We received 25 applications to join the ORCID Board of Directors for a three-year term starting in January 2019. The applications reflected the global nature of ORCID, with nominations from ORCID members in Europe, Middle East, Africa, North America, Latin America, and Asia.
Candidate Selection Process
The Nominating Committee works to balance a number of objectives when developing the slate. Their overarching aim was to recommend candidates who are driven by the ORCID mission and are able to contribute to ORCID’s development, through their personal and organizational knowledge and networks of influence. The committee also was keen to ensure the Board was diverse - in terms of skills, geographic location, organizational representation, and gender. And, the committee ensured that the Board, as per our bylaws, remains majority non-profit.
Voting Procedures for ORCID Board of Directors Elections
Elections will be held online via a secure voting web page. The named voting contacts at all ORCID member organizations in good standing as of October 8, 2018 will be sent details about how to vote -- either online or in person at an ORCID Members webinar on December 7, 2018, where we will count ballots and announce the results. For the election to be valid, at least 10% of eligible members must participate.
Want to know more? Here are additional details about Board elections.
The 2019 Slate
Richard Ikeda (second term), National Institutes of Health, US. Richard Ikeda's training, education, and previous work experience was as a scientist. He received a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology, and completed an NIH postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School in 1996, before moving to Georgia Tech as an Assistant Professor and later an Associate Professor. In 1999, he joined the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as a program director within the National Institute of General Medical Studies (NIGMS), where one of his major accomplishments was the establishment of the NIGMS Exploratory Wound Healing Centers. Since 2010 he has been Director of the Office of Research Information Systems within the Office of the NIH Director, Office of Extramural Research.
Veronique Kiermer (second term), PLOS, US. Veronique Kiermer was a scientist before choosing publishing as a career path. She earned a PhD in molecular biology from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, and completed her postdoctoral training at the Gladstone Institute, University of California, San Francisco. She started her career in publishing in 2004 as the founding Chief Editor of Nature Methods, ultimately becoming Director of Author and Reviewer Services for Nature Publishing Group. Since 2015, she has been Executive Editor at the Public Library of Science (PLOS), a non-profit publisher and advocacy organization dedicated to open access to scientific knowledge, where she works closely with the editorial teams of all PLOS journals, both professional staff editors and academic volunteers, to continually improve the communication of research and promote open science.
Robert Kiley (second term), Wellcome Trust, UK. Robert Kiley is Head of Open Research at the Wellcome Trust, responsible for developing and implementing an open research strategy to help ensure that researchers are equipped, empowered and motivated to make research outputs findable, accessible and usable – and to use these outputs to accelerate research and improve health. Over the past decade he has played a leading role in the implementation of Wellcome’s open access policy and overseeing the development of the Europe PubMed Central repository. He also acts as the point of contact for eLife, the open-access research journal, launched in 2012 with the support of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Max Planck Society and the Wellcome Trust, and has more recently championed the work to create a new open publishing platform for Wellcome researchers – Wellcome Open Research. Prior to his current role he was Head of Digital Services at the Wellcome Library, responsible for managing the development of the Wellcome Digital Library.
Shouguang Xie, Social Sciences Academic Press, China. Shouguang Xie is the President of Social Sciences Academic Press (SSAP), Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). SSAP is a leading publisher in Social Sciences and Humanities, with great influence among Chinese scholars. He is the Secretary-General of the Chinese Sociological Association, Secondary Level Research of CASS, a professor of the Graduate School of CASS, Distinguished Professor of Huaqiao University, and Visiting Professor of Beijing Institute of Graphic Communication and Anhui University. Shouguang Xie received Special State Council Allowance from 1993, the National Young and Mid-aged Editors prize in 1996, the Leading Talents in the National Press and Publishing Industry honor in 2008, the Taofen Publishing Award in 2009, and the 4th China Government Publishing Award for Outstanding Publisher (personal) in 2017. He has been positioned as an expert in the National Social Science Foundation Discipline Planning Evaluation Group since 2013.