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Publishers to require researcher ID

The American Association for the Advancement of Science, PLOS and EMBO Press are amongst publishers that will require ORCID numbers for authors from 2016.

A group of eight journals and publishers signed up to an open letter on 1 January committing them to require ORCID identifiers for corresponding authors of published papers starting in 2016. These include the publishers PLOS, EMBO Press, the Royal Society, IEEE, Hindawi and the American Geophysical Union. The Science journals, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and eLife, published by the Wellcome Trust, have also signed up.

The open letter says that its signatories hope that their action will inspire researchers, research funders, research institutions and other publishers to adopt the identifiers. On a webpage hosting the letter, the ORCID organisation said that in a recent survey it conducted of about 6,000 people, more than 70 per cent said they would welcome compulsory use of ORCID identifiers by publishers. 

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