[Taxacom] Forcing ORCID on researchers

Buz Wilson buzwilson at gmail.com
Mon Dec 7 08:41:32 CST 2020


Dear Taxacom list

For those of us who have Anglo-Saxon names that have been grossly 
overused (George Wilson in my case), ORCID is helpful. A search on my 
name gets hundreds of hits and practically all of them not me. A search 
on the ORCID goes straight to me. Getting one is not a big deal - it is 
like a social security number or tax file number or public encryption 
key that one needs to have in order to uniquely identified. In a world 
of billions of people, we need to be seen as individuals. I published in 
Zootaxa recently and my co-author didn't have one - he got the number 
and we went on with the publication process. He didn't do anything other 
that the minimal things to get the ORCID, and most researchers only have 
to do that. It is just an identifier and in my view useful (in agreement 
with Rod Page). It has nothing to do with freedom and everything to do 
with being recognized in a vast sea of scientific researchers. I think 
everyone wants to be recognized at least in some small way - this is one 
way to ensure that everyone knows exactly who we are. ORCID need not be 
conflated with ResearchGate, which plays a different role - making our 
research available.

Happy holidays to all!

George D.F. (Buz) Wilson, Ph.D.
Saugatuck Natural History Laboratory, LLC
email: gdfw at SNHLab.com

On 7 Dec 2020, at 11:36, Carlos Alberto Martínez Muñoz via Taxacom 
<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
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