Author ORCID IDs from DOIs?



  • Official comment

    Thanks for your query, and our apologies for the delay.

    In the situation described, it seems that the DOI agency, e.g. Crossref, would be the best system to consult.

    When a publisher has submitted an article to Crossref, and included in its metadata is the author's ORCID iD which was authenticated via OAuth during submission, then that ORCID iD will be available when you query Crossref with that DOI.

    An example can be seen in 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2016.03.027

    When one queries Crossref for the metadata (in json), one will find the ORCID iD of the author:

    With regards to reference managers, this is a question that was raised by the working group on the display of iDs in articles. If you'd like further information on this, please contact us at 

    Finally, with regards to compliance with style guides: in the case of creating a citation of another published work, is it not the name of the author as listed on the title page or article as it is that name that is associated with that publication? Otherwise, we may have misunderstood the final paragraph of the query in this regard. Thanks for any additional information you can provide!

    Warm regards,
    ORCID Community Team

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  • David Lawrence

    Thank you for your helpful remarks.

    To your question in your final paragraph, " not the name of the author as listed on the title page or article as it is that name that is associated with that publication?"

    The answer is NO, the name used on one particular item may NOT be sufficient if the author has published other items and has used a different or more complete form of his or her name. A reference list or bibliography shouldn't have multiple items by the same author but represented with different name forms.

    From the Chicago Manual of Style 16th edition: Authors’ names are normally given as they appear on the title pages of their books or above their articles. Certain adjustments, however, should be made to assist correct identifiction. First names may be given in full in place of initials. If an author uses his or her given name in one cited book and initials in another (e.g., “Mary L. Jones” versus “M. L. Jones” versus “Mary Jones” versus “Mary Lois Jones” versus “M. Jones”), the same form, __preferably the fuller one, should be used in all references to that author__. To assist alphabetization, middle initials or names should always be given wherever known”. [¶14.72] (emphasis mine)

    The APA style guide has a similar requirement (6.27). Other major style guides have similar requirements but I cannot quote the section and paragraph numbers of the rules.

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