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Introducing the new OJS-ORCID plugin

Alec Smecher's picture

The recent launch of version 3.1.2 of PKP's Open Journal System (OJS) marks an exciting moment -- an upgraded ORCID API plugin! Journals upgrading to OJS 3.1.2 can now request authenticated iDs from both contributing authors and co-authors, and Member API users can assert published works directly to an author's ORCID record with the author’s permission. All journals that upgrade to the latest version of OJS can benefit from the new features.

Like ORCID, OJS is an open-source, community-driven platform, which benefits from an engaged community of developer contributors. ORCID API support enabling collection of authenticated ORCID iDs was first launched in 2016 with OJS 3.0, through the work of community developers including the University of Pittsburgh. The latest additions were developed by a team of OJS community members in Germany, including Nils Weiher and Dulip Withanage of Heidelberg University (also an ORCID member through the German national consortium).

The plugin also fine-tunes the collection of authenticated ORCID iDs to meet the requirements of ORCID's best practices recognition program Collect & Connect: iDs are collected only by the ORCID API and cannot be entered or edited manually by the author or editor. Editors can request iDs and update permissions from authors and co-authors during production by sending an email from the submission metadata screen.



The expiration date of the access token clearly displays on the admin view of the author profile. ORCID iDs previously collected by the journal, but which cannot be confirmed as authenticated, still display in articles, but without the green iD icon on the public view.

ORCID members using the OJS plugin without any changes can meet the requirements the Authenticate, Display, and Connect badges and immediately receive Member API credentials.  

ORCID Plugin is available in  OJS3 Plugin gallery. Interested users can see a list of currently implemented features here.

Watch this video of the upgraded ORCID Member API Plugin in action.

About PKP

The Public Knowledge Project is a multi-university initiative developing (free) open source software and conducting research to improve the quality and reach of scholarly publishing. PKP is best known for its work maintaining Open Journal Systems (OJS) and Open Monograph Press (OMP).