDs ORCID dos autores usando sua plataforma de publicação, e mais de sessenta revistas brasileiras estão solicitando IDs ORCID dos autores que submetem trabalhos através do SciELO. O CNPq está avaliando como usar a ORCID em seu sistema de CV Lattes. E a CAPES está pensando em como usar a ORCID, incluindo o uso em seus programas internacionais.

A integração da ORCID nos sistemas-chave de publicação, financiamento e de perfis das organizações de ensino e pesquisa brasileiros apoiará os objetivos de pesquisa aberta em escala nacional. Uma abordagem nacional da ORCID oferece outra oportunidade para o Brasil ser líder no cenário mundial, expandindo a adoção nacional da ORCID em todos os setores da comunidade de pesquisa que, até o momento, envolvia principalmente organizações de pesquisa. Uma abordagem intersetorial coordenada permitirá a interoperabilidade e o compartilhamento de dados em sistemas de informações de pesquisa, melhorando a qualidade dos dados, a possibilidade de serem acessados em escala nacional, e reduzindo a carga de pesquisadores e administradores no gerenciamento de currículos e relatórios de resultados de pesquisa.

Nesse cenário, os pesquisadores brasileiros poderão compartilhar sua ID com sua organização de afiliação (via CAFe) e receber, por sua vez, uma prova eletrônica de afiliação a essa organização (através do diretório da organização), juntamente com o nome e o identificador da organização (OID). Os pesquisadores podem usar essas informações (pessoa/ORCID + afiliação/OID) ao submeter um artigo (via SciELO ou muitas outras plataformas de publicação); e quando o artigo for publicado, receber uma declaração eletrônica de autoria (pessoa/ORCID + documento/DOI + editor/OID), que pode ser facilmente compartilhada com a instituição de origem ou a agência financiadora do pesquisador por meio de uma API. Da mesma forma, o pesquisador pode compartilhar suas informações eletrônicas quando submeter um pedido de subsídio (via CNPq/CAPES), e quando o subsídio for concedido, receber uma declaração eletrônica (pessoa/ORCID + bolsa/DOI + financiadora/OID). Quando um pesquisador interage com sistemas de informações de pesquisa confiáveis, ele tanto inclui verificação nessa conexão quanto reduz o trabalho necessário para que os pesquisadores gerenciem suas informações. Enquanto isso, os pesquisadores controlam quando usam seu ORCID iD e com quem compartilham suas informações.

O que vem por aí?

Seguindo o lançamento do Consórcio brasileiro ORCID, estamos ansiosos para trabalhar com a comunidade de pesquisa brasileira para ajudar a tornar essa visão uma realidade. Parte desse esforço será de garantir que as necessidades da comunidade sejam entendidas, e que os serviços da ORCID sejam usados ​​seguindo as melhores práticas. Algumas organizações - incluindo Unesp, Unicamp, USP, SciELO e Fiocruz já começaram. E há um apoio claro de todos os setores para aumentar a adoção e uso da ORCID no Brasil, como mostram estes comentários de participantes do lançamento:

“Nosso objetivo é mudar a realidade de falta de integração e replicação de informações, e ter sistemas que operem de forma integrada, com o uso de identificadores padrão, diminuindo o trabalho manual e aumentando a qualidade dos dados. No que diz respeito à CAPES, a adoção da ORCID nos sistemas de informação será um ganho importante em agilidade e qualidade. Pretendemos que isso se dê principalmente na Plataforma Sucupira, que registra dados de programas de pós-graduação, em sistemas de concessão de bolsas e fomento e nos sistemas de editais de projetos internacionais. Contudo, isso não representa todo o ‘ecossistema’ de informações em pesquisa. Entendemos ser fundamental a participação de outros atores que detêm informações pertinentes à completude do universo da pesquisa no Brasil. Por isso, a proposta do consórcio.” Talita Moreira, Coordenadora-geral de Atividades de Apoio à Pós-Graduação, Diretoria de Avaliação, Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior, CAPES

“Em minha opinião, o Brasil precisa urgentemente criar mecanismos de maior e melhor conexão com o mundo via processo de internacionalização do seu ensino superior, C,T&I e o meio mais fácil é a integração de bases. A ORCID será um dos mais importantes instrumentos nesse sentido.” Geraldo Nunes Sobrinho, Diretor de Programas e Bolsas no País, Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior, CAPES

“O evento representou uma oportunidade para fortalecer o consórcio de agências nacionais que buscam intensificar a integração de bases de dados. A utilização do ORCID, nesse sentido, é ao mesmo tempo um desafio e um catalisador para a pretendida integração.” José Ricardo de Santana, Diretor de Cooperação Institucional, Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico, CNPq

“A perspectiva de adoção generalizada do ORCID pelos pesquisadores do Brasil contribuirá para maior controle e visibilidade das pesquisas com ganhos para os pesquisadores, instituições e o para o Brasil como um todo. Para os periódicos haverá um aperfeiçoamento do controle de qualidade.” Abel Packer, Diretor do Scientific Library Online, SciELO Brasil

“A iniciativa de aproximação da ORCID, por meio de um consórcio, das principais agências brasileiras de ensino, pesquisa e desenvolvimento tecnológico evidencia a maneira como a informação e o acesso a ela deve ser tratado. Estes grandes bancos de dados contendo dados de pesquisadores, suas áreas de atuação, recursos recebidos, publicações, entre outras, representam um patrimônio nacional, o qual deve ser gerido de maneira adequada, para se evitar fraudes e ações anti-éticas, bem como garantir um acesso rápido e seguro, evitando-se retrabalho na hora de preencher enormes formulários. Acreditamos que a ABEC tem o dever de ajudar a construir esta maneira de tratar a informação em nosso século e a ORCID vem para nos dar esta garantia de uniformidade global, aliada à segurança destes dados.” Rui Seabra, Presidente da Associação Brasileira de Editores Científicos, ABEC

“O Consórcio Brasileiro ORCID, além de dar visibilidade internacional à pesquisa, promete efetivar a integração de sistemas de informação acadêmica e científica, iniciativa tão aguardada pelos pesquisadores brasileiros.” Elisabeth Adriana Dudziak, Sistema Integrado de Bibliotecas - DT/SIBi, Universidade de São Paulo, USP

“O evento sobre o Consórcio ORCID foi um sucesso e agregou bastante conhecimento, sobretudo, para para nós, profissionais da informação. O Consórcio será um ganho pesquisa brasileira!” Fabiana de Oliveira Silva, Diretora do Sistema de Bibliotecas, Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, UFU

Mais informação: Fotografias
  1. Agentes chave da ciência brasileira são membros fundadores do consórcio e participaram do evento: CAPES, CNPq, IBICT, CONFAP, SCIELO e RNP (Foto: Haydée Vieira - CCS/CAPES)
  2. Ana Heredia e Talita Moreira, da ORCID e da CAPES, respectivamente (Foto: Laure Haak - ORCID)



Brazilian Leadership in Open Research

Wed, 13 Jun 2018 - 15:20 UTC

This post was co-authored with Laure Haak, ORCID's Executive Director

Brazilian research is becoming more visible internationally. The number of articles published has increased substantially, with an average growth of 10.7 % per year, a rate five times higher than the world average, moving the country into the top 15 in terms of research productivity. Much of this growth can be traced to progressive government policies and programs that support both research projects and the information infrastructure needed for collaboration and dissemination of results.  

In this post, we describe the launch of the ORCID Brazil consortium in the context of Brazilian leadership in open research.

ORCID Brazil Consortium

Among the organizations responsible for supporting the growth of Brazilian research and its international visibility are several of the founder members of the ORCID Brazil consortium as well as the consortium lead organization (RNP). The Brazil consortium officially launched in May, at an event hosted by CAPES.  Slides from the launch event are available on the CAPES page.

  • CAPES (Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel) - a funding agency under the Ministry of Education and plays a fundamental role in the evaluation of stricto sensu (master's and doctorate) postgraduate courses. CAPES also invests in the formation of high-level resources in the country and abroad, as well as the promotion of international scientific cooperation.
  • CNPq (National Council for Scientific and Technological Development) - a funding agency under the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communication. It manages the national Lattes Platform, which integrates CV, Research Groups and Institutions databases in a unique information system. The Lattes Platform comprises over 3.5M curriculum vitae as it is mandatory for all researchers applying for a grant at the national and regional funding agencies.
  • CONFAP (Brazilian National Council for the State Funding Agencies) - a non-profit organization articulating the interests of the twenty-six Brazilian state funding agencies.
  • IBICT (Brazilian Institute Science and Technology Information) - an organization under the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communication, responsible for providing curated, organized and validated information on science and technology at the national level. IBICT promotes the development of resources and infrastructure for the production, share and integration of scientific and technological knowledge, and has two experiences on systems interoperability: the Brazilian Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations and the Brazilian Portal of Scientific Open Access Publications.
  • SciELO (Scientific Electronic Library Online) - a bibliographic database, digital library, and cooperative electronic publishing model of open access journals. SciELO Brasil currently indexes 289 scientific journals across all research areas.
  • RNP (National Research and Educational Network) - the consortium lead organization. RNP’s primary responsibility is to promote technological development, creating innovative services and projects and training professionals by providing advanced network infrastructure that facilitates collaborative research. RNP is linked to the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovations and Communications and maintained by them, together with the Ministries of Education, Culture, Health, and Defense.
Key Brazilian initiatives

The organizations in the ORCID consortium are all leading key research information initiatives, including:

  • SciELO and Capes Portal de Periódicos Platforms. For the last 15 years, the Brazilian research community has been provided access to the best scientific information available in the world, in the most wide and open way. In a country with continental dimensions and big inequalities, this wide access to full-text is key to the production of high-quality research.
  • CNPq Lattes Platform. This was the first national researcher profile system, upon which many others have been modelled internationally. Having a profile in this platform is mandatory for each researcher applying for a CNPq grant, making this database extremely complete and an effective collaboration and evaluation tool.
  • CAPES Sucupira Platform. The Post-Graduation Programs play a central role in the production of high-quality research in Brazil. CAPES evaluates these Programs every three years through a very complete system of evaluation, including the Sucupira tool, which receives input from the individual researcher’s Lattes CV.
  • CAPES Qualis Evaluation and SciELO Guidelines. These two initiatives aim at improving the quality of Brazilian research journals, through guiding editors in implementing best practices and professionalizing processes, according to international standards and ethics in scientific publishing. They also support the evaluation and indexing of research journals.
  • CAPES Science Without Borders Program. Researcher mobility and collaboration is a key factor of the research produced in every country. This CAPES Program increased the visibility of Brazilian science in recent years. Not only did Brazilian scientists travel to other countries because of this Program, but Brazil also became more attractive for foreign researchers; the results of these collaborations are to be seen in the next years’ co-authored publications.
  • RNP CAFe. Researchers are educated and trained at academic institutions.  CAFe provides a national identity management system for education and research institutions, so that researchers can access the services of their institution and other participating organizations from wherever they are.  Distance learning services, access to scientific publications and collaborative activities are among the biggest beneficiaries of the infrastructure offered by federations.
Technology infrastructure

Underlying these policies and programs is a technology infrastructure that supports sharing of information between systems. CAFe is one very clear example of this infrastructure, allowing users to access information across multiple university and research institute sites with a single username and password.  Another example is the use of Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) in the SciELO publishing platform, which allows easy resolution of the journal article while also supporting persistence of the document. More recently, Brazilian researchers have also been adopting the use of ORCID. Over 100,000 Brazilian researchers have registered for an ORCID iD, and the country enjoys the sixth highest usage of the ORCID Registry, globally.

International scope

Those same organizations that have supported the emergence of Brazilian research on the global stage, again have the opportunity to play a leadership role in open research, this time by leveraging ORCID across national research information infrastructures. It is now possible for researchers to pair their ORCID iD with their CAFe login credentials. Unesp, Unicamp, and USP have started projects to integrate ORCID into their directory systems - steps toward enabling these universities to share employment affiliation information that researchers can use when submitting a paper or grant. SciELO have started to collect ORCID iDs for authors using their publishing platform, and more than 60 Brazilian journals are requiring ORCID iDs from authors submitting papers through SciELO.  CNPq is assessing how to use ORCID in its Lattes CV system; and CAPES is considering how to use ORCID, including use in its international programs.

Integrating ORCID into key Brazilian publishing, funding, and employer systems, will support national-scale open research objectives. A national approach to ORCID provides another opportunity for Brazil to lead on the world stage, extending national ORCID adoption across sectors of the research community from one that has to date largely involved research universities. A coordinated cross-sector approach would  enable interoperability and data sharing across research information systems, improving discoverability on a national scale, improving data quality and reducing the burden on researchers and administrators alike for managing CVs and reporting research outcomes.

In this scenario, Brazilian researchers will be able to share their iD with their home organization (via CAFe), and receive in return an electronic statement of affiliation with that organization (via the organization directory), along with the organization's name and identifier (OID). Researchers may use that information (person/ORCID + affiliation/OID) when submitting a paper (via SciELO or many other publishing platforms); and when the paper is published receive an electronic statement of authorship (person/ORCID + paper/DOI + publisher/OID), which can be easily shared with the researcher’s home institution or funder via an API. Similarly, the researcher can share their electronic information when they submit a grant (via CNPq/CAPES), and when the grant is awarded receive an electronic statement of award (person/ORCID + grant/DOI + funder/OID)  Because the connections are made as a researcher interacts with trusted research information systems, it both imbues verification into the connection and reduces the work needed for researchers to manage their information. All the while, researchers control when they use their ORCID iD and with whom they share their information.

What is next?

Following the launch of the ORCID Brazil consortium, we look forward to working with the Brazilian research community to help make this vision a reality. Part of this effort will be to ensure community needs are understood, and that ORCID services are used following best practices. Some organizations - including Unesp, Unicamp, USP, Fiocruz, and SciELO have already begun. And there is clear support from all sectors for increasing the adoption and use of ORCID in Brazil, as shown in these comments from attendees at the launch:

"Our goal is to change the reality of replication of information, and to have systems operating in an integrated way, using standard identifiers, reducing manual input and improving data quality. With regard to CAPES, the adoption of ORCID in information systems will be an important gain in agility and quality. We intend this to happen mainly in the Sucupira Platform, which records data from postgraduate programs, in grant systems, and in international project bidding systems. However, this does not represent the entire 'ecosystem' of research information. We believe that the participation of other actors who hold information relevant to the completeness of the research universe in Brazil is fundamental. Therefore, the proposal of the consortium." Talita Moreira, General Coordinator of Post-Graduate Activities, Evaluation Office, Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior, CAPES

“In my opinion, Brazil urgently needs to create mechanisms of greater and better connection with the world through the process of internationalization of its higher education. The easiest means of doing so is through database interoperability.  ORCID is one of the most important instruments in this sense.” Geraldo Nunes Sobrinho, Director of Programs and Scholarships, Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior, CAPES

“The event represented an opportunity to strengthen the consortium of national agencies, aiming at increasing research information database interoperability. The use of ORCID, in this sense, is both a challenge and a catalyst.” José Ricardo de Santana, Director of Institutional Cooperation, Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico, CNPq

“The adoption of ORCID by Brazilian researchers will contribute to greater control and visibility of research and to quality control for journals. This would be a gain for researchers, institutions and for Brazil as a whole.” Abel Packer, Director of Scientific Library Online, SciELO Brasil

“The ORCID initiative, through a consortium approach of the main Brazilian agencies for education, research and technological development, highlights the way in which research information must be addressed, through ethical management of access and by  avoiding data re-entry when filling huge forms. We believe that the Brazilian Association of Scientific Editors (ABEC) has a duty to help build this way of handling information in our century. ORCID comes to give us this guarantee of global interoperability coupled with the security of this data.” Rui Seabra, President of Brazilian Scientific Editors Association - ABEC

“The ORCID Brazilian Consortium, besides giving international visibility to research, promises to affect the interoperability of academic and scientific information systems, an initiative so awaited by Brazilian researchers.” Elisabeth Adriana Dudziak, Sistema Integrado de Bibliotecas - DT/SIBi, Universidade de São Paulo, USP

“The ORCID Consortium event was a success, especially for information professionals. The Consortium will be a gain for Brazilian research!” Fabiana de Oliveira Silva, Director of Library Systems, Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, UFU

Additional information:


  1. Key Brazilian science agents are funder members of the consortium and participated in the event: CAPES, CNPq, IBICT, CONFAP, SCIELO and RNP (Photo: Haydée Vieira - CCS/CAPES)
  2. Ana Heredia and Talita Moreira, from ORCID and CAPES, respectively (Photo: Laure Haak - ORCID)