April 25, 2016

Should ORCID ID be required for publication?

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By Deb Hamernik, ASAS Public Policy Committee

April 25, 2016 – If you are a scientist and you have a common last name (such as Smith, Johnson, or Wang) you may face the challenge of distinguishing your publications from publications by others with similar names. A system is needed to easily and uniquely attach one’s identity to research objects such as datasets, equipment, articles, media stories, citations, experiments, patents, and notebooks. In addition, as scientists collaborate across disciplines, institutions and borders, they must interact with an increasing number and diversity of research information systems. Entering data over and over again can be time-consuming, and often frustrating.

ORCID provides a digital name, or ID, that uniquely and persistently identifies researchers. By connecting this ID to different research activities and affiliations across multiple research platforms, ORCID helps enable recognition and reduce the reporting burdens for researchers.

ORCID is an open, non-profit, community-driven effort to create and maintain a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers. ORCID is unique in its ability to reach across disciplines, research sectors and national boundaries. It is a hub that connects researchers and research through the embedding of ORCID identifiers in key workflows, such as research profile maintenance, manuscript submissions, grant applications, and patent applications.

Publishers are in a unique position to facilitate widespread adoption of ORCID. Beginning in January 2016, some publishers will require corresponding authors to have ORCID IDs at the time of manuscript submission. More than 2,000,000 people have already signed up for an ORCID ID.

Obtaining an ORCID ID is easy and takes less than 30 seconds. Go to: https://orcid.org/register and enter your information, password, and agree to the ORCID terms and conditions. Although journals published by the American Society of Animal Science do not yet require an ORCID ID, it is not too early for animal scientists to obtain an ORCID ID and make sure that their research activities are linked with their name.