Why did you do this?
We wanted to support our authors in sharing their discoveries and helping them to receive proper credit for doing so. In April 2017 we introduced a trial to mandate ORCID identifiers for corresponding authors of primary research manuscripts at 46 journals across our portfolios. The trial ran for six months, and the mandate was applied at different stages of the manuscript processing: 14 Nature-branded research journals required iDs at acceptance, while 10 BioMed Central (BMC) and 22 Springer journals did so at initial submission. Corresponding authors were able to share their ORCID identifier in the manuscript tracking system (via the ORCID API); without this step the submission would not proceed to the next stage.
The response from the research communities was a positive one. There were no instances reported of authors who refused to provide an ORCID identifier at acceptance for the 14 Nature-branded journals, and no observable drop in submissions to the BMC and Springer journals participating in the trial that could be related to the mandate. For more detailed results from the trial see our guest blog post on the ORCID web site.
Following the success of the trial, we have kept the requirements for the trial titles, and plan to expand the number of journals that require an ORCID iD for submission over the coming months.
Which journals require an ORCID iD?
Journals that require an ORCID iD are:
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.
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 iD?
During the article submission process there is 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 is a link to the page on orcid.org where you can very easily register for one. This process is quick and absolutely free.
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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