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Edward O'Breen | Marketing & Brand Manager EES and Evise, Elsevier

October last year saw the launch of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributors ID repository. The scheme allows academics, researchers and contributors to register for a unique ID which can be used to reliably identify individuals in the same way that ISBNs and DOIs identify books and articles.

Elsevier has now taken the first steps to fully integrate ORCID into the editorial and publishing process. Over the coming months we will gradually roll out functionality in the Elsevier Editorial System (EES) and other systems with the aim of fully supporting ORCID by Q4 2013.

The rollout will be phased as follows:

Phase 1

As of June 11, 2013, researchers can link their ORCID to their consolidated EES user profile.

Phase 2

A corresponding author’s ORCID, if linked to the consolidated EES user profile, will be added to the article metadata. As a result, the published article will automatically appear in the corresponding author’s ORCID list of published works. This functionality will be launched in July 2013.

Phase 3

Co-authors’ ORCIDs, if provided during submission of the paper, will be added to the article metadata. The published article will then automatically be added to the ORCID list of published works for all authors who shared their ORCID with EES. This functionality will be available in Q3 of 2013.

Phase 4

Authorized users, e.g. editors and journal managers, will be able to find people in EES using the ORCID as a search term. This feature is of value to EES users who select and invite reviewers. Using the ORCID removes ambiguity when searching for people. This functionality will be available in Q4 of 2013.