I am responsible for SafetyLit (short for safety literature). We were an ORCID launch partner.
Background: Although many journal publishers not accept or require an ORCID iD for each author with each manuscript submission, and these are often printed with the author affiliation; these ORCID iDs are not always available among the metadata for download. This is because personal bibliographic management software (EndNote, Mandeley, Zotero, etc.) do not capture ORCID iDs.
My need: Is there a system available to enter a publication's DOI (say in CrossRef) and obtain each author's ORCID iD? This would be a boon to author name disambiguation within the SafetyLit database.
There are many authors who have common names in their own language. Author names are included in article metadata with varying degrees of completeness.Even if there is currently no way to automate the obtaining of name to ORCID association, is there some way for this to be done by hand author-by-author, article DOI by DOI? In a multidisciplinary field it is common to have several authors with identical names. The disambiguation problem in my SafetyLit database is monumental.
Then there is the problem of authors who publish with initials only, name variants, etc. How is an author of a manuscript to comply with style guide requirements for full, complete author names (CMoS ¶14.72 or APA ¶6.27) without help from a consistent identifier and the inclusion of such things in a reference manager?
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