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31 May 2019

Press strengthens commitment to ORCID uptake

Cambridge University Press will now make ORCID identifiers (iDs) a requirement for 127 of its journals, in order to better link researchers with their work.

ORCID is a not-for-profit organisation that provides researchers with unique, persistent digital identifiers that they can use in linking their activities across the research ecosystem. This increases discoverability, allows researchers to distinguish themselves from others and ensures that work is correctly attributed. ORCID is supported by a global community of research organisations, publishers, funders, professional associations and others.

The Press is the latest publisher to add its name to an open letter committing it to require ORCID iDs from its corresponding journal authors and calling for others to follow its example.

Brigitte Shull, Director of Scholarly Communications R&D at the Press, said: “We are doing this because we believe ORCID is hugely beneficial – to our authors, our partners, institutions, funders, and publishers – in creating a more streamlined, intelligent and transparent research ecosystem.”

Alice Meadows, Director of Communications at ORCID, said: ‘We appreciate Cambridge University Press’s support. As a signatory to the ORCID publishers open letter they’re not only committing to require iDs for their authors but, just as importantly, to following our best practices. This means that their authors can be confident that they will be correctly connected with their publications, and can also opt to have them automatically added to their ORCID record.’

The requirement for an ORCID iD will initially apply to around a third of the Press’s journals, with the aim of increasing that number over time as community support continues to grow.

Brigitte said: “Used properly, ORCID iDs provide greater discoverability for research publications, efficiencies for publisher and funder systems, and convenience for researchers when managing multiple platform accounts and activities. As a publisher we can play our part in establishing ORCiD as a new industry standard by asking our authors to provide an ID at the point of submission.”

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