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iD display guidelines for journals now released

Alainna Therese's picture

ORCID first published our iD display guidelines in 2013. There has been a steady increase since then in the number of journal publishers using ORCID, and some publishers have now started to require ORCID for submitting or all authors. To date, more than 250,000 articles have included ORCID iDs in the metadata they submit to Crossref.

To make sure our guidelines reflect and support this growing use of ORCID iDs in journal articles, in July 2016 we formed a community working group to review our policies in light of current practice. After collecting questions, suggestions, and use cases from the community, the working group submitted their recommended guidelines for review by ORCID’s Executive Committee. The revised guidelines were posted for public comment from February 2017 through the end of March 2017.

We have incorporated your comments and feedback and now are releasing the guidelines to the public. In parallel, we also have updated our Trademark and iD Display Guidelines.

Recommended iD display

The journal iD display guidelines recommend that ORCID iDs should be displayed in all formats of the article (HTML, PDF, EPUB, etc.). The iDs must be clearly associated with their respective authors, and always include an active hyperlink to the ORCID URI.

The recommended display is the green ORCID iD icon followed by the full iD URI (http[s] scheme optional). The iD icon should be scaled to the text, and both icon and URI should be hyperlinked to the ORCID URI:

Author A ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-2345-6789

Where the URI scheme (https:// or http://) is included, the guidelines strongly encourage https:

Author B ORCID iD https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5727-2427

Where there are space concerns in the author list, such as in articles with more than 50 authors (hyperauthored articles), the guidelines recommend that the hyperlinked iD icon alone be used, or that iDs be listed in a separate section:

Author list
Author A ORCID iD, Author F, Author K, Author M ORCID iD, Author Q ORCID iD

Author A ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1825-0097
Author M ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-5727-2427
Author Q ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-2345-6789

Download the iD icon at Trademark and iD Display Guidelines and ORCID repository in web and vector format to use in your layouts. Contact us if you need the icon in another format.

Going forward

There were some issues raised by the working group and members of the community which the guidelines did not address, and which we hope to address in future:

  • Display ORCID iDs in article metadata: We received several comments on how iDs should be displayed in article PDF (XMP) and HTML, which went beyond the scope of the guidelines and group’s expertise. We welcome suggestions from the community, which we can feed into a future working group.
  • Display effectiveness assessment: We received limited feedback on how to measure effective iD display, and therefore recommend that these questions be considered by a future working group as iD display is more widely adopted.

Thanks to our working group members

A group of 14 volunteers from the community responded to our call and worked with two ORCID staff to draft the iD display guidelines. The group’s members included a range of stakeholders, with representatives from publishers, academic libraries, and scholarly societies. We extend our thanks to the members of this working group!

Ben Bowyer
Taylor & Francis (UK)
Antonia Johnston ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-9857-7064
British Medical Journal (UK)
Cory Craig ORCID iDorcid.org/0000-0002-9221-8466
University of California - Davis (USA)
Jeff Lang ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-4895-0278
American Chemical Society (USA)
David Burgoyne
Taylor & Francis (UK)
Craig Raybould ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-2697-7701
Hindawi (UK)
Scott Dineen
Optical Society of America (USA)
Peter Strickland ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-6555-0837
International Union of Crystallographers (UK)
Nicholas Everitt ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-8343-8910
Taylor & Francis (UK)
Edward Wates ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-3210-6080
Wiley (UK)
Justin Gonder
University of California - Office of the President (USA)
John Walker
Wiley (USA)
Christina Hoppermann ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-8858-7536
Springer Nature (Germany)
Leslie Walker
American Chemical Society (USA)
Chris Ingle
Institute of Physics (UK)

How are you displaying iDs?

Let us know. We’d love to have real-life examples to share with the community, as well as hear your feedback. Let us know at [email protected] or share on Twitter and tag @ORCID_Org.