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Recognition innovation: enabling peer review activity integration with ORCID

9 January 2023 | 4 min read

By José Stoop

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Announcing the fulfilment of a longstanding reviewer wish

Acknowledging the hard work and precious time that peer reviewers dedicate to ensure our high publishing standards is a key element of our peer review strategy – and is therefore always near the top of our agenda. Editors and referees have been telling us for some time that they would like to see peer review activities shared with ORCID and happily, we have recently been able to make this wish come true. We now enable the automatic sharing of peer review (meta) data by offering a feed of peer review information from our submission and peer review system Editorial Manager (EM) to ORCID after the peer review process has been completed.

Peer review and ORCID

For those readers not familiar with it, ORCIDopens in new tab/window (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a not-for-profit, cross-publisher organization that strives to enable transparent and trustworthy connections between researchers, their contributions, and their affiliations. It provides a persistent digital identifier (an ORCID ID) which is owned and controlled by authors, and which distinguishes authors from every other researcher.

Researchers can connect their ID with their professional information — affiliations, grants, publications, peer review, and more. They can also use their ID to share their information with other systems, ensuring they get recognition for all their contributions, saving them time and hassle, and reducing the risk of errors. The Peer Review section on an author’s ORCID record lists their peer review activities across journals and publishers – a nice and simple way to showcase their reviewing work to peers and institutions. Note that these data must be supplied directly by participating publishers and cannot be entered manually by reviewers themselves, thus keeping the data reliable and valid.

A sample Orcid record showing the peer review section

A sample Orcid record showing the peer review section

Editorial Manager already enabled authors to link their EM account with their ORCID ID, and to log in using it, effectively serving as a single sign-on for the various EM sites. With our latest feature release, it is now also possible for reviewers to have information about their review activities automatically uploaded to their peer review section of their ORCID record. Having this review information displayed publicly acknowledges their contribution to the journal and helps to raise their review profile. (Note that we only share the journal name and year of review completion, so this feature can also be enabled for journals using a double-anonymized peer review process.) There are already more than 15 million live ORCID IDs of which almost 900,000 now reflect the subject’s peer review activity.

One click fits all

After running a pilot – whereby over 40% of reviewers  agreed to have their review data fed back to ORCID and having receiving lots of positive feedback in the process – we are now gradually enabling this feature in EM for all our journals. When enabled, a question is added to the reviewer report section in EM, asking referees to provide consent for the upload. They are also given the opportunity to make their choice the default for that journal for any future review tasks. After providing consent, reviewers are asked to register at ORCID or to authorize their ORCID connection for the journal if they haven’t done so already – this takes places in the ORCID environment and is a quite intuitive process.

Other reviewer acknowledgements

With the Elsevier Reviewer Hubopens in new tab/window, we are always looking out for opportunities to acknowledge and reward our reviewers. With one simple click, you can claim a reviewer certificate, or download a customized review report which will look good on any grant application or résumé. Users can also claim their 30-day complimentary access to ScienceDirect and Scopus. Make sure to stay tuned for more developments at Reviewer Hub!

New to reviewing? Check out our certified peer reviewer courseopens in new tab/window on Researcher Academy.