Reactome links contributors’ work to ORCID

Reactome links contributors' work to their ORCID

Reactome links contributors’ work to ORCID

15 Jun 2019 - 11:41


  • Contributors now can easily link Reactome contributions to their ORCID account
  • This improves the visibility of contributors, acknowledging their support and expertise
  • The new feature illustrates a gradual shift in research culture to look beyond scientific publications and place higher value on the quality of data produced and shared by researchers 

June 18, Cambridge The Reactome pathway database now enables researchers who produce or review biological pathways to link their contributions to their ORCID. The new functionality acknowledges the importance of sharing scientific data and expertise and helps researchers keep track of the contributions they make to Reactome. 

Reactome is a free, open-source, curated and peer-reviewed pathway database. It provides intuitive bioinformatics tools for the visualisation, interpretation and analysis of pathway knowledge to support basic research, genome analysis, modelling and systems biology.

What is ORCID?

ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that uniquely recognises a researcher and allows them to track their scientific publications, datasets and a number of other contributions to their field. In some ways, ORCID is like a “science CV”, offering an overview of the researcher’s interests and work.

As an open-source database, Reactome relies on data contributions from researchers all over the world. It also requires researchers to review others’ data submissions. This type of data sharing and review is essential for scientific discovery but it can also be extremely time-consuming, and is not always rewarded. Reactome currently has over 700 contributors that help grow the database, but is always looking for additional support.

“We want to give credit where credit is due and improve the visibility of our contributors’ work,” explains Henning Hermjakob, Team Leader at EMBL-EBI. “We believe that the scientific output of researchers should go beyond their publication record, to include the data they produce and share, as well as their contributions to public databases. The new feature is a step towards this long-term vision and makes it easy for contributors to claim their work with just one click.”

EMBL-EBI has been collaborating with ORCID for several years in order to allow researchers and curators to add their datasets to their ORCID profile.

Other EMBL-EBI data resources that allow data submitters and contributors to link their work to their ORCID are Array Express, MetaboLights, OmicsDI, Pfam, PRIDE (also through Omics DI) and Rfam, with the list set to expand in the following years. To claim their data records, researchers can use EBI Search.

Reactome is an international collaboration between EMBL-EBI in the United Kingdom, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research in Canada, and Oregon Health & Science University and New York University in the United States, and has been in operation since 2004. Reactome is supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health in the United States, the Ontario Research Fund, OpenTargets, Genome Canada, and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL).

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