Use ORCID as basis for permanent researcher email addressing (e.g. for contact email on papers)
A powerful use of ORCID could be as a persistent researcher email address, that we could use as contact email for our publications. That way other researchers could reach us as we (grad students, profs, corporate researchers) change our affiliations. Format could be <my_orcid>@orcid.org and/or <orcid_alias>@orcid.org. Emails would be re-directed to whatever we have in our records.
Thanks for the suggestion. This is an interesting iDea but not one I’m sure we’ll be able to offer with our current privacy and notification policies. But it’s something we can consider.
Stuart Ray commented
Just a note to consider: one of the most painful aspects of publishing is that one's email immediately becomes common knowledge. If ORCID provided a solid, verifiable notification mechanism, then participating journals might stop displaying my email address in clear text for all the bots to see. This would also prevent authors from submitting "throw-away" email addresses - because they'd be expected to keep their ORCID records current.