Major Publishers Requiring ORCID iD in 2016

An ORCID iD from the Open Researcher and Contributor ID registry is the new permanent, universal digital identifier for authors. This uniquely identifies and accurately connects you to your scholarly works throughout your lifetime, no matter how your name or institution may vary. The University of Pittsburgh is now an institutional member of ORCID; Pitt authors are encouraged to register now for an ORCID iD as this will increasingly become a required part of the academic publishing environment.

On January 7, 2016, ORCID announced that eight publishers, including Science, Public Library of Science (PLoS), IEEE, eLife, EMBO and Hindawi are making the 16-digit ORCID iD a requirement for manuscript submission starting in 2016. Nature Publishing Group (NPG) was a launch partner of the ORCID registry, and along with Wiley and Elsevier, has been accepting ORCID iDs since 2012, but has not yet made it a requirement. ORCID hosted an open letter to publishers outlining reasons for integrating the ORCID iD into the publishing workflow. A table indicating commitments and date of initiation is included.

ORCID iDs create greater efficiencies for authors, publishers, funders, and other entities in the academic scholarly communication universe. When authors enter their ORCID iD during manuscript submission, fields are automatically completed. No more repetitive data entry! No more name ambiguity!

HSLS invites all current or potential researchers and authors to register for a free ORCID iD through Pitt’s custom registration portal. For more information, visit the HSLS ORCID LibGuide, or contact Andrea Ketchum at or 412-648-9757.

~Andrea Ketchum