ORCID reviewer recognition for UKRI reviewers

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UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has developed a new feature in its current funding systems to recognise formally the contributions of UKRI reviewers via ORCID, a unique identifier tool for individuals.

The implementation of ORCID reviewer recognition went live today (23 November 2020). It will enable UKRI review contributions to be publicly displayed without compromising the anonymity and confidentiality of the assessment process. This will be done by issuing a ‘review credit’ that will be displayed in individual reviewers ORCID profiles.

Open research across our communities

UKRI was one of the first funders to sign the ORCID open letter, a commitment to follow best practice in the use of ORCID. Enhanced integration of ORCID in our systems (Joint Electronic Submission system) is also a key part of our ambition to reduce unnecessary bureaucracy and promote open research across our communities.

UKRI Chief Executive, Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser, said:

Today’s announcement provides a positive step in highlighting the valuable contributions of reviewers to UKRI’s assessment processes. This demonstrates our deep commitment to acknowledging formally the important role of external reviewers in building a thriving research and innovation system.

Valuing reviewers

ORCID Executive Director, Chris Shillum, said:

Promoting openness within research is central to ORCID, and valuing reviewers is an important progression for individuals engaging in research, scholarship and innovation activities.

UKRI is the first funder to implement ORCID reviewer recognition and we are pleased to support development that deliver on our best practice guidelines.

Further information


ORCID’s vision is a world where all who participate in research and innovation, from imagining to building and managing, are uniquely identified and connected to their contributions across disciplines, and borders, and time.

ORCID provides an identifier for individuals to use with their name as they engage in research and innovation activities. ORCID provides open tools that enable transparent and trustworthy connections between researchers, their contributions, and affiliations.

ORCID provides this service to help people find information and to simplify reporting and analysis.

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