Springer Nature reaches ORCID milestone

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Springer Nature has reached an important milestone, with more than 200,000 ORCID identifiers in use for journal article submissions. This follows November’s announcement that Springer Nature will be the first publisher to enable all Springer and Palgrave Macmillan authors and editors to apply their ORCID IDs to academic books and chapters.

Nature Publishing Group originally founded ORCID with Thomson Reuters in 2010, in order to create an open cross-industry funded researcher profile system. Springer Nature is one of the top publisher referrers to ORCID.

ORCID identifiers give researchers a unique digital code that distinguishes them from every other researcher and links their publication record, reducing confusion and ensuring that academics get recognition for their work.

Steven Inchcoombe, managing director of the Nature Research Group at Springer Nature said: 'We set up ORCID because we believed that our community needed this open service. Six years on, the proliferation of global research means that this need has never been greater.'

He continues: 'We are proud of ORCID’s achievements. In less than six years, over 1.82million live records have been created and their end of year review shows that these are associated with nearly five million unique DOIs. We would like to applaud the team at ORCID, all those who have already registered, and other like-minded organisations working to ensure that every academic is properly credited for the research they do.

'Springer Nature applies best practice for ORCID implementation and management in its publishing and we welcome the other publishers that have expressed their commitment to this today.'

Laurel L. Haak, executive director at ORCID, said: 'Nature Publishing Group were among the first supporters of ORCID, and have been trailblazers demonstrating how ORCID IDs can be successfully incorporated into publishing systems. Springer Nature is one of the largest publisher referrers to ORCID.  We are delighted that they have reached this landmark figure of 200,000 IDs used.'