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ORCID in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa- An Update

Gabriela Mejias's picture

ORCID relies on our community to help us achieve our shared vision. As our members, you play a critical role, by creating connections and sharing information about research and researchers. Collectively  you are helping us make progress toward our shared goal where research information is entered once and reused often.


The EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa) region continues to lead the world in terms of ORCID adoption. Well over half of ORCID members are based here, and more than 70% have joined through a consortium. These communities of practice are key to our success, as they share our global, inclusive, and collaborative approach to building a better research information infrastructure. Working with consortia allows us to scale our efforts and may lead to improved collaboration and more effective ORCID implementation at a regional level. Five EMEA consortia were recognized for their contributions at our consortia workshop in May.

Consortia in Europe & Middle East and Africa

Austria | Belgium | Denmark | Finland | Germany | Greece | Israel |

Italy | Netherlands | Norway | Portugal | South Africa | Sweden | UK

So far in 2019 we have welcomed three consortia in Europe:

  • The Austrian Consortium led by TU Wien and University of Vienna was founded in January with 11 institutional members, followed by an official launch event in June
  • Denmark was the first country to establish an ORCID consortium in 2014, and after a one year break due to internal reorganization, the Danish Consortium re-launched in January, this time under the lead of Aalborg University Library 
  • In Greece a national consortium was established in January  with HEAL-Link (Hellenic Academic Libraries Link) as the lead organization. The consortium currently has 43 members, making it one of the largest in the region

We also recently welcomed our first members in Botswana, Nigeria, Turkey and Iraq, as well as new members in France, Germany, Ireland, Kenya, Poland, Qatar, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, and United Kingdom, and are in active discussions with organizations across the region.

Adoption and Use

As of today, there are 562 ORCID members in Europe, and 323 integrations. In the Middle East and Africa, there are 44 members and 20 integrations. And the number of research information systems in the region that support ORCID continues to grow.  There are currently more than 300 systems in our region that are exchanging information with the ORCID Registry.  

Congratulations and kudos to our top sharers, who are helping all of us realize our open research goals!

Affiliations: To date, the top members asserting affiliations on ORCID records are: the University of Oxford (11.000+), King's College London (3,800+), Universidad de Zaragoza (3,600+), Københavns Universitet (2,500+), and University College London (2,400+)

Works: Top EMEA integrators adding works include: Europe PubMed Central (2M+), INSPIRE-HEP (800.000+), Ciência Vitae (350.000+), MDPI (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute) (180.000+), and the University of Helsinki (130.000+)

Funding: The top integrator, adding the highest amount of funding items in the region is Ciência Vitae (19,000+) developed by Portuguese national funder, Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia



Most of our Registry traffic from EMEA comes from the United Kingdom, Spain and Germany -- more than two million visits to ORCID sites in July 2019!


EMEA members are helping us evolve the services we offer and improve how we support our community.  In addition to EMEA member participation on our Board and working groups, SABINET (South Africa) and ePIC (Europe) are participating in our RIPEN project. 

We released our infographic in English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish to support discussions about “why ORCID” in our community and, during the first half of 2019, we held several virtual and face to face events, including our first webinar in Arabic, as well as co-hosted workshops with consortia and members in Israel, Turkey, Denmark, UK, and Austria

In the second half of the year we will be visiting many countries in the region, and holding “Better Together” webinars focused on funders, publishers, and research institutions.  Watch our events page for details of these and other upcoming webinars and workshops!

A big thank you to our EMEA community for your continued collaboration!