Will the ORCID appear in the article people write? I could not find an article in which ORCID was included. Can somebody point out some examples if there are any?

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    Papers, authored and co-authored by a person, are supposed to be listed (currently, AFAIK, manually) in the relevant section(s) of the person's ORCID profile, which uniquely identifies researcher via the corresponding ORCID ID. That one-way linkage, while not ideal, is, at least, better than no linkage at all. Commented Oct 15, 2015 at 23:09
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    "ORCID ID" is one more item in the list that contains "AC current", "ICBM missile," "ATM machine", and "PIN number". Commented Oct 16, 2015 at 8:58
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    @yashar Requiring ORCIDs in the source paper would make it impossible to build a complete record for anyone who began publishing before this was standard. Yes, this means you can indeed cheat by claiming other people's papers - the system is not intended to guard against abusive behaviour. Commented Oct 26, 2015 at 16:33
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    @AndreasBlass OK, but still it there are differences between the organization running ORCID ("ORCID"), a profile on that system ("ORCID record"), and its identifier ("ORCID iD").
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    Commented Oct 26, 2015 at 21:35
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    @yashar The benefit is what it always was - identification. It's not intended to be an absolute legal guarantee of identity, just a way to easily distinguish two people with similar names. Commented Oct 27, 2015 at 13:13

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ORCID identifiers do not mean much when you write them on the first page of a paper. Humans usually prefer to see affiliations or email addresses, because they carry more meaning.

However, ORCID iDs are very useful when they are included in the metadata associated with the article. This helps search engines and research information systems identify the authors the paper. As this metadata is rarely shown directly to users, it is not so easy to observe ORCID iDs in the wild. Here are a few examples:


Europe PMC have been displaying it on the site since 2013. Nature also started in 2013 - click on Chen Dong's name in this article and you'll see his ORCID ID. There are plenty of other examples out there, Springer, Wiley etc etc.

ORCID adoption by journals is increasing day by day. Most major journals now accept it upon submission. Many of the big publishers are on the board. Many funders ask for it. Wellcome mandates it.

Some publishers display ORCID IDs on their article pages or author pages, others have not yet got round to it. Even if they are not yet displaying it on their article pages, the ID is often propagated to Crossref or Datacite via DOI metadata. This helps discoverability and disambiguation and also allows for auto updating of ORCID records.

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