But a couple of things popped up in my paranoid little brain. Firstly, the metadata associated with this feature will be a treasure trove for people researching academic publishing in general. For instance, people with access to the metadata could in theory, find out how many times a certain paper was submitted and rejected, to which journals, their impact factors, time between submissions, total elapsed time to submission, etc.
Now I’m not suggesting that that ORCID would ever do such a thing, or even want to. But the data would be there, for less well intentioned folk to exploit.
Secondly, can this new feature be used in some way to reign in the growth of predatory publishers, by restricting access to the ecosystem to only journals who the key stake holders deem appropriate?