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 | 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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2 comments on "ORCIDs in Europe PMC"

Steffi_S. says:

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.

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.

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