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ORCID in Publishing Working Group

The publishing community has been an early and enthusiastic supporter of ORCID. Over 50 publishers have signed the open letter requiring  ORCID iDs for authors and pledging to adopt our best practices for publishers. More than 2000 publishers include ORCID iDs in their Crossref metadata, and well over 7000 journals request and include iDs in submission and publication. Publishers are also starting to embed ORCID in their books and conference proceedings workflows, and they have been early adopters of our peer review functionality, with more than quarter of a million review items added to ORCID records. Informal publishing platforms like Wordpress and Drupal have also added support for ORCID iD collection, and systems that rely on publication metadata have included ORCID iDs as a core data point for search and grouping.

Since this early adoption, there have been many developments at ORCID:


Publishing community knowledge and adoption of these developments has been uneven, so the purpose of this working group is twofold:

  1. Increase knowledge and adoption of new ORCID programs and initiatives by the publishing community
  2. Increase ways for the publishing community to inform and support existing and new programs and initiatives

We will work with the group to prioritize a set of key projects, including:

  • ORCID UI/UX in publishing: What is the best practice for including an ORCID button in publishing systems? Where does it go, and what is the desired user behavior? What is the interface for collecting information from ORCID records and using it in publishing systems? How can we improve the user experience in publishing workflows, including getting new items added to their records? This project will engage members of the community to explore these topics along with a specialist in the field of UI/UX design. The final deliverables will include a set of guidelines, graphical elements, and a promotion program for adopting the findings.
  • Third-party systems: Work collaboratively with third-party system providers in publishing to define core ORCID functionality in publication workflows and deliver a largely consistent experience to end users. We believe that this type of core functionality shouldn’t be a source of competitive advantage, and we will consult with these system providers to help define and implement additional functionality unique to them.
  • Requiring ORCID at submission: Do all third-party systems support this currently and, if not, how could it be achieved? Can publishers and service providers do more to promote their ORCID requirement to their user base and to widen uptake, incuding extending it to co-authors?
  • The ORCID experience for readers: How can we maximize the visibility and usefulness of ORCID iDs in published content to encourage readers to use the iD as a rich source of information.
  • Adopting ORCID - the publishing roadmap: Where do we want to get to, and how do we get from here to there? What can publishers do now, and what will require more time? We will build on a draft  roadmap, with the goal of engaging a diverse group of organizations in the discussion, to ensure it meets the needs of publishers in all regions, large and small, commercial and not-for-profit, and across all types and formats of publication.

Formation and membership

This is an ad hoc working group, initiated by ORCID’s Executive Director and chaired by a member of the ORCID Board. Its voluntary and invited membership consists of representatives from the broad publishing community from around the world. Members are selected by the chair, with staff and Board recommendations; membership will be reviewed annually. ORCID will recognize group members as outlined on our community page.


This group will be chaired by a member of the ORCID Board. To encourage a “safe space” for frank conversations, discussions during meetings and online conversation will be kept confidential; meetings and other communications, including document comments, will be considered closed. As with other ORCID groups, activity, status and outcomes of the group will be shared with the ORCID Board, and the group will together determine what can and should be shared more broadly with the community.


ORCID’s Director of Communications will facilitate the work of this group. General logistics include:

  • Document sharing: Documents will be produced and shared via Google docs or dropbox. All group members will have the ability to comment on documents.
  • Conference calls: Calls will be scheduled as needed, and will use DoodlePoll (or similar) to find a date/time suitable to most group members. Participation in these calls is encouraged, but not mandatory. An agenda will be shared prior to the meeting.

Working Group Members