Use ORCID as basis for permanent researcher email addressing (e.g. for contact email on papers)

Not planned



  • Official comment

    Thank you for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

    After consideration, we have declined this feature request as it falls beyond our scope at this moment.

    We may be able to revisit this as we further develop the ORCID Inbox feature.

    Warm regards,
    ORCID Community Team

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  • Stuart Ray
    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.
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  • Katrin Leinweber
    But that would _actually_ solve the problem you are trying to address: "digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized." name@domain.tld does exactly that, if only that individual researcher has access to the email account. It's inconsiderate of IT departments to close one's email account when one leaves an institution. If they allowed at least a permanent forwarding, ORCiD wouldn't be necessary. But the fact that ORCiD isn't planning to solve the problem on the basic level (email address being both identifier and contact channel) means any solution it does provide is one level removed from the actual problem. Please reconsider this idea quickly. Otherwise, a few sensible IT departments will start solving the problem at the root, and just do the keeping of the scientific contact record. Case closed then.
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    Thank you for your comments and feedback.

    Please note that we encourage researchers to associate multiple email addresses with a single ORCID record to avoid losing access to it and to prevent the creation of duplicates. Personal and professional email addresses and even past emails or other forms of an address can be included. Each address has its own privacy setting, and researchers decide and control whether to make the email addresses private, visible to trusted parties or public:

    We hope this information is useful. If you have any other specific questions, you can reach us directly at

    Best regards,
    ORCID Community Team

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