March 16, 2016 | Matt Cannon, Publisher (Publisher, Earth and Environmental Science) Elaine Devine, Senior Communications Manager (Author Relations)

Trialling ORCiD: what, why and how

Biological, Earth and Environmental Science journals trial including ORCiDs as standard in online submissions


An ORCiD is a digital identifier that links a researcher to their work, ensuring you and your research activities can be easily distinguished and identified. It’s free to register and takes just 30 seconds to do.

At Taylor & Francis, ORCiDs can be added to a manuscript in ScholarOne Manuscripts and Editorial Manager as researchers make their submission. Once published, that ORCiD will be on the first page of the article PDF on Taylor & Francis Online, meaning others can use it to see what else that researcher has published and to identify other professional activities.

Trialling ORCiDs on Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences journals

To encourage the inclusion of ORCiDs when researchers submit their manuscripts to a Taylor & Francis or Routledge journal, some of the journals on our Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences lists are now requesting that lead authors include these as standard (with co-authors also asked to register their ORCiD).

On these journals the lead author (plus journal editors, editorial boards and peer reviewers) will be prompted to add their ORCiD when they create a new account, or log into an existing one. For journal editors, the inclusion of ORCiDs should save time and reduce any errors in names or affiliations on submitted manuscripts.

Why are we trialling the standard inclusion of ORCiDs at manuscript submission?

  • Increased transparency for authors: helping others to identify their published research, grant applications and other activities.
  • Reflecting regional naming conventions: increasingly important for authors from regions such as Asia and Latin America, and in step with the needs of a global research community.
  • Saving time and reducing errors: From May 2016, ORCiD will auto-complete an author’s first and last name and email address in ScholarOne Manuscripts, saving time and reducing the potential for errors. This functionality also allows authors to overwrite out of date email addresses in their existing ScholarOne Manuscripts account. Additionally, authors can search for their co-author’s ORCiD directly from within our submission systems, allowing co-authors to be fully acknowledged for their contribution.

Implementing the ORCiD trial

108 journals on the biological, earth and environmental sciences list will be part of this trial, and on 37 of these lead authors will need to include an ORCiD at the point of submission.

Uptake and feedback will be compared to groups where lead authors have received information on the benefits of ORCID at the point of submission but have not had to include an ORCiD, and to a group where there has been no change to the normal process.

Throughout the trial we will be monitoring uptake and feedback from authors and journal editors, and will share the progress and results. We have guidance for authors on how to register for an ORCiD and include it in an online submission on our Author Services website, which journal editors can use if they receive any queries.

Tell us what you think

Do you have an ORCiD? What do you think of the trial? Are you interested in the results, or and would like this to be on your journal? Get in touch with your managing editor, or tweet @tandfeditors and tell us your views.

Published: March 16, 2016 | Author: Matt Cannon, Publisher (Publisher, Earth and Environmental Science) Elaine Devine, Senior Communications Manager (Author Relations) | Category: Front page, Managing my journal, News and ideas | Tagged with: