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ORCID goes national in Germany

At ScienceOpen, there’s nothing more we like than good news for open science! That’s why we’re happy this week to see ORCID announcing a new partnership with the DFG, the German Research Foundation and major government funding body here, to support increased ORCID adoption in Germany.

The aim of this partnership is to standardise and integrated information that is currently distributed throughout more than 230 systems and databases in Germany. By adopting ORCID, this will support German universities and research institutes in implementing ORCID in a co-ordinated and sustainable approach.

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“Thanks to the financial support from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft we have now the opportunity to promote the use of ORCID in Germany. This is a strong signal for ORCID in Germany,” says Roland Bertelmann, head of the Library and Information Services at the German Research Centre for Geoscience (GFZ).

ORCID is a critical part of research infrastructure, acting as a unique identifier for researchers, and a sort of LinkedIn style profile with your published research, and educational and professional histories embedded, and partnered with tools such as CrossRef/Scopus to make content integration easy and automated.

At ScienceOpen, we’ve implemented ORCID across our platform since day 1, and are part of a major publisher-wide initiative for it. ORCID is used for:

  • Getting credit for peer reviews and Collections, which have CrossRef DOIs so automatically get picked up by ORCID;
  • Quality control for peer review, as we require a minimum of 5 ORCID items to perform formal public peer review;
  • Integrating your profile, as we facilitate simplified logging in and registration through ORCID;
  • An ORCID is required to publish with us too, so we know who you are!

This of course now means that engaging with the ScienceOpen platform for researchers in Germany just became a lot easier! Lucky them!