ORCID scheme introduced across all IOP Publishing journals

11 Sep 2017



As part of IOP Publishing’s commitment to ensuring researchers get full credit for their work, we are now requiring ORCID identifiers for all corresponding authors submitting their work to IOP Publishing-owned journals.

Open Researcher and Contributor ID, known as ORCID, is a not-for-profit organisation that provides a unique digital name, or ID, which identifies researchers and scholars and distinguishes them from others with similar names. By connecting this iD to all their research activities, publications, and affiliations, researchers will able to benefit from improved recognition, reduce reporting burdens, and ensure they receive full credit for their work.

Jamie Hutchins, Publishing Director for IOP Publishing, said: “We signed up to the ORCID scheme earlier this summer, as part of our ongoing commitment to improving the researcher experience of the scholarly publishing process in the fields that we represent.

“It is extremely important that researchers are correctly recognised for their work, whether as an author, reviewer or editor, and that the community is able to cite work without confusion. ORCID identifiers make this easier, by removing the confusion that can be caused by similarities between researchers’ names, name changes, movement between institutions, inconsistencies in abbreviations, and cultural differences in how names are presented.”

In addition, with several major funders now requiring ORCID IDs as part of their grant application process, this could help reduce the administrative burden on researchers as well as providing scholarly benefits.

From September 11 2017, IOP Publishing will require ORCID IDs from corresponding authors submitting to all its owned journals. ORCID IDs will be collected at submission, through our journals’ ScholarOne system.

This will allow IOP Publishing to automatically update researchers’ ORCID records when their articles are published and continue with our highly successful collaboration with Publons to acknowledge the vital work carried out by reviewers, helping to connect all their research activities, publications, and affiliations.

The announcement comes at the start of Peer Review Week, an industry-wide event that celebrates, and educates people about, peer review.