The American Physical Society (APS) and IOP Publishing (IOPP) have signed the ORCID Open Letter, requiring the collection of ORCID iDs in their publishing processes.

ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a not-for-profit organization that provides a unique digital name, or iD, which identifies researchers and scholars, and distinguishes them from others with similar names. By connecting this iD to all their research activities, publications, and affiliations, researchers will benefit from improved recognition, reduce reporting burdens, and can ensure they get full credit for their work.

APS and IOP Publishing and will collect ORCID iDs for all corresponding authors through the ORCID API, and will display the identifiers in articles published in their journals.

About the author

Alison Verbeck is the Physics Librarian at Washington University. For more information, contact Alison: alison@wustl.edu