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What do Board members do?

The ORCID Board is responsible for ensuring the organization is acting in the best interests of ORCID stakeholders. To this end, the Board provides strategic guidance for the successful achievement of ORCID’s mission. The Board oversees the management of ORCID and its organizational performance, reviews high-level organizational goals and policies, makes high-level decisions, reviews Executive Director performance, and serves as a community advocate for ORCID. The Board is supported by the Executive Director and a full-time professional staff, who are responsible for day-to-day operations and recommending goals and policies. Board members must commit to attending in-person meetings 3 times per annum.

Who may serve?

Any employee, officer, or director of an ORCID Member is eligible to be nominated for election to the ORCID Board of Directors. The term of service is three years. Note that at any one time, there may be only one Board Director representing any one ORCID member or member consortium. 

ORCID also elects up to two researchers to the Board; their organization need not be an ORCID member.

Is there an attempt to balance non-profit and corporate membership?

As stated in our Bylaws, the Board is comprised of a majority of individuals representing members that are non-profit institutions.  Every attempt is made to balance the Board by skills (technical, financial, management) and sector (academia, funding, government, publishing, etc.).

Are Board members compensated?

Board members are not compensated and are expected to pay their way to Board meetings, however, there is a Board Meeting Attendance Fund (see below).  ORCID will pay for the unaffiliated researcher members to participate in Board meetings.  Note that Board meetings usually alternate between North America and Europe, with occasional locations in Asia and Latin America.  Meetings typically last 1.5 days and may be scheduled back-to-back with ORCID-supporting engagements such as a workshop or outreach meeting, which would necessitate an additional one day commitment to ORCID.

What is the Board Meeting Attendance Fund?

As a community-governed organization, we strive for broad representation, across sectors and regions. To achieve this goal, in addition to an open nominations process, we have established a Board Meeting Attendance Fund for Board Directors who are aligned with a member organization and who need additional financial support to attend an ORCID Board meeting.  The Fund is intended to supplement the support that a Board Director’s organization is able to provide. The Fund covers expenses directly related to facilitating meeting attendance, such as airfare, hotel, visas, meals, dependant care expenses, accessibility requirements, or translation services. For more information, please see this ORCID Board Meeting Attendance Fund document.

What is the nominations process?

We are accepting recommendations for the 2021 Board Slate. All ORCID Members are eligible to have representatives serve as ORCID Directors. Please use this nominations form to submit a candidate, before 1 August. For more information on the nominations process, see the Nominating Committee Charter for information.

When are elections?

Elections are by majority vote of the ORCID members on a slate presented by the Nominating Committee following approval by the Board. Write-in candidates may be nominated by any group of twenty (20) or more Members (including no more than one member of a specific Consortium) no more than 30 days after the slate is announced.  If write-in candidates are received, elections are by plurality vote among the slate and any write-in candidate.  For more information on proposing write-in candidates, see the ORCID Bylaws, Article III Section 2b. Elections are carried out by electronic ballot.

What is the term of service and how is succession handled? 

Directors are elected for staggered three-year terms, so we hold elections every year. Directors may stand for election for a maximum of two consecutive terms.


Updated: 8 May 2020