ORCID IDs at Springer Nature

Share your discoveries and receive recognition for your work

What is ORCID?


More about ORCID

Why should I register for an ORCID iD?

Many researchers share the same name, while others’ names might change their name or publish under different names during their career. With an ORCID iD, your name will be consistently and correctly associated with your research work and affiliation(s). And, if you use your iD during the submission process, and grant Crossref permission, together we will update your ORCID record whenever you publish an article with us.

Registering for an ORCID is very quick and easy to do – it takes about 30 seconds.


Do I need an institutional email address to register for

You don’t need to have an official affiliation and there is no set of requirements to qualify as a researcher.  Personal and/or institutional
emails are both valid for use in your ORCID account.

How will others know what my ORCID ID is?

On your published work at Springer Nature, the ORCID icon will appear next to your name. This shows that you have validated your ORCID iD during the manuscript submission process. The ORCID icon is displayed on the pdf as well as on the website. Clicking on the icon will take readers to your record on orcid.org, allowing them to discover information about you and your work that you choose to make publicly accessible. We also tag your ORCID iD in our PDF metadata, MARC records for librarians and internal metadata so it is machine readable.


Are there other identifiers that researchers can use?

Yes, and you can enhance your ORCID record with your professional information from other systems by linking it to your other identifiers (such as Scopus iD or ResearcherID.)

The Springer Nature ORCID mandate trial

Why are you doing this?

We want our authors to share their discoveries and receive proper credit for doing so, which is why we have introduced a six-month trial to mandate ORCID iDs for authors publishing across 46 of our journals effective as of April 27, 2017.

Hundreds of thousands of our authors already support ORCID, and our technical and production platforms are already very well integrated, but we hope that the upcoming trial will go further to ensure that even more academics register for an ORCID iD and get recognition for their work. We are very proud of the growth of ORCID, an organisation that we helped to set up back in 2010. We have also signed the open letter on ‘Requiring ORCID in Publication Workflows’


How do I know which journals require an ORCID ID?

Journals trialling the ORCID mandate will include:

From Nature Research

Nature Astronomy; Nature Cell Biology; Nature Chemistry; Nature Climate Change; Nature Ecology & Evolution; Nature Genetics; Nature Human Behaviour; Nature Immunology; Nature Methods; Nature Microbiology; Nature Neuroscience; Nature Physics; Nature Plants; Nature Structural and Molecular Biology.

From BioMed Central

BMC Evolutionary Biology; BMC Genetics; BMC Microbiology; BMC Neuroscience; BMC Veterinary Research; BMC Anesthesiology; BMC Cardiovascular Disorders; BMC Medical Genetics; BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making; BMC Women’s Health.

From Springer

Agroforestry Systems; Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics; Breast Cancer Research and Treatment; Clinical and Experimental Medicine; Clinical and Translational Oncology; Comparative Clinical Pathology; Environmental Chemistry Letters; European Archives of ORL; European Journal of Forest Research; International Journal of System Assurance Engineering and Management; Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology; Journal of Molecular Neuroscience; Journal of Neuro-Oncology; Lung; Medical Oncology; Molecular Neurobiology; Neurological Sciences; Neurosurgical Review; Obesity Surgery; Reviews in Environmental Science and Bio-Technology; Techniques in Coloproctology.

From Springer Open



Where do I indicate my ORCID?

During the article submission process there will be a clearly marked place within the manuscript submission system for the corresponding author to input their ORCID ID. We will subsequently collect and store the authenticated iDs so that next time your use our system your information will already be available.

If you do not already have an ORCID ID, there will be a link to the page on orcid.org where you can very easily register for one. This process is quick and absolutely free.


How will this trial be measured and evaluated?

The trial will last for six months and researchers’ perceptions will be evaluated at the end of that period. If you would like to give us feedback on this trial, please contact: onlineservice@springernature.com


Can I also use ORCID for books and chapters I publish with Springer Nature?

Absolutely! In November 2015 Springer Nature announced that they would be the first publisher to enable all Springer and Palgrave Macmillan authors and editors to apply their ORCID IDs to academic books and chapters.


How is ORCID integrated at Springer Nature?

Springer Nature is the first major publisher to be awarded the Authenticate, Collect, Display, and Connect badges for ORCID’s integration and engagement program, Collect & Connect, developed to streamline the integration process and foster a shared user experience.

We have implemented ORCID iDs in book, proceedings and journal workflows so that authors and editors benefit from all the advantages of ORCID. Submitted and verified ORCID iDs appear on the article PDF, website and in the underlying metadata XML. This enables authors with an ORCID iD to authorize Crossref to automatically push information about their published work to their ORCID record every time you publish using your ORCID iD.

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Additional information

ORCID, what, why, how?

Springer ORCID information

Information on ORCIDs and Proceedings