From the outset, we have benefited greatly from community involvement. The ORCID community currently includes everyone who supports our mission, including researchers and organizations involved in research—universities, laboratories, commercial research companies, research funders, publishers, patent offices, repositories, professional societies, and more—as well as organizations that build systems that support information management among and between these groups.
Active Community Groups
This section lists our current active groups. Please feel free to browse our historical groups here.
Partnerships Throughout ORCID’s History
In our early days, we were supported by a group of dedicated volunteers on our business, outreach, and technical working groups. These volunteers helped us clarify community needs and requirements, provided hands-on assistance, and enabled us to prioritize, plan, and implement our membership model, technical features, and outreach tools.
As we brought on dedicated staff, we have replaced the original working groups with fixed-term task forces and community working groups that focus on specific issues. These groups may be formed by the Board or staff, are usually chaired by a Board or staff member, and include members and non-members with expertise in the given area.
ORCID community members—individuals and organizations —also support us in other ways, including providing translations of our Registry and outreach resources, contributing open source software and code, sharing their own education and communications materials, and more. We greatly value and appreciate these contributions.
To show our appreciation for everyone who provides volunteer support for ORCID and our community, we are delighted to publicly recognize your contributions, including:
- A listing of all past working groups and task forces, including members, on this page
- Board members are recognized on the ORCID team page
- Translations and software/code contributions are listed on GitHub
- A permanent record of every working group and task force on our website and in our repository. Please note this acknowledgement requires you to have a Figshare account and to link your ORCID iD and DataCite profile. If you have done these steps, information about your contribution in working groups can be automatically added to your ORCID record*
- A permanent record of every working group and task force on our website and in our repository.
- Inclusion in periodic blog posts about your working group or task force and/or about community contributions more generally
* Please note that volunteers are expected to share your ORCID iD with us at the start of the project so we can recognize your contributions in this way.
ORCID is a community-governed organization, established—with the help of our launch partners—by and for the research community. At the center of everything we do are our users, our members, and the other organizations with which we collaborate. To be successful in the pursuit of our strategic vision, ORCID needs to be embedded into the communities we serve with effective outreach and communication, good technical integrations, and iDs being collected and connected wherever researchers create or re-use information about their research.
We strive to remain a lean organization, with a small dedicated staff delivering services to millions of users and hundreds of members all around the world. We can only achieve this by working in close partnership with our community.
Our partners share our vision for a better connected, more transparent research ecosystem. Everything we do is informed by the needs of our users, including researchers, scholars, innovators, and other community contributors. We work closely with fellow infrastructure providers, standards bodies, our members, and integrators. We benefit from the strategic support of leading research organizations and policy leaders.
Our network of partners comprises our members and consortia leads—formal partnerships between ORCID and organizations who have signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The network also includes collaborations with organizations or individuals who are participating in our community projects or working groups or projects.
ORCID could not have existed if it wasn’t for the generous support of funders and sponsors who provided funding and volunteer labor during our launch phase, ensuring our non-profit organization got off to a strong start. Our sponsors included foundations and stakeholders across the research and scholarly community, including universities, libraries, scholarly societies, funding agencies, research organizations, and publishers.
ORCID has received generous grants from the following organizations:
- Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust
- Andrew Mellon Foundation
- National Science Foundation
- Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Platinum Supporters have contributed $50,000 or more. Organizations marked with an asterisk (*) provided funding in the form of foundational loans.
- American Chemical Society
- American Institute of Physics *
- American Physical Society *
- Cambridge University Press *
- Copyright Clearance Center *
- CrossRef *
- Elsevier *
- Hindawi Publishing Corporation *
- IEEE *
- Institute of Physics *
- Nature Publishing Group *
- Oxford University Press *
- PLOS *
- Sage *
- Springer *
- Taylor and Francis Group *
- Wiley *
Gold Sponsors have contributed $10,000-$49,000.
- Association of Computing Machinery
- Microsoft Research
- MIT Libraries
- Thomson Reuters
- Wellcome Trust
Silver Sponsors have contributed $5,000-$9,999.
- American Astronomical Society
- American Psychological Association
- Annual Reviews
- Atypon Systems
- California Digital Library
- CSIRO Publishing
- National Informatics Institute
Bronze Sponsors have contributed $1,000-$4,999.
- Aries Systems
- Baltojos Pazangiu Technologiju Institutas (BPTI)
- Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC)
- Copernicus Publications
- Human Frontiers Science Program (HFSP)
- Portland Press Limited
- Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)
- Royal Society of Chemistry
- Royal Society Publishing
- Universitat Wien
The Launch Partners Program was a pre-launch opportunity to be a part of our original beta group and receive early support for ORCID integration efforts. A number of organizations from across the scholarly community used this opportunity to integrate with the ORCID Registry. Participating in the ORCID Launch Partners Program were research institutions, publishers, research funders, data repositories, and third party developers.
The following organizations participated in the Launch Partners program. We thank the Launch Partners for their participation, helpful feedback, and early integration of ORCID identifiers.
- American Physical Society
- Aries Systems
- AVEDAS learn more…
- Boston University
- California Institute of Technology
- Elsevier (Scopus) learn more…
- Faculty of 1000
- Hindawi Publishing Corporation learn more…
- KNODE, Inc.
- Nature Publishing Group learn more…
- Thomson Reuters
- ImpactStory learn more…
- Wellcome Trust
From 2013-2017, ORCID outreach activities were supported by a diverse cadre of energetic institutional and individual Ambassadors who encouraged the adoption of ORCID identifiers locally and globally. From 2018, with a much larger network of supporters, staff, and members, we have ended our Ambassador program and moved instead to a region- and sector-based community of practice approach, driven by our network of partners and consortia.