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NCA Journals Now Use ORCID

January 13, 2015

Authors who have their articles published in any of NCA’s 11 journals may now use ORCID, a system that disambiguates one researcher from another and facilitates searches for academic scholarship. Taylor & Francis recently incorporated ORCID into its journals, allowing disambiguation among not only its journal articles, but also authors’ datasets, outputs of research projects, patents, and more.

The ability of authors to link their outputs brings greater discoverability. ORCID ensures that common ambiguities in the scholarly record are significantly reduced. For example, it:

  • makes a distinction between John Smith working at Institute X and John Smith working at Institute Y;
  • demonstrates that John Smith is the same individual as J. Smith; and
  • links Sarah Jones to research completed under her previous name, Sarah Brown.

The linking of a unique ID created and kept up to date by the author should reduce the number of affiliation errors. When authors move institutions or positions and change the record associated with their ORCID, this will be reflected in future submissions via the system. The ORCID system will also draw information into the ScholarOne Manuscripts system, prepopulating fields, and therefore reducing duplicated records created by journals, academic institutions, funders, and co-authors.

In addition to facilitating discoverability and visibility for the version of scholarly record, ORCID means authors have a record of their published article available in perpetuity and linked to their unique identifier. While it is not mandatory for NCA journal authors to submit an ORCID, Taylor & Francis encourages its adoption and recommends  that authors who have an ORCID provide it when submitting articles and display it wherever appropriate—on department pages, in email signatures, etc.

If you do not yet have an ORCID, visit to sign up. Further information on ORCID can be found on the Taylor & Francis Editor Resources web page.