[Taxacom] Forcing ORCID on researchers

John Grehan calabar.john at gmail.com
Mon Dec 7 13:49:23 CST 2020

It was interesting to see the range of conversation about this matter.
Seems to settle on two points 1) lack of choice, 2) exploitation of

I can sympathise with the first most definitely and personally I would
prefer not to have to have an ORCID number - its a poisonous 'orchid' as
far as I am concerned. But there are many things in life over which I have
no choice. There are all sorts of rules in our town about how high I can
build a fence on my property and how far I can build next to a neighbor for
example.  Or there is a speed limit on my driving etc.  There are lots of
forces limiting my choice, many agreeable, many not so much. But I have to
live with them regardless.

Exploitation of my information by others is also objectionable to me, but
again not much I can do about it if I want to publish in certain venues. I
live with it, but don't like it.

Cheers, John Grehan

On Mon, Dec 7, 2020 at 6:36 AM 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
> Myriatrix <http://myriatrix.myspecies.info/>
> ResearchGate profile
> <https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Carlos_Martinez-Munoz>
> Myriapod Morphology and Evolution
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