ORCID in Publishing: A Conversation

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As we described in an earlier post, one of our projects this year is to reduce the data entry effort for researchers as they interact with information systems - such as when submitting a paper or applying for funding.  We are focusing our work in specific communities, in particular funders and publishers. 


Kicking off the conversation

Publishing - whether in print or in a conference presentation - is how research findings are disseminated. The publishing community was an early supporter of ORCID: publishers were among the first to incorporate ORCID iDs into their workflows, and they have also played a leadership role in developing best practices for doing so.

We are deepening our engagement with the publishing community through working groups -- including, most recently, one on User Facilities and Publications -- and in-person workshops, such as our recent in-person breakfast meeting at the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) conference in Chicago, which was attended by representatives from over 30 publishers, associations, and service providers. We reviewed how ORCID is incorporated into existing publishing workflows, and also explored how the ORCID Registry and services can enable new workflows, for example, to enable authors to easily connect publications to the funding and research resources that help make the research possible.

Just as a key component of our ORBIT program is working with funders to help them reduce researcher burden in applying for and reporting on grants, so the ORCID for Research Resources effort is enabling researchers to easily share information about the research facilities, collections, and equipment they have used to do their research. Sharing this information via ORCID allows funders and resources a measure of control over how their grant is cited, and it also means that researchers can easily share these citations as they submit manuscripts.  At the SSP meeting, we discussed with publishers how to not just collect an ORCID iD from an author, but also to use the ORCID APIs to present data from an author’s ORCID record, and allow the author to select which funding, affiliation, and/or resources are relevant to the paper. These citations would be stored in the paper as additional metadata, and would be available to support seamless, “hands off” post-award reporting, thereby significantly reducing reporting burdens for researchers.

How you can get involved

It will take a community to make this vision a reality! The SSP breakfast meeting was just a start, and we invite everyone who is interested in building these workflows to join an ORCID user group for publishing and publishing services organizations.  We will be launching this group at a webinar on 28 June,  where you can learn more about ORCID in publishing workflows. If you are interested in learning more, but unable to attend, please register anyway -- we will share a recording of the webinar with you and keep you directly informed about future updates.

ORCID in publishing: establishing a user group

We look forward to seeing you there!