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ORCID Board Elections! Calling for Nominations

Robert Kiley's picture

Starting this year, ORCID will hold member elections for positions on next year’s Board. This follows a bylaws change made by the Board in November 2015, and recognizes that ORCID is maturing both as a platform and an organization.

I am Chairing the 2016 ORCID Nominating Committee, which includes the following people:

As part of our charter, we are seeking member recommendations for new Directors.  All ORCID members are eligible to have representatives serve as ORCID Directors. In addition, the Board has a slot for a researcher, who need not be affiliated with an ORCID member to serve.  We will draw up a slate based on member recommendations, taking into account balance by sector, region, skills, and non-profit status requirements established in the ORCID bylaws.

Board Directors serve for a period of three years, starting with our February Board meeting.  Directors are expected to attend each of our three annual Board meetings in person, and play an active role in ORCID activities during the course of their term.  For more about the roles and responsibilities of ORCID Board Directors, please see our Elections webpage.

This is your opportunity to take a leadership role in the governance of ORCID.  Please send us your recommendations using this form (PDF) (Word) to: [email protected].  We will consider all recommendations received before 1 August 2016.

ORCID members will be presented the slate in mid-October, after our Board meeting.  At that time, the community will have the choice of voting on the slate, or proposing additional candidates.  If the latter, the election will become a plurality vote by candidate.  To propose additional candidates, a group of 20 or more members must submit a nomination in writing to ORCID before November 30, 2016.  Note that the group may not include more than one member per consortium (for specific details see ORCID Bylaws Article III Section 2b).  

We will send notifications and open the election by electronic ballot in December.  New Directors will start service at our February 2017 meeting.

The process is summarized in the table below:

ORCID Nominations and Elections Timetable, 2016



April 2016 Call for Board recommendations
1 August 2016 Closing date for Board recommendations
6 October 2016 Nomination Committee to present slate for Board approval
15 October 2016 Slate made public
30 November 2016 Closing date for alternative nominations

December 2016 - January 2017

Elections by electronic ballot
February 2017 Elected members start service


ORCID will be sending proxies to each main contact listed on ORCID membership agreements.  If you would like to update your membership contact information, please contact the ORCID Support Desk.


We look forward to receiving your recommendations over the coming months.  Please contact us with any questions.