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Cambridge University Press and ORCID

ORCID is a not-for-profit organisation that provides unique identifiers for researchers. The identifiers are alphanumeric, non-proprietary free codes stored in an open and independent registry. When used throughout the research lifecycle, ORCIDs provide an excellent way for researchers to disambiguate their information and track their publications throughout their careers.

ORCID stands for Open Researcher and Contributor ID and is heavily supported by thousands of institutions, publishers and other academic organisations. More information on ORCID can be found here.

A free ORCID ID provides the means to reliably identify an author, regardless of name similarity, name changes, discipline changes and variations in the ways that names are presented. In turn, this has the potential to improve the world of scholarly communication for both author and publisher.

Twenty Cambridge journals now have a mandatory ORCID field that must be filled in as part of the submissions process: 

How will Cambridge University Press use my ORCID?

If you provide your ID during submission into Scholar One or Editorial Manager, we will:

  • Store it as part of the data related to your article. If you give permission to CrossRef, this means that your ORCID profile can be automatically updated with the publication. 
  • Display it on your published article on Core, with a link to your ORCID profile so that readers can easily find you and your other publications.

Longer term we’d like to use ORCID IDs to benefit the readers of the research we publish – for example, using them as a unique identifier to recommend articles written by the same author.

Why are you requiring ORCID for corresponding authors of some Cambridge journals?

We believe that higher ORCID uptake is going to provide benefits across the whole research ecosystem – for authors, researchers, institutions, funders and publishers alike. Used properly, ORCIDs provide greater discoverability for research publications, efficiencies for publisher and funder systems and convenience for researchers when managing multiple accounts and activities.

These positives increase the uptake of ORCID, so as a publisher we can play our part in establishing ORCID as a new industry standard by asking our authors to provide an ID at the point of submission.

How should I provide my ORCID?

You’ll need to submit your ID by using the special field in the submission systems for some Cambridge journals. When you click on the button to provide your ID, you will be taken to the ORCID page to log in so that we can check that you’re the owner of the ID and make sure you’ve given us permission to use it.

Unfortunately, IDs provided within manuscripts (for example in the Authorship section of your paper) cannot be authenticated in this way, meaning that we won’t be able to publish them on your final article.

Is there a cost to me for my ORCID?

No, ORCIDs are free to researchers. Cambridge University Press has a membership to ORCID and it is memberships like ours that help to fund the organisation.

Where can I find out more?

There is a downloadable Guide to ORCID here.