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Ben Rowe | Service Manager, Operations, Elsevier

The use of ORCID - Open Researcher and Contributor ID - is growing in the publishing community. Elsevier has now integrated ORCID functionality into EES with the aim of making it even easier for authors to link their ORCIDs to their publication history, while also providing benefits to reviewers and you as editors.

What is ORCID?

ORCID is a not-for-profit organization founded by academic institutions, professional bodies, funding agencies and publishers in 2010. Elsevier is among the founding sponsors and helped to fund the initiative through loans and donations of money and staff time. By registering with ORCID, users receive a unique digital identifier, also called ORCID, to which they can link their published articles and other professional activities. Authors then have a single record of all their research, which can be made public.

This can reduce or eliminate confusion when the same person's name appears in different ways in various publications, when people have the same or similar names, or when people change their name, e.g. following marriage.

Put simply, an ORCID provides a unique identity for researchers — an ‘author DOI’ — similar to that used for publications.

How is ORCID integrated into EES?

Users with a consolidated user profile can now add their ORCID to their personal information on EES. Linking an ORCID in one journal automatically links it to all of the journals in their consolidated profile.

Those corresponding authors with a consolidated profile that don’t already have an ORCID linked to their profile will be offered the chance to link their ORCID as part of the submission process.

Co-authors also have the opportunity to link their ORCID. When the corresponding author completes submission to the journal, an email is automatically sent to all co-authors. The email contains instructions for linking their ORCID to the submitted paper. This linking is done on a stand-alone page without co-authors being required to register for an EES account.

Full details on linking an ORCID on EES are available on our ORCID article on the Support Hub.

Is adding an ORCID on EES optional?

Yes, linking an ORCID is entirely optional. We do encourage usage but we will never make it mandatory.

How does this benefit EES users?

Editors
You can now search for reviewers on EES using an ORCID, which will help to ensure the right person is contacted when names are similar.  If a user has linked his ORCID to his EES profile, the ORCID will be displayed in an additional column in the profile as a clickable link that opens the user’s public record on the ORCID website. This will allow you to see the full list of research linked to that user, which will help with identifying suitable reviewers.

Authors
When a paper is accepted and published in one of our journals, the ORCID will be included as part of the submission metadata. This metadata is sent to CrossRef, which in turn forwards it to ORCID. The article is then added automatically to the user’s list of works in his public profile on the ORCID website.

Reviewers
When reviewers have linked their ORCID on EES, you as editors will be able to view the public record on ORCID and gauge their suitability for a particular review. This should help to ensure that reviewers are not invited to review submissions outside their area of expertise.

Where can I get more information on ORCID?

The ORCID website contains a wealth of information on ORCID, including a list of FAQs. On this website you can also register for your unique ORCID.

A recent article on Elsevier Connect provides information on the growth of ORCID.

A Support Hub article on ORCID is available that provides information on ORCID and EES, including a guide to how to link an ORCID.