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What’s New at ORCID? A Joint Library Carpentries/ORCID Webinar!

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 - 15:00 UTC

This post was co-authored by Chris Erdmann, Library Carpentry Community & Development Director and Alice Meadows, ORCID's Director of Communications 

We are delighted to announce that Library Carpentries and ORCID are co-hosting a webinar on What’s New at ORCID. Registration is free -- just add your name here -- and there will be plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion.

This webinar, at 10am ET on Thursday, May 16, will focus on ORCID’s new API v3.0, launching in May, which includes some valuable new features for researchers, their organizations, and the wider community alike:

  • New affiliation types. Enabling researchers to be recognized for more of their contributions:
    • Qualifications, such as continuing medical education and other certifications
    • Membership of an association, society, or other organization
    • Service, for example serving on a Board, as a reviewer, or other volunteer activity
    • Invited positions, such as a visiting fellowship
    • Distinctions, including prizes and awards
  • Research resources. To connect information about the use of facilities and equipment, special collections, and other resources to ORCID records
  • Schema changes. To ensure everyone can see the source of information on ORCID records

We’re especially pleased that we will be joined by some special guests from the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), an ORCID member organization and early adopter of our API 3.0. Their Deputy for User Services, Terry J Law, and her colleagues Nathan Tenney (Developer) and Courtney Carpenter (Data Analyst) will share their experience of implementing the new API, including adding information about EMSL’s resources to their researchers’ records (see example below).

We warmly invite anyone who’s interested in learning more about ORCID’s new API v3.0 to join us on May 16!


Spend a Day with the ORCID Team!

Fri, 12 Apr 2019 - 15:54 UTC

Researchers are at the heart of all we do at ORCID and never more so than this year -- 2019 is our Year of the Researcher. We are focusing on increasing our understanding and more fully meeting the needs of our user community. And what better way of doing that than engaging directly with as many researchers as we can!?

We’re starting today at the National Postdoctoral Association meeting in Orlando, FL, where we will be talking to attendees about their use and experiences of ORCID. If you’re there, please be sure to stop by Table 4 and meet our Americas Engagement Team Lead, Ana Patricia Cardoso and our new User Experience Designer, Mallory Robertson.

We are also excited to be launching a competition to win a day with the ORCID team at our staff retreat in Sedona, AZ in October. We invite all researchers, anywhere in the world, and at any stage of your career, to tell us what you think of ORCID and why we should choose you to join us there.

We'll pay travel expenses of up to US$2,500, plus two nights stay at the hotel where we’re meeting. You'll get to spend a whole day with our awesome team! We'll review all complete entries* received by May 10, 2019, and the winner will be announced in mid June.

So, what are you waiting for? Tell us why you should be the lucky one of our six million plus users to join us in Arizona! We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

*Please note that we are only able to consider entries in English.

  Photo:  Wikimedia Blog

ORCID + Apograf

Thu, 28 Mar 2019 - 17:10 UTC

Apograf is an interactive platform that houses an extensive and continually updated collection of technical publications. Our vision is to provide a high-quality, secure, and transparent source of scientific papers — an alternative to the traditional publication and distribution models of scientific scholarship.  Given this vision, becoming an ORCID member was an easy decision with so many tangible benefits for our users — name disambiguation, interoperability, and the time-saving benefits of a single identifier for researchers to use throughout their career.

Our platform allows researchers and academics access to a rich collection of scientific publications, via a searchable database of content compliant with research funders’ Open Access policies. It includes original publications and also pulls from thousands of unique online content hosting locations, including OA journals, hybrid journals, institutional repositories, and disciplinary repositories. For any paywalled content, enriched metadata and links are provided to a user so they can purchase access, should they so choose.

Apograf allows users the ability to filter articles, and design their own feeds, including subscriptions to a handful of curated newsletters or preset filters. There’s also functionality built into the platform that allows users to create and share personalised collections as seen below.


Apograf is designed to give contributors more recognition and to incentivise peer review. So we use the ORCID member API to collect and display authenticated iDs, to improve recognition and discoverability of research outputs, and to enable interoperability with other systems (iDs work with many institutions, funders, and publishers). The beauty of the ORCID iD for Apograf is its persistence, as it can be used for the entirety of a researcher’s career.


Currently, an ORCID iD is required to upload a paper to Apograf or to conduct a peer review. Existing peer review peer can be a slow process and, because it’s often done by poorly incentivised, busy people it can also be inconsistent, unreliable, biased. Most reviewers are themselves scientists or researchers who could be spending their time doing original research or myriad other things.

With an upcoming blockchain integration, Apograf will offer improved peer review functionality. The introduction of tokens, along with a gamified leader-board style system, will give researchers more tangible reasons to spend their time on peer review.

The more a user participates in peer review, and the more their peer-reviewed article is referenced by other authors, the more tokens they have and, ultimately, the higher their position in the rating system. This combination of incentives, together with the rating system also makes life easier for grant application reviewers or those who are simply looking to collaborate with the best in a given field — a truly merit-based system.

As Apograf joins ORCID, thousands of publications and users — were they not already — will get connected to the Registry. Developing new platforms and supporting initiatives like ORCID are small steps in the grand scheme of things, but each one counts, and as they stack up we inch closer toward solving some of the challenges of scientific publishing. Apograf is proud to join ORCID in pursuing the establishment of an open, fair, and accessible scientific research ecosystem.

For more information, or to sign up for Apograf, please visit our website.


Evolving ORCID

Wed, 27 Mar 2019 - 00:00 UTC

ORCID is many things to many people.  It’s a helpful resource that saves researcher time, it’s a place for researchers to connect to their achievements, and it’s a way of distinguishing one researcher from another.  It’s also a tool that can help with reporting grant outcomes, filling out forms, understanding someone’s career, and linking up services. This complex interplay between users and functionality mean that it’s very important that, when we add things to the API or modify the user interface, we’ve really thought it through -- not only what new functionality will do, but also who the change will affect, how they will react, and what benefits it will bring.  

I’m the Product Director.  What does this mean? It means that I consider all the competing requirements and work out how to balance the time they will take to develop, the utility of the changes, and where they fit in our strategic roadmap.  My job is to help evolve ORCID  infrastructure so that it serves the whole research community.  I do all of this while trying to avoid a bad back from my temperamental office chair!  

Mine is a new role within ORCID and it marks our transition from energetic start-up to energetic small-medium sized not-for-profit organization. We are now at the point where the ORCID Registry is essential to the functioning of numerous other services -- from grant application and manuscript submission systems to individual user profiles -- and we need to change the way we work to match.  We have over a thousand members: two-thirds of them have one or more integrations, and all of them depend on us continuing to function as they expect. This means we must be mindful about how and how long we take to evolve. When we introduce changes we have to help all our members change along with us.

Requirements for change come from many sources, internal and external to ORCID.  Researchers, research institutions, funders, publishers, research facilities, infrastructure partners, librarians, repositories, working groups, data analysts, web developers, our Board and our staff have all got lots of great ideas about the future of ORCID (and If you’ve got a great idea, head over to our iDeas Forum and let us know!).  I and our cross-organization Product team ( Paula Demain, Estelle Cheng, and Ana Heredia) attempt to balance these requirements when deciding which things we should start working on.   You can read more in How Are New Features Decided? -- including how we decide if something is a feature or a bug.

We’re champions of ‘open’ and, because of that, our product development process is as open as our data.  You can see what we’ve got lined up for the future on our public product roadmap, which contains all the work we’ve committed to doing at some point. This is the functionality we’ve analysed, thought through, and are confident should be included in the Registry.  As time and resources allow, work is transferred from there to our Current Development Trello Board, where it is picked up by our Technology team and implemented, tested, and released.  We also maintain a Bugs Board, where we keep track of the bugs we find ourselves and the ones that are reported to us by the community.  Having all this out in the open means that if you report a bug, or request a feature, you can see it move through to our production service. Learn more about the process for reporting and fixing bugs in How Are Bugs Fixed?

I think ORCID has done a fantastic job of balancing what we do, who we do it for, and why.  ORCID is moving into a new era and we’re refining the way we work so that we continue to get that balance right as we grow.  I love my job here at ORCID, and I’m privileged to be involved.


Don’t lose access to your ORCID record!

Wed, 20 Mar 2019 - 10:58 UTC

Helping our users re-gain access to their ORCID account is our most common Help Desk ticket. Most often, this is because you’ve changed organizations and no longer have access to the email address connected with your account. There are some simple steps you can take to prevent this problem. 

Option 1. Add another email address to your account

The best way to make sure you maintain access to your ORCID account as you move around in your career is by adding at least one additional email address.  You can do this by following these steps, after logging in:

  • Under Account Settings, select Email and contact preferences, click Edit.
  • Enter an additional email address in the Add another email field and click Add.

  • A verification message will automatically be sent to each new address you add. Please click the verification link in the message to confirm your ownership of the email.

We strongly recommend that you add a personal email address as a back-up. This will help ensure you don’t lose access to your ORCID record, and that you’re easily able to reset your password. Each address has its own visibility setting, and ORCID will not share any email information that you have marked as private.

Option 2. Two-factor authentication

In the past, we hoped that security questions might be the answer, so these were available from the reset password and account settings pages. However, in recent years it has become clear that security questions are not the answer, and we have therefore removed this feature in the Registry, and we plan to remove existing questions and answers from our database as well soon. 
Instead, if you wish to make your ORCID account more secure, we recommend that you enable two-factor-authentication.

Should you have any additional questions or feedback, please let us know.


ORCID at Boston College: Create & Connect with PeopleSoft

Thu, 14 Mar 2019 - 18:30 UTC

(Originally posted on the Lyrasis Blog)

Boston College is one of the ORCID US Communitymember institutions leading the way for ORCID adoption at US research institutions (see current member list). Boston College became an ORCID member so they could take advantage of the name disambiguation, interoperability, and time-saving benefits of ORCID as a single identifier for researchers to use throughout their career, regardless of changes in name, discipline, or location. Boston College’s ORCID Libguide provides an excellent example for others to follow in promoting ORCID: https://libguides.bc.edu/orcid.

Boston College (BC) has integrated ORCID into their central identity management system to create an application known as “BC Create or Connect,” which provides a single portal for researchers at Boston College to start their journey with ORCID. The application allows researchers to register and connect their ORCID iD to their BC Eagle ID through the HR system PeopleSoft. From there, the system is configured to write/assert employment affiliation information to researchers’ ORCID records and collects ORCID iDs to display on public facing faculty profile pages.

A walk-through of the integration:

  • Researchers at Boston College go to http://www.bc.edu/orcid where they are taken to a screen asking them to login with their Eagle ID. This allows the system to verify the user and make sure they are in fact affiliated with the institution.
  • Once they log in with their institutional credentials, they are taken to a main ORCID page, “ORCID at BC” that explains what ORCID is and prompts users to “Create or Connect” their ORCID iD:

  • When a user clicks on the green “Create or Connect” button, the user is then asked to authorize permission for the institution to connect with their ORCID iD. In the case of Boston College, users are asked to allow BC to read any limited-access information they may have on their ORCID record (ORCID data visibility can be set set to public, private, or “trusted parties”/limited access), add or update biographical information on the user’s ORCID record, and add or update the user’s research activities:

  • From there, they will be asked to either log in to their ORCID record if they already have an ORCID iD, or they will be asked to register for an ORCID iD if they don’t have one yet. (It is free to register for an ORCID iD, and it takes very little time.) This process ensures that the connection between ORCID and Boston College is authenticated and trustworthy.
  • When a user authorizes these permissions, Boston College can then easily gather data about researcher activity through ORCID, as well as make trustworthy and accurate assertions about the faculty that are affiliated with the institution, providing a verified source confirming that this person does in fact work at Boston College:

The authenticated ORCID iD is then displayed on faculty’s public facing profile pages (see example here):

For more information, please contact orcidus@lyrasis.org. Many thanks to John O’Connor, Scholarly Communications Librarian at Boston College, for sharing this information via webinar (recording available 1:55-8:35). You may find John O'Connor on the BC Digital Scholarship website.

Please click here to learn more about the ORCID US Community consortium.


Connected Research!

Wed, 13 Mar 2019 - 15:56 UTC

This post was co-authored by Josh Brown, ORCID's Director of Partnerships, and Tom Demeranville, our Director of Product. Our thanks to Dr Carlin for his permission to share this use case.

At ORCID, our tagline is ‘connecting research and researchers’. Sometimes people ask us ‘what do you connect?’ and we usually refer them to our vision, which is of “a world where all who participate in research, scholarship, and innovation are uniquely identified and connected to their contributions across disciplines, borders, and time”.

In this blog post, we will explore one case study of what that vision looks like in reality: one researcher, connected to an institution, to the funding that has enabled their research, and to all of those connected to the outputs that communicate their research findings to the wider world.

Dr Leo Carlin is a researcher. He is a leukocyte biologist, based at the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute in Glasgow. Looking at his ORCID record, you can get a sense of his career, and how active he is - memberships, education, employment, publications and funding are all here. For the purposes of this blog post though, we will focus on the fact that he received funding from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), specifically for a project called "Regulation of Pulmonary Neutrophils In Vivo: Direct Interrogation by Intravital Microscopy," supported by the Medical Research Council.

If you click the grant number shown in the ORCID record, it takes you to the project page in UKRI’s Gateway to Research, which provides much more information about the project:

If you click the people tab, it shows that both Leo and his ORCID iD are associated with the grant:

Looking at Leo’s ORCID record, there are a lot of works added from Europe PMC. A search in Europe PMC using either the grant number or the ORCID iD returns this paper (a collaborative project and led by Cristina Lo Celso of Imperial College and the Francis Crick Institute) that work funded by the grant contributed to:

The record for the paper shows ORCID iDs for several co-authors too, as well as three other funding sources for the work that lead to this paper being published:

The link to the article at the publisher’s site uses a Digital Object Identifier to direct potential readers to the published paper.

This case study shows identifiers and infrastructures working in harmony to connect and share research achievements.


Introducing the new OJS-ORCID plugin

Tue, 12 Mar 2019 - 09:27 UTC

The recent launch of version 3.1.2 of PKP's Open Journal System (OJS) marks an exciting moment -- an upgraded ORCID API plugin! Journals upgrading to OJS 3.1.2 can now request authenticated iDs from both contributing authors and co-authors, and Member API users can assert published works directly to an author's ORCID record with the author’s permission. All journals that upgrade to the latest version of OJS can benefit from the new features.

Like ORCID, OJS is an open-source, community-driven platform, which benefits from an engaged community of developer contributors. ORCID API support enabling collection of authenticated ORCID iDs was first launched in 2016 with OJS 3.0, through the work of community developers including the University of Pittsburgh. The latest additions were developed by a team of OJS community members in Germany, including Nils Weiher and Dulip Withanage of Heidelberg University (also an ORCID member through the German national consortium).

The plugin also fine-tunes the collection of authenticated ORCID iDs to meet the requirements of ORCID's best practices recognition program Collect & Connect: iDs are collected only by the ORCID API and cannot be entered or edited manually by the author or editor. Editors can request iDs and update permissions from authors and co-authors during production by sending an email from the submission metadata screen.

The expiration date of the access token clearly displays on the admin view of the author profile. ORCID iDs previously collected by the journal, but which cannot be confirmed as authenticated, still display in articles, but without the green iD icon on the public view.

ORCID members using the OJS plugin without any changes can meet the requirements the Authenticate, Display, and Connect badges and immediately receive Member API credentials.  

ORCID Plugin is available in  OJS3 Plugin gallery. Interested users can see a list of currently implemented features here.

Watch the upgraded ORCID Member API Plugin in action.

About PKP

The Public Knowledge Project is a multi-university initiative developing (free) open source software and conducting research to improve the quality and reach of scholarly publishing. PKP is best known for its work maintaining Open Journal Systems (OJS) and Open Monograph Press (OMP).


ORCID Annual Report for 2018 Now Available!

Wed, 06 Mar 2019 - 19:10 UTC

My Year in Review post provided an overview of our 2018 activities. Now, in our annual report you can learn more of the details - in words and pictures! Some of our key achievements:

  • ORCID adoption. Not only did our five millionth researcher register for an iD during 2018 but, even more importantly, we saw a significant increase in the number of records with at least one connection to another identifier.
  • Integrations. The number of ORCID member integrations increased by one third during 2018, expanding the opportunities for researchers to use their iD in situ. 73.6% of ORCID registrants have now authorized record updates from at least one member integration.
  • Sustainability. Reaching financial sustainability has been a core ORCID goal since the start. We made substantial progress toward this in 2018, increasing our membership by 20% - we broke 1000! - and maintaining our 2Q 2019 breakeven forecast.  
  • Infrastructure and technology. All ORCID integrators -- members and non-members -- are now using our API v2.0 or higher. We also launched the beta version of our API 3.0, which includes data fields for research resources and more affiliation types (qualifications, invited positions, distinctions, service, and membership).
  • Trust and transparency. As part of our ongoing commitment to openness, we kicked off an initiative to make it easier to see the source of information on ORCID records.
  • Communities of practice. Our consortia program grew to 70% of our membership in 2018, with ORCID consortia now in 21 countries. Our consortia lead organizations help develop ORCID communities of practice in their regions, encouraging best practice and expanding the use and adoption of iDs.
  • Engaging with the community. During 2018 we focused especially on the funder community through our ORBIT (ORCID Reducing Burden and Improving Transparency) initiative. In December nine funders showed their support for ORCID by signing an open letter committing their organizations to implementing ORCID using our best practices.

Working with you, our community, is at the heart of everything we do. We are grateful for your participation in our Board, our working groups and task forces, and workshops.  I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your continued support of ORCID as we move toward achieving 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.


ORCID Member Survey Report

Tue, 05 Mar 2019 - 23:21 UTC

As a community-led organization, listening to what you have to say about our services is critically important to ORCID, to ensure that we understand and meet your needs. So, over the past few years we have been surveying our community, and using your feedback to help us better serve you. This has included a survey of our consortia lead organizations, two community surveys (with a third under way!), and -- late last year -- our first member survey.

Carried out between September and November 2018, there were 170 responses, of which 126 (74%) were complete. The organization types that responded largely reflected our overall membership, with the vast majority (78%) from research institutions, which comprise 79% of our membership. Geographically, the responses were less representative, with Western Europe under-represented (25% compared with 56% of members) and the other regions somewhat over-represented.

A full report and the anonymized data set are now available; some of the learning points for ORCID include:

  • Disambiguation of researchers was the top reason given for joining ORCID, and most respondents focus on using ORCID to help researchers.  However, user adoption is seen as the biggest challenge to implementing ORCID
  • Access to the member API is the most valued membership benefit, but building and reviewing/launching an integration are considered the most challenging aspects of implementing ORCID
  • Communications with ORCID are rated highly, with high scores for our technical  documentation, but only around one third of respondents are using our freely available outreach resources
  • Members are largely positive about ORCID, shown through multiple modalities: a NetPromoter score of 38, high scores for questions about interactions with staff,  and perceived value of key member benefits.
  • We have more work to do to improve our members’ understanding of, and ability to demonstrate, the value of ORCID -- to themselves, their organizations, and their researchers

We are already starting to address these needs, including:

  • Launching the RIPEN (Research Information Platform ENgagement) program, which will enable simpler ORCID integrations through authenticated ORCID iD collection and secure cross-platform sharing of ORCID permission tokens
  • Working to improve the user experience, by ensuring a positive and consistent user experience and user accessibility across ORCID integrations
  • Sharing our successes, building on our 2018 Collecting the Evidence initiative to document and share ORCID successes and outcomes with the community, as well as identifying and addressing gaps in our understanding
  • Developing additional outreach resources, including: user stories and case studies; videos (available here, with more in progress); an infographic about the value of persistent identifiers for researchers; improvements to the content and navigation of our website (during 2019); and more

Our thanks to everyone who participated in the survey -- we really value your feedback! If you have other suggestions for how we can better serve our members, please contact us.


Recommendations for Using ORCID in Repositories

Wed, 27 Feb 2019 - 00:00 UTC

Back in June, we announced the launch of the ORCID in Repositories Task Force, an intrepid group chaired by Michele Mennielli, International Membership and Partnership Manager at DuraSpace. The group was charged with drafting recommendations for repository platform developers, intended to ensure a consistent base level of support for ORCID across different platforms, allowing repository administrators to implement ORCID effectively ‘out of the box’.

A diverse team of 15 repository experts representing 12 countries on six continents convened and unveiled a draft recommendations for public comment in October 2018. After several weeks of vigorous discussion among ~30 community contributors and a final round of review by the Task Force, I’m thrilled announce the publication of the Task Force recommendations.


Key components of the recommendations include:

  • Support collecting authenticated ORCID iDs, which means that users sign into their ORCID accounts and authorize the repository to obtain their ORCID iD and (optionally) permission to update their ORCID records
  • Support other ways of obtaining ORCID iDs, including in mediated deposits and bulk uploads by repository managers, as well as automated deposits from other systems
  • Allow administrators to request authenticated ORCID iDs and ORCID record update permission from authors and co-authors, in cases where iDs are missing or have not been authenticated
  • Support displaying ORCID iDs wherever user/contributor information is displayed. ORCID iDs that have not been authenticated by their owner should be displayed slightly differently from those that have been authenticated
  • Support pulling and pushing information to and from ORCID
  • Provide testing, logging and reporting features for administrators
  • Support exposing ORCID iDs in metadata outputs, such as OAI-PMH XML, wherever possible
  • Provide documentation about ORCID features, for both administrators and end users
Thank you!

Many thanks to the Task Force members for their dedication and hard work, as well to all those who contributed to the public discussion. Input from such a diverse range of perspectives highlighted differences and commonalities among repositories, resulting in a document that embodies both consensus and compromise -- very much a reflection of the multi-faceted repository community.

Next steps

With community-endorsed recommendations complete, the next steps for ORCID and the repository community are:

  1. Advocate for adoption of the recommendations by repository platform providers
  2. Educate and support developers working to implement the recommendations

Leading the way, DuraSpace is the first organization to take up this charge. According to Michele Mennielli:

"DuraSpace will support and promote the Task Force recommendations throughout its community. The recommendations will be brought to the Governance of its community projects to be considered for the next roadmaps, and DuraSpace will collaborate with ORCID on outreach efforts aimed at spreading the word about the details of the recommendations."

We hope that many more repository platform providers will follow! Repositories are an integral and essential part of the global research infrastructure and rely on a network of systems connected by identifiers. Helping the global research community get the best from this network is our shared goal.


Construyendo una Infraestructura para Apoyar a los Investigadores - Una entrevista con Arianna Becerril de Redalyc

Tue, 26 Feb 2019 - 14:46 UTC

This blog is also available in English. Read in English

Redalyc fue uno de nuestros primeros colaboradores en América Latina y utilizaron ORCID para construir una infraestructura que apoya a los investigadores. Redalyc ofrece páginas de perfiles de autores y herramientas para ediciones específicas de revistas científicas, con el fin de apoyar la sustentabilidad del acceso abierto en la región. Lea más en esta entrevista con la Directora Ejecutiva de Redalyc, Arianna Becerril.

Por favor, nos puedes contar un poco acerca de Redalyc y tu rol en Redalyc

Redalyc es una plataforma que indexa actualmente 1,294 revistas científicas de Acceso Abierto editadas por más de 600 instituciones de 22 países de Iberoamérica. Las revistas que componen el acervo pasan por una rigurosa evaluación interna de calidad y son ratificadas por un comité científico internacional. Además, Redalyc almacena y dispone en línea los textos completos de los artículos de las revistas que indexa y cuya cifra asciende a más de 600,000 artículos. Entre otros servicios, Redalyc ofrece páginas de autor (AutoresRedalyc) y herramientas para el marcado y la edición digital (Marcalyc) de revistas científicas con el fin de apoyar a la sustentabilidad del Acceso Abierto de la región. También generamos métricas sobre la producción, colaboración y uso de la producción científica por país, institución, área de conocimiento y autor.

Soy parte del equipo fundador de Redalyc que inició en 2003 y actualmente soy su Directora Ejecutiva.

¿Cuándo y por qué Redalyc se involucró con ORCID?

Uno de los objetivos primarios de Redalyc es brindar visibilidad a las revistas científicas de la región y en ese sentido desarrolló, no sólo motores de búsqueda para recuperación de textos completos, sino también páginas web por categoría, entre las que se incluyen revista, institución, país y disciplina. Sin embargo, la comunidad de investigación en América Latina demandaba que Redalyc otorgara los servicios a nivel autor, con el fin de poder difundir sus artículos publicados y acceder a métricas como descargas, redes de colaboración, entre otras. En 2014 Redalyc comenzó así el desarrollo de páginas de autor (AutoresRedalyc) que, entre otras cosas, permiten a los autor seleccionar e integrar sus productos científicos publicados en revistas indexadas por Redalyc en su perfil público. Al mismo tiempo, estábamos siguiendo de cerca los avances de la iniciativa ORCID y en particular, los servicios de interoperabilidad ya implementados con bases de datos como Web of Science, a través de ResearcherID y Scopus.

La producción científica latinoamericana está subrepresentada en estas bases de datos (WoS y Scopus). Entonces cuando un autor de América Latina (especialmente de las Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades) se registra para obtener su ORCID iD, eran pocos los trabajos que podrían conectarse automáticamente a su registro a través del asistente de Buscar y Enlazar.

Esto significaba que los perfiles públicos de los autores solo se podían hacer manualmente. Así, Redalyc decidió trabajar para integrarse con ORCID y ofrecer a los autores latinoamericanos una forma de conectar automáticamente su ID con sus trabajos publicados en revistas indexadas por Redalyc.

¿Cómo se realizó la implementación de Redalyc con ORCID?

Redalyc se integra con la plataforma ORCID de dos maneras. En primer lugar, hemos integrado la base de datos de Redalyc en el asistente de búsqueda y enlace de ORCID para que los usuarios puedan recuperar sus trabajos publicados en revistas indexadas por Redalyc y conectarlas a su registro de ID de ORCID. En segundo lugar, es posible exportar los resultados científicos de un autor de AutoresRedalyc a ORCID y ver las obras registradas en ORCID. Los usuarios deben autenticar su ID de ORCID para poder utilizar estos servicios. Aqui están un par de videos que demuestran cómo Redalyc ha usado ORCID: Conoce AutoresRedalyc - ORCID  y Videotutorial Integración con Orcid

¿Qué impacto ha tenido ORCID en tu comunidad?

Desde el lanzamiento en enero de 2016, 30,000 investigadores se han registrado en AutoresRedalyc de más de 3,000 universidades de todo el mundo; más del 60% tiene una identificación ORCID. Además, se han impartido decenas de seminarios web sobre cómo obtener un registro ORCID, lo que ha llevado a cientos de investigadores a ser conscientes de la necesidad de conectar sus productos científicos con un único identificador para mejorar su visibilidad y facilitar la evaluación científica.

¿Cuáles son los planes a futuro para ORCID y Redalyc?

Redalyc está trabajando para optimizar y ampliar los servicios de AutoresRedalyc, con el fin de ofrecer más opciones a los investigadores registrados. Y, junto con UNESCO, CLACSO, la Universidad Nacional de La Plata (Argentina), la Universidad de Antioquia (Colombia) y una docena de otras universidades y organizaciones, recientemente formamos una alianza llamada AMELI-CA Open Knowledge para América Latina y el Sur Global. Este es un proyecto para expandir la tecnología y experiencia de Redalyc a otras regiones, como Asia y África. Esta nueva estrategia se está desarrollando en respuesta al contexto internacional, regional, nacional e institucional de la publicación académica, para tratar de encontrar una solución de acceso abierto, pública, colaborativa, sostenible y no comercial para América Latina y el Sur Global.

Este nuevo proyecto en el que participa Redalyc creará una infraestructura para la comunicación científica y Ciencia Abierta de información de investigación para apoyar revistas científicas, repositorios, libros, sistemas de evaluación de la ciencia y el rendimiento de los investigadores, y otros aspectos de la comunicación científica que sean sostenibles y abiertos. El proyecto también ayudará a asegurar que la comunicación científica permanezca en manos de la Academia, evitando el fenómeno oligopolístico comercial que ha ocurrido en otras regiones del mundo.

En este contexto, la experiencia de Redalyc con ORCID será valiosa en futuros debates y soluciones tecnológicas para identificar investigadores y trabajos, y podría extenderse más allá de los 22 países con los que Redalyc ya trabaja.

¿Qué podemos hacer para mejorar el soporte para ustedes y su comunidad?

Aunque Redalyc indexa revistas científicas en América Latina, eso no significa que Redalyc solo contenga la producción científica de autores en esa región. Cuenta con artículos de 150 países cuyos investigadores han publicado en más de 1,300 revistas que actualmente están indexadas. Por lo tanto, es muy importante aumentar la difusión y promoción de la integración de ORCID Redalyc, para permitir un uso mejor y más amplio de los servicios que hemos desarrollado. Además, sería muy interesante tener acceso a las estadísticas que podamos usar para monitorear el uso de la integración.

¿Cuál es tu historia de éxito de ORCID/Redalyc favorita?

El impacto de la integración de AutoresRedalyc y ORCID se refleja en varias revistas que ahora incluyen el ORCID iD y la página AutoresRedalyc en sus artículos. Además, tanto ORCID como AutoresRedalyc están comenzando a utilizarse en los sistemas de evaluación del desempeño de los investigadores dentro de las universidades, como la UAEM.

¿Cuáles serán tres palabras que resumen ORCID para tí?

  • Interoperabilidad
  • Comunicación
  • Conexión

Para terminar, ¿Qué sería algo que todos deben saber acerca de Redalyc?

Redalyc es más que una plataforma de indexación para revistas y artículos de texto completo. Es una infraestructura que proporciona tecnología y experiencia para hacer del Acceso Abierto a las publicaciones científicas un modelo sostenible, que incluye la capacitación de equipos editoriales y, de forma gratuita, una edición electrónica de revistas, producida con los más altos estándares de publicación, como XML. Redalyc también busca evitar la implementación del modelo de "autor paga" (Gold OA), basado en Cargos de Procesamiento de Artículos (APC), que se utiliza en otras regiones del mundo, ya que creemos que esto sería muy perjudicial para los países con bajos recursos económicos.


Building an Infrastructure to Support Researchers - An Interview with Redalyc's Arianna Becerril

Mon, 25 Feb 2019 - 19:50 UTC

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Redalyc was one of our earliest supporters in Latin America and they’ve used ORCID to build an infrastructure that supports researchers. Redalyc offers author profile pages and tools for specific editions of scientific journals, in order to support the sustainability of Open Access in the region.  Read more in this interview with Redalyc’s Executive Director, Arianna Becerril.

Please can you tell us a bit about Redalyc and your role there?

Redalyc is a platform that currently indexes 1,294 Open Access scientific journals published by more than 600 institutions in 22 Latin American countries. The journals that make up the collection go through a rigorous internal quality assessment and are ratified by an international scientific committee. In addition, Redalyc also stores and arranges online the full texts of the articles of the journals that it indexes, of which there are more than 600,000. Among other services, Redalyc offers author pages (AutoresRedalyc) and tools for the marking and digital edition (Marcalyc) of scientific journals in order to support the sustainability of Open Access in the region. We also generate metrics on the production, collaboration, and use of scientific production by country, institution, area of knowledge, and author.

I am part of the team that founded Redalyc in 2003, and I am currently the Executive Director.

When and why did Redalyc first get involved with ORCID?

One of the primary objectives of Redalyc is to provide visibility to scientific journals in the region, so we have developed not only search engines for full-text recovery, but also web pages by category including journal, institution, country, and discipline. However, the Latin American research community also wanted Redalyc to provide services at the author level, in order to be able to disseminate their published articles and access metrics such as downloads and collaborative networks, among others. So, in 2014, Redalyc started to develop author pages (AutoresRedalyc) that, among other things, allow authors to select and integrate their scientific outputs published in journals indexed by Redalyc in their public profile. At the same time, we were closely following the advances of the ORCID initiative and, in particular, the interoperability services already implemented with databases such as Web of Science, through ResearcherID and Scopus.

Latin American scientific production is under-represented in these databases (WoS and Scopus). So when an author from Latin America (especially those working in Social Sciences and/or Humanities) registered for an ORCID iD, there were few works that could be connected automatically to their record through the Search & Link wizard. This meant populating authors’ public profiles could only be done manually. Thus, Redalyc decided to work to integrate with ORCID and offer Latin American authors a way to automatically connect their iD with their works published in journals indexed by Redalyc.

How has Redalyc implemented ORCID?

Redalyc is integrated with the ORCID platform in two ways. First, we have integrated the Redalyc database into the ORCID Search & Link wizard to enable users to retrieve their published works in journals indexed by Redalyc and connect them to their ORCID ID record. Second, it is possible to export the scientific outputs of an author from AutoresRedalyc to ORCID and to see the works registered in ORCID. Users must authenticate their ORCID iD in order to use these services.

Here are couple of videos demonstrating how Redalyc has used ORCID: Conoce AutoresRedalyc - ORCID  and Videotutorial Integración con Orcid.

What impact has ORCID had in your community?

Since the release in January 2016, 30,000 researchers have registered at AutoresRedalyc from more than 3,000 universities around the world; more than 60% have an ORCID iD. In addition, dozens of webinars have been given on how to obtain an ORCID record, which has led to hundreds of researchers being aware of the need to connect their scientific outputs with a single identifier in order to improve their visibility and facilitate scientific evaluation.

What are your future plans for ORCID and Redalyc?

Redalyc is working to optimize and expand the services of AutoresRedalyc, in order to offer more options to registered researchers. And, in conjunction with UNESCO, CLACSO, National University of La Plata (Argentina), University of Antioquia (Colombia), and a dozen other universities and organizations, we have recently formed an alliance called AMELI-CA Open Knowledge for Latin America and the Global South. This is a project to expand Redalyc’s technology and experience to other regions, such as Asia and Africa. This new strategy is being developed in response to the international, regional, national, and institutional contexts of academic publication, to try and find an Open Access,  public, collaborative, sustainable, and non-commercial solution for Open Access in Latin America and the Global South.

This new project in which Redalyc is involved will create a research information infrastructure for Open Science to support scientific journals, repositories, books, systems of evaluation of science and performance of researchers, and other aspects of scientific communication that are sustainable and open. The project will also help ensure that scientific communication remains in the hands of the Academy, preventing the commercial oligopolistic phenomenon that has occurred in other regions of the world.

In this context, Redalyc’s experience with ORCID will be valuable in future discussions and technological solutions for identifying researchers and works,  and could be extended beyond the 22 countries with which Redalyc already works.

What can we do to improve our support for you and your community?

Although Redalyc indexes scientific journals in Latin America, that does not mean that Redalyc only contains scientific production of authors in that region. It has articles from 150 countries whose researchers have published in more than 1,300 journals that are currently indexed. So it’s very important to increase the dissemination and promotion of the ORCID Redalyc integration, to enable a better and wider use of the services we have developed. In addition, it would be very interesting to have access to statistics we can use to monitor the use of the integration.

What’s your favorite ORCID/Redalyc success story?

The impact of the integration of AutoresRedalyc and ORCID is reflected in several journals that now include the ORCID iD and the AutoresRedalyc page in their articles. In addition, both ORCID and AutoresRedalyc are starting to be used in the evaluation systems of the performance of researchers within universities, such is the case of the university UAEM.

What three words sum up ORCID for you?

  • Interoperability
  • Communication
  • Connection

Lastly, what’s one thing everyone should know about Redalyc?

Redalyc is more than an indexing platform for journals and full-text articles. It is an infrastructure that provides technology and expertise to make Open Access to scientific publications a sustainable model, including training editorial teams and providing - free of charge - an electronic edition of journals, produced to the highest publication standards such as XML. Redalyc also seeks to prevent the implementation of the “author pays” (Gold OA)  model, based on Article Processing Charges (APCs), which is used in other regions of the world, since we believe this would be very harmful for countries with low economic resources.


The ORCID Danish Consortium Journey

Mon, 25 Feb 2019 - 00:00 UTC

Denmark was the first country to form an ORCID consortium back in 2014. After a pilot investigating possibilities and advantages with ORCID, six of the eight Danish universities agreed to work together with the university colleges to form a Danish ORCID consortium. Deff, Denmark’s Electronic Research Library funded both the pilot and the implementation project led by the consortium.

The implementation project had a goal of 80% ORCID coverage among Danish researchers. Most of the consortium members reached this goal, and there was a high degree of focus on ORCID among Danish researchers during the project period, 2014-2016. It was a chance for the universities and other research organizations in Denmark to work together on an interesting project, focusing not on measuring researchers and universities against each other but, more positively, on making things easier in the research world. We learned a great deal about the ways information flows between systems, and we got involved in suggesting new solutions to our vendors of information handling systems.

When the Danish implementation project ended, Deff became consortium lead in Denmark. This was not a lasting solution however, because Deff was not involved in the day-to-day work at the universities. Therefore, the Danish research community faced 2018 without an ORCID consortium.  

Universities and research institutions in Denmark all have a CRIS (current research information system) with extensive information on their researchers and research output. It is the same system used by all institutions and so cooperation and knowledge-sharing is common among Danish research institutions, when it comes to research information workflows, research registration, and analysis. Maybe because of that, it was clear after a short period, that we would be able to reestablish a Danish ORCID consortium.

Starting in January 2019, Denmark has an ORCID consortium again, with Aalborg University acting as consortium lead for the three-year period of the agreement. The “new” consortium now includes seven universities, the university colleges, hospitals in the capital region, and architecture and design schools – 10 institutions in total.

ORCID-DK looks forward to working for increased ORCID implementation and adoption in Denmark, together with the ORCID organization, other ORCID consortia, and ORCID members around the world.

The consortium has formed a steering group with a representative from each of the 10 members. The steering group plans a meeting at least once a year, where all members will be present. If necessary extraordinary meetings can also be held. The meetings will include:

  • Strategic discussions of ORCID efforts in Denmark, including coordination of cross-cutting activities
  • Strategic discussions and recommendations on how best to collaborate with publishers, funders , and other stakeholders on the use of ORCID
  • Initiating and coordinating cooperation with national and international strategic partners around ORCID initiatives
  • Strategic discussions of ORCID initiatives through status reporting from the consortia lead
  • Reporting on each individual organization by the relevant steering committee member
  • Determining the consortia lead’s working hours and travel expenses

Universities and research institutions currently participating in the Denmark Consortium are:


An Interview with an Author and Editor: The View from Taiwan

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 - 16:00 UTC

ORCID Engagement Manager Asia-Pacific, Estelle Cheng, recently spoke with Wen-Yau Cathy Lin, an academic, author and scholarly journal editor about ORCID and its use in Taiwan. 

Please can you tell us a bit about yourself?

I did my PhD work at the Department and Graduate Institute of Library and Information Science, National Taiwan University. I’m currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Information and Library Science, Tamkang University, and formerly worked in special and academic libraries. I’ve had a lot of experience working with international academia and academic publishers. I’m also currently Executive Editor of the Journal of Educational Media & Library Sciences and former Assistant Editor of the Journal of Library and Information Science Research, which are both indexed in the Taiwan Social Sciences Citation Index.

When and why did you register for an ORCID iD?

In March 2011, the Journal of Educational Media & Library Sciences and Tamkang University held an academic conference for the journal’s 40th anniversary. One of the keynote speakers, former ORCID Board member, Prof. Hideaki Takeda, who spoke about the development of Open Access publishing in Japan, was also a point person in Japan’s ORCID community. He told us about a tool that allowed journal publishers to facilitate authority control for authors of journal articles. That was the first time I heard about ORCID. Some time later, about early 2013, I registered for an ORCID ID and suggested to Prof. Jeong-Yeou Chiu, Chief Editor of the Journal of Educational Media & Library Sciences, the possibility of adopting ORCID in our journal. Later, in the January 2014 issue’s editorial, Prof. Chiu wrote that the journal would begin requiring authors’ ORCID IDs in all issues going forward.

How are you using your iD?

Whenever I encounter a portfolio where I have to add my CV or research details and I can also add an ORCID ID, I do so because it’s the best use of my information to have it integrated together.  

Is ORCID widely used in your community? Why/why not?

At first ORCID wasn’t widely used, but recently it’s become more and more common to see.  Especially when it comes to journal and conference submission, it’s often required these days.

What details are unique to ORCID users in Taiwan?

Some universities in Taiwan are promoting ORCID adoption using a top-down approach institutionally, especially by utilising ORCID to link their researchers portfolio, grant, and promotion. They’re doing this to encourage researchers to use ORCID to good effect.

What is your perspective on advocating for ORCID in the community here?

Although the Journal of Educational Media & Library Sciences has required authors to include ORCID IDs to submit manuscripts for more than five years, some researchers continue to merely register for an ID, leaving their record untouched and so meeting only the minimum requirements. We can’t really force authors to be more active in maintaining their ORCID records. So, we’re hoping more organisations and publishers will adopt ORCID because we believe that will lead to more authors understanding the benefits of promoting their academic works through tools like ORCID.

What can we do to improve our support for researchers like you and for your community?

If ORCID can encourage government institutions and the various funding agencies to better utilise their research management systems by using ORCID, that will certainly increase ORCID adoption.

What’s your favorite thing about ORCID?

That you can take all kinds of your own research outputs, integrate them into one well-connected platform, and link them to journal and conference submission systems. This not only helps improve the academic community’s ability to recognise individual academic output, but also in its own way ORCID facilitates the circulation of academic outputs.

What three words sum up ORCID for you?

Comprehensive, clean and clear, sustainable



Mon, 18 Feb 2019 - 16:00 UTC

本次ORCID亞太區經理Estelle Cheng鄭潔之有幸能和目前於淡江大學服務的林雯瑤教授訪談交流;請她從研究人員、著者與期刊編輯的觀點,談談ORCID以及其於臺灣的現況與展望。



本人於臺灣大學圖書資訊學系取得博士學位,目前為淡江大學資訊與圖書館學系副教授,曾任職於專門圖書館與大學圖書館,與國際學術出版商亦有多年合作經驗。現任《教育資料與圖書館學》(Taiwan Social Sciences Citation Index) 執行編輯,並曾擔任《圖書資訊學研究》(Taiwan Social Sciences Citation Index) 助理編輯。研究專長為資訊計量學、學術傳播、讀者服務、學術電子資源與產業等。


什麼機緣下您決定申請註冊ORCID iD?

2011年3月時淡江大學舉辦《教育資料與圖書館學》40週年國際學術研討會,會中邀請武田英明教授(TAKEDA Hideaki) 分享日本發展OA的歷程與現況,當時武田教授是ORCID的委員會成員之一,他跟我們提到有個名為ORCID的新機制,可提升期刊作者權威控制的效果,而這是我第一次聽到ORCID。



您如何運用您的ORCID iD?

只要任何需要填寫與學術相關的履歷表格中,有ORCID iD的欄位,我一定填寫。由個人建立的履歷文件中,也一律加上ORCID iD。因為這樣才能把ORCID iD整合資訊的效用發揮到極致。









雖然《教育資料與圖書館學》導入 ORCID 已經超過五年,但有些作者只有建立了個人的iD,完成我們的最低要求後並未持續維護。站在期刊的立場,我們也不能要求作者對此更積極投入。因此,期待有更多機構、期刊能採用ORCID,讓作者們瞭解豐富個人的ORCID對於促進學術傳播的諸多正面效益。













ORCID Österreich Konsortium: Gründung und Perspektive

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 - 13:56 UTC


Dieser Beitrag wurde von Paloma Marin Arraiza und Christian Gumpenberger verfasst.

Im Jänner 2019 haben sich die TU Wien (vertreten durch die TU Wien Bibliothek) und die Universität Wien (vertreten durch die Universitätsbibliothek Wien) zusammengeschlossen, um das neu gegründete ORCID Österreich Konsortium zu leiten. Dieses zielt darauf ab, die Akzeptanz und Relevanz der ORCID iD als eindeutige Identifikatorenlösung für Forschende in Österreich zu erhöhen. Elf Mitgliedinstitutionen werden vorerst dem Konsortium beitreten. Die Gründung ist das Ergebnis einer mehrjährigen bundesweiten Diskussion über die Einführung von Personenidentifikatoren in der österreichischen Forschungslandschaft, welche von der AG Szientometrie der Universität Wien im Jahr 2014 initiiert wurde, und vom österreichischen Wissenschaftsfonds (FWF) mit großem Engagement unterstützt. Seit 2017 hat sich das staatlich geförderte Projekt E-Infrastructures Austria Plus zudem für einen Dialog zwischen Forschungsbibliotheken, Forschungsförderung und IT-Abteilungen eingesetzt, um den Bedarf für eine konsortiale Lösung zu erheben.

Eines der Hauptziele des ORCID Österreich Konsortiums ist es, ORCID als primären eindeutigen Personenidentifikator für die Forschenden in Österreich zu etablieren. Die ORCID iD soll nicht nur als ein weiterer austauschbarer und zufälliger Identifikator wahrgenommen werden. Sie soll vielmehr als eine ausgefeilte übergreifende Identifikatorenlösung verstanden werden, die Forschenden hilft, ihre Forschungsaktivitäten effizient zu verwalten und zu vernetzen sowie Anerkennung für die eigenen Beiträge zu erhalten. Gut gepflegte ORCID-Datensätze vereinfachen auch die Einschätzung von Forschungsleistung und erhöhen die Zuverlässigkeit des Bewertungsprozesses gleichermaßen für Institutionen und Forschende. Wir ermutigen daher sowohl Mitglieds- als auch Nichtmitgliedsinstitutionen in Österreich, die Vorteile von ORCID hervorzuheben und die Initiative bei ihren Forschenden zu fördern, indem sie sich an der Nutzung der ORCID-API zum Informationsaustausch beteiligen und die Forschenden bei der Verwaltung ihrer ORCID-Datensätze aktiv unterstützen.

Als gemeinsame Konsortialleitung werden die TU Wien und die Universität Wien mit allen Stakeholdern in Österreich zusammenarbeiten, um ORCID Outreach und Advocacy an österreichischen Institutionen zu ermutigen und offene Forschungsaktivitäten und Best Practices für das Forschungsdatenmanagement zu fördern. Unterstützt von ORCID-MitarbeiterInnen werden unsere beiden Institutionen den Mitgliedern des ORCID Österreich Konsortiums grundlegenden Support anbieten. Diesen benötigen sie, um ORCID erfolgreich in ihren Institutionen einzuführen und von einem verbesserten Zugriff auf bzw. Integration in die ORCID Registry zu profitieren.

Für das ORCID Österreich Konsortium verfassen wir derzeit eine gemeinsame Grundsatzerklärung. Outreach-Aktivitäten wie Workshops und Webinare sind für 2019 geplant, einschließlich eines Launch Events in Wien am 13. Juni 2019.

Wir werden über unsere zukünftigen Fortschritte informieren. Fragen sind jederzeit willkommen und können an paloma.arraiza@tuwien.ac.at oder christian.gumpenberger@univie.ac.at gerichtet werden.


Die TU Wien Bibliothek hat als Bibliothek der wichtigsten tertiären Bildungsinstitution Österreichs in den Natur- und Technikwissenschaften bereits ein großes Interesse an Open Science und Open Access. Sie hat mehrere Services implementiert, welche diese Entwicklung unterstützen. Zu diesen Dienstleistungen gehören die Gründung eines Zentrums für Forschungsdatenmanagement mit Schwerpunkt auf persistente Identifikatoren und eine aktive Beteiligung an der Ausarbeitung von Richtlinien für Open Access und Forschungsdatenmanagement zur Unterstützung der GO FAIR-Initiative. Sie veranstaltete auch relevante Konferenzen, wie z.B. die Reihe Focus on Open Science Chapter Vienna 2018.

Kontakt: paloma.arraiza@tuwien.ac.at



Die Universität Wien ist eine der ältesten und größten Universitäten Europas. Die Universitätsbibliothek Wien beschäftigt sich bereits seit vielen Jahren mit modernen forschungsunterstützenden Services im Allgemeinen und der Bibliometrie im Besonderen. Die Universität Wien war daher auch als Entwicklungspartner ein ORCID-Vorreiter und wurde schließlich im Juni 2018 institutionelles Mitglied.  Dieses Engagement geht einher mit der Implementierung von Digital Object Identifier (DOI), Uniform Resource Name (URN) und Handle-ID als persistente Identifikatoren in PHAIDRA, dem Digital Asset Management System der Universität. ORCID wurde bereits im vierten Quartal 2018 erfolgreich in das aktuelle Forschungsinformationssystem der Universität u:cris implementiert und ausgerollt.

Kontakt: christian.gumpenberger@uniwien.ac.at


ORCID Austria Consortium: Foundation and Perspectives

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 - 13:46 UTC


This post is authored by Paloma Marin Arraiza and Christian Gumpenberger

In January 2019, the TU Wien (represented by the TU Wien Bibliothek) and the University of Vienna (represented by the Vienna University Library) joined forces to lead the newly-formed ORCID Austria Consortium, which aims to increase the uptake and relevance of the ORCID iD as a unique identifier for researchers in Austria. Eleven member institutions, in the first instance, are joining the consortium, which is the result of several years of nationwide discussion, initiated by the Scientometrics Working Group of the University of Vienna in 2014, and enthusiastically supported by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), about the introduction of a person identifier in the Austrian research community. Starting in 2017, the government-funded project E-Infrastructures Austria Plus also promoted discussions between research libraries, research support, and IT departments to define the need for a consortium project.

One of the main aims of the ORCID Austria Consortium is to establish ORCID as the primary unique person identifier for researchers in the Austrian research ecosystem -- not just another exchangeable and random identifier, but a sophisticated umbrella identifier solution to help researchers efficiently manage and link their research activities, and get credit for their contributions. Well-maintained ORCID records also simplify research assessment activities, making the evaluation process more reliable for institutions and researchers alike. We therefore encourage member and non-member institutions in Austria to highlight the advantages of ORCID, promote it among their researchers, and get involved in using the ORCID API to exchange information and help researchers manage their ORCID record.  

As joint consortia lead organizations, TU Wien and the University of Vienna will engage with the community to encourage ORCID outreach and advocacy in Austrian institutions, and to foster open research activities and best practices for research data management. Backed up by ORCID staff where needed, our two institutions will provide ORCID Austria Consortium members with the basic support they need to successfully implement ORCID in their participating institutions, and to benefit from improved access to and integration with the ORCID Registry.

We are currently developing a joint statement of principles for the ORCID Austria Consortium. Outreach activities, such as workshops and webinars, are planned along 2019, including the launch event in Vienna, on  June 13, 2019.

We will update you on our future progress. Questions are welcome at any time and can be addressed to paloma.arraiza@tuwien.ac.at or christian.gumpenberger@univie.ac.at.  


The TU Wien Bibliothek, as the library of Austria’s most important tertiary educational institution in the natural and technical sciences, has a keen interest in open research and open access, and has implemented several supporting services. These include the foundation of a Center for Research Data Management, with a focus on persistent identifiers, and an active involvement in the creation of policies on open access and research data management to support the GO FAIR initiative. TU Wien Bibliothek has also hosted relevant conferences, such as Focus on Open Sciences series in 2018. Contact: paloma.arraiza@tuwien.ac.at


The University of Vienna is one of the oldest and largest universities in Europe, and its library has been providing research support services, including bibliometrics, for many years. The university joined ORCID as an institutional member in June 2018, and has already implemented Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs), Uniform Resource Names (URNs) and Handle-IDs as persistent identifiers in the university’s  digital asset management system, PHAIDRA, as well as  successfully rolling out and implementing ORCID in the university’s current research information system u:cris in late 2018. Contact: christian.gumpenberger@univie.ac.at.


Friends of ORCID

Thu, 07 Feb 2019 - 18:19 UTC

At ORCID, we are all about community. We’re here to serve the research community in its broadest sense, and we do so by working with you, our friends, in that community.

What does it mean to be a friend of ORCID?

Just as friendship takes many forms, there are many ways that you can help us 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. Volunteering your time to serve on one of our Working Groups or Task Forces, helping us with UI/UX testing, joining our newly launched Friends of ORCID Slack channel, or simply giving us your feedback by taking our community survey -- these are just a few examples of how to get involved.

Calling all researchers!

Since 2019 is our Year of the Researcher, we are especially keen for researchers to be well-represented in our projects and activities. Make sure we hear what you have to say by:

  • Taking our community survey. It will take around 10 minutes and we’ll publish the results later this year. This is your chance to tell us what you like about ORCID (and what you don’t!), how you use your ORCID iD, and more. We’ll be listening!
  • Volunteer to be a UI/UX tester. Our newest staff member, Mallory Robertson, joined us this week as our first User Experience Specialist. Look out for a post from her shortly with more details. In the meantime, please contact us if you’d like to provide feedback to help us improve our user interface.
  • Join our soon-to-be launched Academia & Beyond Task Force. This year, we’re going to be taking a deep dive into the Arts & Humanities, Life Science, and Clinical Medicine communities. Understanding what makes these communities different, as well as what they have in common, is vital to serving their needs. To do this, we need input from a wide range of researchers in these fields -- across different geographies, career stages, and subjects. Interested? Get in touch for more details.
  • Follow the work of our Person Citations Working Group. They will be thinking through use cases, data models, and possible functionality to enable grouping and citation of a body of a person’s contributions.
Thank you to our Working Group and Task Force members

In addition to our ongoing, Board-led Working Groups (Membership and Fees, ORCID in Publishing, and Trust) there are typically several ad hoc ORCID Working Groups and Task Forces in place at any one time.

Our thanks to the 80+ community volunteers from all over the world who participated in these groups during 2018, as well as to everyone who commented on their recommendations:

  • Membership and Fees Working Group. Charged with exploring options to lower technology barriers, improve data quality, and expand the reach of ORCID in underserved communities
  • ORBIT Funder Working Group. Provides expert input on the ORBIT project, including mapping data model requirements, and discussing topics such as persistent identifiers for grants, interactions with publishers, data sharing workflows, and administrative burden for researchers
  • ORCID in Publishing Working Group. Aims to increase knowledge and adoption of new ORCID programs and initiatives by the publishing community, and to increase ways for the publishing community to inform and support existing and new programs and initiatives
  • ORCID in Repositories Task Force. Charged with reviewing, providing feedback on, and further developing the proposed recommendations for supporting ORCID in repository systems. Draft recommendations were shared for public comment in November and the final recommendations will be published shortly
  • Publications and User Facilities. During 2018 the group worked on implementing their recommendations, including launching the Research Resources section of the ORCID record
  • Trust Working Group. Activities last year included reviewing our trust practices, engaging in our work on assertion assurance and on-behalf-of workflows, and considering interactions with blockchain initiatives

As part of the RIPEN program, we are working to recognize the service of our volunteers on their ORCID records (with their permission, of course!). Look out for more on this in a future post.


Enjoying a Bit of the PIDapalooza Craic in Dublin

Wed, 30 Jan 2019 - 13:29 UTC

The third PIDapalooza festival of open identifiers took place in Dublin, Ireland on January 23-24. Around 150 PID people from 22 countries met for two days to talk about all things persistent identifier-related.

From Gareth Murphy’s opening keynote on the use of PIDs at the European Spallation Source (they generate tens of petabytes of data annually, and it needs to be managed “PID-centrically”) to Suze Kundu’s Friends-inspired closing summary, we were kept engaged and entertained throughout -- including an official Irish welcome from Uilleann piper, Mark Redmond!

Ten ORCID staff attended PIDapalooza 2019, and we all participated in an hour-long session -- ORCID-Orama at PIDapalooza -- which used a circus theme to introduce our 4-ring strategic themes and associated 2019 projects, and included a game of ORCID bingo for the audience, which proved very popular (lots of winners!).

Some of the other highlights included a fascinating session on the use of persistent identifiers for movies; the launch of pidforum.org -- a new online community for all things PID-related; an update on two recent PID workshops and an invitation to get involved; an introduction to the Openness Profile -- a pilot program for using PID infrastructure to share a wide range of contributions to open research; a lively brainstorming session for the ROR (Research Organization Registry) Community; and much more (where available, presentations are being added to the PIDapalooza 2019 repository). Not forgetting the first-ever PIDapalooza pub quiz, with quizmaster extraordinaire, Ed Pentz, Executive Director of Crossref and ORCID Board member.

Over 100 attendees participated in our online temperature check session at the end of the meeting. They rated PIDapalooza highly compared with other conferences they attend (4.3 stars out of a possible 5), with the short half-hour sessions rated most highly (over 50% of the vote). As to the all-important question of where the next PIDapalooza should take place -- all we’re saying for now is, watch this space!

In the meantime, we’ve said farewell to the PIDapalooza eternal flame -- until next time...