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The ORCID Board boasts a wide range of expertise and a diversity of professional and cultural backgrounds. Every year, we hold Board elections, giving our members the opportunity to participate directly in the organization’s governance.  

I am a new Board member and have been appointed by the ORCID Board to chair the 2017 ORCID Nominating Committee. I am looking forward to developing a slate of candidates for our next election in close consultation with my colleagues on the Committee:

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, we are also seeking nominations for researchers, who need not be affiliated with an ORCID member to serve. I am currently the only unaffiliated researcher on the ORCID Board; my expertise is in the physical sciences, so we will be looking for a researcher with complementary expertise in a different subject area. We will draw up a slate based on member recommendations, taking into account balance by sector, region, skills, and non-profit status requirements, as established in the ORCID bylaws.

Board Directors serve for a period of three years, starting from our February 2018 Board meeting. They 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. We will consider all recommendations received before 1 August 2017.

ORCID members will be presented the slate in mid-October, after our Board meeting. At that time, the community will have the choice of either 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 15 November 2017. Note that the group may not include more than one member per consortium (for specific details, see Article III Section 2b). We will send notifications and open the election by electronic ballot in December.

The entire process is summarized in the table below:

ORCID 2018 Elections Timetable

Date Activity
5 April 2017 Call for Board recommendations
1 August 2017 Closing date for Board recommendations
17 October 2017 Nominating Committee presents slate for Board approval
20 October 2017 Slate made public
20 November 2017 Closing date for alternative nominations
December 2017 Elections by electronic ballot
February 2018 Elected members start their term

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 ORCID Support.

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