The ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier)
initiative provides the scholarly community with a dedicated digital identifier
that consolidates professional activities, ensuring a comprehensive account a
researcher’s career is maintained and recognized in the publishing community.
Authors, researchers, grant writers, academics simply register online for an ORCID identification (ID) number. Once assigned, the unique ID provides a consistent and authenticated digital ID of professional activities:
- a record of all publications
- ongoing grant submissions and contributions
- patents obtained and submitted
- up-to-date affiliations
The ORCID initiative also provides an open tool kit that allows for the easy transfer of ORCID IDs across modern STM publishing systems. When an author’s manuscript is published, the author’s personal record will be updated with the citation. In other words, anyone registered with ORCID will have a constantly updated 'digital curriculum vitae.’
What is the Benefit to Publishers?
- Universal Identification. Using ORCID IDs in a publishing workflow allows publishing groups to easily track authors and contributors regardless of name changes or affiliation updates. A comprehensive list of an author’s publishing history provides conflict-of-interest insight during the peer-review process.
- Validated Information. The system-to-system nature of the ORCID IDs generates a relationship of mutual trust and accountability while documenting real-time manuscript submissions and approval. Information is shared across manuscript submission systems and publication offices and automatically updated.
- Improved Discoverability. ORCID IDs improve the quality of author citations, research works, and reviewer profiles by ensuring information is up to date and consolidated. ORCID provides a central registry that serves as a gateway for publishers and researchers, linking multiple datasets.
Here’s Where We Come in…
Cenveo Publisher Services ensures that publishers’ content is properly tagged to support ORCID IDs. Capturing and validating the ORCID ID is maintained in Cenveo’s various workflows from article submission through publication. The Cadmus DTD v2.44 is updated to include an element linking back to the ORCID registry:
As of May 2013 more than 35 organizations actively use ORCID IDs, including Elsevier, Springer, Wiley, and Nature Publishing Group. But ensuring that the ORCID metadata is embedded in manuscripts and published work is not just for large organizations.
All scholarly publishers can implement ORCID IDs into a workflow and reap the benefits of a global registry.