Data citation tracking and ORCiDs in Europe PMC

Europe PMC launches ORCID integration and new data citation tracking functionality for the life sciences literature, based on database accession numbers and persistent data DOI names. 

Europe PubMed Central is a central repository for the life science literature established in 2006, in collaboration with the original US PubMed Central. A major aspect of Europe PMC is its relationship with the rich collection of biological databases operated by EMBL-EBI. The Europe PMC team recently announced a major new feature for tracking data citations in the literature:

It is now possible to search for papers that cite database records for several core life science databases, such as the European Nucleotide Archive, ArrayExpress, and PDB, as well as dataset DOIs used by, for example, Figshare and Dryad.

As well as searching the Europe PMC website, RSS feeds can also be created to alert you when a particular dataset or data type has been cited. See the Europe PMC website for more information. The methods used to identify these data citations are reported in a recent PLoS One article, available in Europe PMC:

The SOAP and RESTful web services also support these searches.

In other news: Jo McEntyre reported at the Dryad/ORCID meeting last May that the Europe PMC team has been hard at work building ORCID integration into the repository. This functionality is now live, read more on the ORCID blog and the Europe PMC blog.

New ORCID-integrated data citation tool

We are pleased to announce the beta launch of a new service for searching and claiming works in DataCite:

datacite_orcid_integrationThe tool enables users to search the DataCite Metadata Store for their works, and subsequently to add (or claim) those research outputs – including datasets, software, and other types – to their ORCID profile. This should increase the visibility of these research outputs, and will make it easier to use these data citations in applications that connect to the ORCID Registry – ImpactStory is one of several services already doing this.

The new service also provides formatted citations in several popular citation styles, supports COinS, links to related resources, and displays the attached Creative Commons license where this information is available. In addition to datasets, the DataCite Metadata Store of course also contains many text documents from academic publishers and services such as figshare or PeerJ Preprints, and these works can also be claimed.

This tool is created by ORCID-EU as part of Work Package 4 – Interoperability, with major input by Karl Ward (CrossRef) and Sebastian Peters (DataCite). The source code is a fork of the code for CrossRef’s Metadata Search written by Karl Ward and is available at

We encourage everyone to sign in with their ORCiD and try out the new tool. Any feedback on problems or usability issues would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Martin and Mummi with feedback.

The service is at early beta stage still, so please expect minor bugs and user interface glitches. The official launch will be at the joint Dryad/ORCID Meeting May 23 in Oxford, where we will present the work and brainstorm ideas for future work with fellow developers at the Codefest. 

Save the date: ORCID Codefest and other events in Oxford May 23-24

ODIN partners ORCID and Dryad will be busy in the month of May organizing a cluster of meetings on contributor identifiers and data publication, including a Codefest for developers under the theme Connections.

All events will take place at St Anne’s College in Oxford, United Kingdom:

May 23rd:  biannual ORCID Outreach meeting + symposium on research attribution (the latter is held joint with Dryad)
May 23rd to 24th: hackathon / Codefest for developers working on ORCID client integration

The Codefest registration page is here:.

Meet ORCID technical staff, learn about our development resources, and bring your ideas for ORCID tools.  The theme will be Connections, focusing on mash ups with the ORCID API. The CodeFest will start just after the ORCID Outreach meeting.

More info on all events here.