All IEEE journals require an Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) for all authors.  ORCIDs enable accurate attribution and improved discoverability of an author’s published work.  The author will need a registered ORCID in order to submit a manuscript or review a proof in this journal.

Follow these steps to link a PaperCept account to a registered ORCID.  Note that PINs from different sub-domains can be linked to a single ORCID.

  1. Go to the start page of the PaperCept subdomain where you have an existing PIN (if you do not have one, please create one by following the PIN link from the PaperCept subdomain of interest).
  2. If you do not already have an ORCID, follow the link “Register an ORCID,” create an ORCID and return to the PaperCept login page.
  3. Follow the link “Register your ORCID with any of your PaperCept PINs,” enter your registered email or the ORCID and password and then click on Authorize.
  4. Once you authorize the ORCID to be linked to your PIN you will be returned to the PaperCept subdomain from where you accessed ORCID.
  5. Follow “Log in to any account associated with this ORCID” to complete associating your PIN to the ORCID.
  6. If you have inadvertently created multiple PINs in the same subdomain, you can associate all PINs with the same ORCID.


What is ORCID?

Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) is a not-for-profit organization that provides persistent unique identifiers for researchers, much like a DOI does for a published article. Researchers can sign up for an ORCID for free via an easy registration process on orcid.org, via PaperCept, or the Author Gateway. Learn more at http://orcid.org/content/about-orcid, in the graphic on the last page of this document, or at https://vimeo.com/97150912.

Do co-authors need ORCIDs?

ORCIDs for co-authors are encouraged. Corresponding authors can ask their co-authors to link their PaperCept accounts to their ORCIDs.

How is the ORCID collected?

Both PaperCept and the Author Gateway collect ORCIDs via a link out to orcid.org. The user is returned to their previous screen after the ORCID is collected and verified. ORCIDs cannot be entered manually; this ensures that the ORCID is valid.

Why is IEEE implementing this policy?

ORCID disambiguates author names, allowing for accurate attribution and improved discoverability.

Do any other publishers have this policy?

IEEE joins 16 other major journal publishers in requiring an ORCID for submission. An additional 40+ publishers request but do not require ORCIDs during submission. You can read more at https://orcid.org/content/requiring-orcid-publication-workflows-open-letter.

Does the author need to add their ORCID to every manuscript they submit?

The author needs to add their ORCID only once per PaperCept site. If the author has an account on another journal’s PaperCept site, then the author will follow the same process for that journal.

Who can I contact for more information?

Please contact Tiffany McKerahan, Author Engagement and Support Manager, at t.mckerahan@ieee.org.