Thursday, 21 November 2013

ORCIDs in Europe PMC

Following the development of the ORCID-based Article Claiming Tool (see this blog post), Europe PMC has now integrated ORCIDs into its website, search systems, and web services. This is proving useful for authors who want to show their publications list unambiguously on the Europe PMC website, allowing them to show for each article citation counts, linked data sets, and full text availability in Europe PMC.

Currently over 425K articles in Europe PMC have been linked to 57K ORCIDs, a count that grows significantly with each update from the ORCID foundation.

ORCIDs are now shown in two ways on articles:
  1. In the article author list, when an author has linked the article to their ORCID, there is an option to search by ORCID rather than author name.
  2. As a list of ORCIDs at the end of an abstract, with the name of the author in the mouse-over. Clicking triggers a search on that ORCID
See, for example, the article that describes the initial sequence of the human genome:

ORCID-based author searching is particularly useful for people who have frequently occurring last names, or have changed their name, but also in the case of Consortium authorship, it allows scientists to claim their contribution to these works - something that name-based author searching cannot do in many cases.

For those interested in programmatic access, we have incorporated ORCIDs into the core response of the RESTful web service, linking the ORCID to specific author names as far as possible, and including a complete ORCID list for each record.

If you use the Europe PMC Article-Claiming tool and/or make your ORCID bibliography public, your ORCID will be shown in Europe PMC as described above, when there is corresponding content available. We will soon be making the associations made using the Article-claiming tool available on a more immediate basis, and welcome any further suggestions for improvement from our users. 

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  1. Hi! Is it necessary that the articles are already in Europe PMC or can they also be in the normal Pubmed? Or is there another "Author name curation service" for Pubmed via linking to the own ORCID?

    Best regards
    Steffi S.

    1. The ORCID tool is a unique feature of Europe PMC, not offered by PubMed. So certainly the article must exist in Europe PMC in order for you to claim it there. However you can also claim an article via, and if it is in the scope of Europe PMC then the association should appear usually within 24 hours. Note that with the exception of a few journals, that do not allow their content to be distributed internationally (outside of PubMed), PubMed content is mirrored to Europe PMC.