ASBMB journals to request researcher ID numbers

Do you have an ORCID? No, not the beautiful, expensive flower but a unique identification number that distinguishes you from fellow researchers with similar names.

Known as ORCID for short, the Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier Registry’s mission is to ensure that all of your professional contributions are fully credited to you. Publishers, funding agencies and repositories (such as PubMed) use the unique researcher identification numbers to credit properly individuals for their publications, datasets, patents and other contributions to the scientific enterprise.

The three journals published by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology soon will begin collecting ORCIDs during the article-submission process. The journals also will publish ORCIDs in the full text and PDF versions of all articles. Several organizations and publishers already use ORCIDs, including the National Institutes of Health, the American Chemical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Elsevier.

It’s easy to register for your ORCID — just three quick steps. Visit to get started. You also can set up a profile page and search the registry for other investigators.

Never get confused with someone who has a similar name again: Register for an ORCID today!

Karen Schools Colson is the director of publications at ASBMB.