Mandating the Use of ORCID

The most important scientific publishers in physics and chemistry encourage researchers to register with ORCID. They collect ORCIDs in their manuscript submission and peer review systems and some include ORCIDs in the articles themselves.

Only some journals require an ORCID. But others will follow. When submitting a paper to a journal of the American Chemical Society corresponding authors are required to provide their own personal ORCID before completing the submission process. SpringerNature is running a six-month trial to mandate ORCIDs for authors publishing across 46 of their journals (e.g. Nature Chemistry; Nature Physics).

Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) is a non-profit organization which aims to establish a registry for author identificaton as the de facto standard like the ISBN for books or the DOI for online publications.

Benefits of having an ORCID:

  • solves the name ambiguity problem (name equivalence, change of name, different spelling)
  • associates your scientific output (articles, datasets and others) with your biography
  • updates your publication list in your ORCID profile automatically – you can enable automatic updates from data providers, e.g. CrossRef, Scopus, ResearcherID – Web of Science
  • simplifies communication, e.g. for grant submissions, article submissions or meeting registrations

Introduction to ORCID

Brown, Josh: ORCID: an introduction, Presentation at the 1. ORCID DE Outreach Workshop. Potsdam, Germany, October 25, 2016

Vierkant, Paul: ORCID in Deutschland – Stand und Perspektive, 1. ORCID DE-Webinar: ORCID – eine Einführung für wissenschaftliche Einrichtungen (Potsdam 2017)

Chemistry World in a New Look

chemistryworldThe Royal Society of Chemistry has relaunched the portal Chemistry World.

It combines the magazine “Chemistry World” (1965 to 2003 under the title “Chemistry in Britain”) with further information on the fields of chemistry, biotechnology and biology. It provides news, articles, podcasts as well as videos and thematic webinars.

Statement on Scientific Publications

The Academie des sciences, the Leopoldina and the Royal Society have published a set of principles with the aim of defining best practice for scientific journals. The guidelines include four fundamental principles:

1- Efficient and high-quality dissemination of scientific information.
2- The avoidance of all forms of conflict of interest.
3- The necessity to ensure fair reviewing of articles.
4- Keeping the handling and decision-making processes regarding scientific articles entirely under the control of well-recognised scientists.” (See press release)

Over that the three societies support the principles of open access (both “green” and “gold” routes). They “believe that the funds currently spent on journal subscriptions should be re-directed to fund publication charges“.