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ORCID launches Crossref and DataCite Auto-Update


ORCID, the non-profit organization that is working to address the name ambiguity problem in scholarly communications by providing a registry of persistent identifiers for researchers, today announced the launch of Auto-Update functionality, in collaboration with Crossref and DataCite.

Now, ORCID registrants who use their unique ORCID identifier (iD) when submitting a manuscript or dataset can opt to have their ORCID record automatically updated when their work is made public.

In addition, other systems that have integrated the ORCID registry and connected a researcher's ORCID record -- their faculty profile system, library repository, webpage, funder reporting system -- can also choose to receive alerts from ORCID, allowing research information to move easily and unambiguously across multiple systems.

Crossref and DataCite, both non-profit organizations, are leaders in registering DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers - a unique alphanumeric string assigned to a digital object) for research publications and datasets. Each DOI is associated with a set metadata and a URL pointer to the full text, so that it uniquely identifies the content item and provides a persistent link to its location on the internet. Between them, Crossref and DataCite have already received almost a half a million works from publishers and data centers that include an ORCID iD validated by the author/contributor. With Auto-Update functionality in place, provided the researcher includes her/his ORCID iD at submission, information about these works can transit (with the researcher's permission) to her/his ORCID record.

ORCID Executive Director, Laure Haak, warmly welcomed this new development: "Auto-update's benefit to scholarly communications is something that publishers, librarians, funders, and researchers can all agree on: it is a game changer."

Ed Pentz, Executive Director of Crossref, agrees: "This integration with ORCID and our ongoing collaboration with DataCite aims to build on existing infrastructure, tying systems together to save time for researchers. We have a drive to encourage even more publishers to deposit ORCID iDs with us and would like to invite people to a webinar to learn more".

And Patricia Cruse, Executive Director of DataCite adds: "We all share the goal of "good science" and making it easier for researchers to share their work is a big part of that goal. By ORCID, CrossRef and DataCite working together on Auto-update we are able to provide an easy way for researchers to further expose their work."


More information is available on the ORCID blog:


We are Crossref, a not-for-profit membership organization for scholarly publishing working to make content easy to find, cite, link, and assess. We do it in five ways: rallying the community; tagging metadata; running a shared infrastructure; playing with new technology; and making tools and services to improve research communications. For more information please contact Anna Tolwinska, Marketing Manager, at


DataCite is an international not-for-profit organisation which aims to make research data more accessible. Through collaboration, Datacite supports researchers by helping them to find, identify, and cite research data; data centres by providing persistent identifiers, workflows and standards; and journal publishers by enabling research articles to be linked to the underlying data/objects. For further information please contact Patricia Cruse, Executive Director, at


ORCID is a community-driven non-profit organization that aims to solve the name ambiguity problem in research and scholarly communications. ORCID maintains a central registry of unique identifiers for individual researchers and provides open and transparent processes for connecting ORCID iDs with persistent identifiers for people, organizations, and research activities and outputs. Connecting these identifiers can improve the research and scholarly discovery process, reduce reporting burdens, increase the efficiency of research funding, and support sharing and collaboration within the research community. For more information contact Laurel Haak, ORCID Executive Director, at

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