Name ambiguity is an issue that is familiar to any author with a common name, a name change after marriage, or a middle initial used in some bylines but not in others. This problem has been solved by ORCID, an open, nonprofit, community-based registry of unique researcher identifiers that links each author to his/her research activities and outputs.
Since 2013, the JBJS manuscript submission system (Editorial Manager) has incorporated a link to the ORCID site, where authors can, for free and in less than a minute, establish or retrieve their unique 16-digit ORCID ID and include it in their author profile. Now, in light of the explosion of scientific literature in musculoskeletal medicine and surgery, the time has come for us to require ORCID registration by our authors. Thus, beginning on January 1, 2017, each corresponding author must include his/her ORCID ID in Editorial Manager when submitting a manuscript to JBJS. Authors who do not have an ORCID ID can simply establish one through the ORCID link provided in Editorial Manager.
Once registered in ORCID, you can create the personal record to which your ID is linked. You can enter your professional background and contact information, publications, affiliations, grants, and links to other identifiers. You control which information to include and how much is accessible to others.
An ORCID ID is being increasingly required for grant applications and other submissions worldwide. Thus, we believe that our author community will find the requirement valuable in many of their academic pursuits.
Find out everything that you need to know about ORCID here.