[Taxacom] Forcing ORCID on researchers

Johnson, Paul Paul.Johnson at sdstate.edu
Mon Dec 7 08:08:59 CST 2020


Frankly, I dislike the mandate as well; it is pushy, invasive, dictatorial, and expensive. So far, I have avoided obtaining one and lack the desire to have one. I have an identifier, my name. If that is confounding because it is a somewhat common name, so be it. It is rather nice to be confused with a famous British historian.🤓  In combination with my addresses, affiliations, and interest areas, I can normally be identified; if that is not enough. . . tough. No one else has any “right” to tell me who I am.  I want a certain degree of anonymity, under my control. ORCID is a corporate publishing industry effort to “Big Brother” us into submission to their profiteering models, much like their push with citation indices of various dorts. It has nothing to do with the conduct or quality of science. It is a control mechanism. If others wish to succumb to control demands such as ORCHIDs, that is their submission choice, not mine.

The propaganda is that ORCIDs allow efficient tracking of authors, reviewers, and other participants in publishing. Who gains from that? Not the author. I do not see any benefit to me; no net gain to me or my career. In fact we, I, lose through the increased costs of another bureaucratic layer in the industry.

We are supposed to be able to more efficiently compile or CV’s. Huh? If a scientist can’t keep track of their own publications and activities, do they really need babysitting by the publishing industry?  A pathetic justification for ORCIDs.

Reviewers are supposed to be anonymous. Already we are tracked through corporate journal  “invitations” to review manuscripts, all of which place sometimes imposing deadlines, digital dependency, and none of which offer an incentive beyond, at their profit, and our loss. The industry profits tremendously from this free labor that derives from slavish devotion to a nearly extinct Victorian ideal to assist colleagues. Laudable at its basic ethics, but not for uncompensated corporate greed. I gladly accept review requests from smaller professional society journals and do help colleagues, but on my terms, not those of control-minded corporations.

If Zootaxa is going to mandate ORCIDs, then I will stop publishing with them and will refrain from assisting their corporate demands. My choice. There are alternatives, so far. If it comes to be being blacklisted for being non-conformist, so be it. Better my funds go to scientific societies than padding investment portfolios of industry wannabes. There are plenty of examples where technology has failed to improve life, and Big Data [= industry/government control] is a glaring example, though probably an inevitability. Sorry Rod, I do not care about being sorted out of the mess; little meaning or value to me.

As to ResearchGate, it is useful for making articles available and obtaining articles among colleagues. I use it by choice, not mandate. As another social media site, nope, no way.

The essence from me, Carlos, and others, is choice.





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Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Forcing ORCID on researchers

Hi Carlos,

I’m curious as to why you object to getting an ORCID? Is it an objection to identifier sin general, or ORCID in particular?

Regards,

Rod


On 7 Dec 2020, at 11:36, Carlos Alberto Martínez Muñoz via Taxacom <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu<mailto:taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>> wrote:

Dear Taxacomers,
I have been informed today by a co-author that Zootaxa has decided to be
strict and to enforce ORCID for all authors.
For all you journal editors and owners in this list: You are not welcome to
force an identifier on researchers, and even less to force ONE identifier
above all others, without alternatives. Also, it is useless. You might
force researchers to have an ID at the time of publication, but you cannot
force researchers to keep it. I will make sure that my ORCID gets wiped off
after publication. And every time you force me to get one, the same will
happen again. As the platform says, getting an ORCID just takes a minute.
Anthony Gill previously wrote: "My take is ORCID can take a flying jump at
itself." Couldn't agree more.
Cheers,

Carlos A. Martínez Muñoz
Zoological Museum, Biodiversity Unit
FI-20014 University of Turku
Finland
Myriatrix <http://myriatrix.myspecies.info/>
ResearchGate profile
<https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Carlos_Martinez-Munoz>
Myriapod Morphology and Evolution
<https://www.facebook.com/groups/205802113162102/>
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