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  1. Editing and Saving Entries

    When can we expect the functionality to edit the entries to become available?
    It is very time consuming to manage our information without it.

    I also wonder if it's possible to avoid the pop-up window disappearing (along with all the information on it) when we click just outside it.

    Thanks.
    Joana

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    • Upload through Bibtex/RIS

      I have heard that ORCID will be implementing upload of articles by using for example Bibtex or RIS. Any idea of when this will be available?

      Thanks!

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        0 comments  ·  ORCID Record - Personal Information  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Allow authors to list related work (e.g. a dataset or supplementary material) under a publication in a related works or tabbed section.

        At the moment every work shows up the same. It would be great if you could link subsidiary or related works under a publication, for example, a link to the Dryad or Figshare source for the underlying data or to a preprint repository for an author manuscript.

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          This is a great suggestion and one that’s in our long term plan. In addition to linking works we want to be able to link funding items that may have support the works and create other connections between items on an ORCID record. While we won’t be able to add this soon as we have so much other functionality we’re working on, this is part of the plan for ORCID.

          Best,
          -Catalina
          ORCID Support

        • Remove duplicate ideas

          There are multiple ideas on the same topic here, like the merging or removing of duplicte "works" entries. These duplicates of the same idea also get votes and thus split the number of votes in as many duplicates of one idea exist. Duplicates reduce the "real" importance of one idea.

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            0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            Hi,

            We do our best to keep the ORCID iDea Forum organized and free of duplicates. Sometime similar ideas have a slightly different details so they look like duplicates on first glance, though there are certainly some duplicates that were just missed by our staff. If you can provide me with a list of iDeas that you think are duplicates I’ll be happy to review them and merge the duplicates.

            Best,
            -Catalina
            ORCIC Support

          • escape data on back end, eg. apostrophe in one's name

            Hello,

            We are having problem passing data back to our site, because there's an apostrophe in the user's name (D'Ann Finley), this making it think it's end of statement. We are getting the following error:
            SyntaxError: missing ; before statement
            ...getElementById('authorFname2').value='D'Ann';window.opener.document.getElementBy…

            Can you please escape such characters on the back end for any fields? (first name, last name, institution, bio, etc.)

            Thanks,
            Lisa

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              1 comment  ·  ORCID Record - Personal Information  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              Hi,

              I’m not exactly sure how you’re getting this response- can you provide me with more information about what you are trying to do and how you are doing it? In general we recommend calling data with our API and data is all correctly escaped using JSON with the API (see http://support.orcid.org/knowledgebase/articles/132271-retrieving-data-with-the-public-api).

              Also it looks like from the line: getElementById(‘authorFname2’).value=’D’Ann’ that you are grabbing “D’Ann” correctly but are failing to correctly escape the value when you generate their webpage on their server.

              If you can let me know more about what you’re doing I can try and follow up with more information.

              Best,
              -Catalina
              ORCID Support

            • Work with diacritics

              It would appear useful if the search is able to provide additionally to exactly given names also their equivalents after converting diacritics to the 'basic' characters. Example: Eliáš --> Elias. This may be tried automatically or offered to the user for filling in a special, new field. I would like to have the exact names in the database and in the same time to be found by people skipping such a detail like a vs. á. Thanks & Best Regards, Mojmír Eliáš (Mojmir Elias)

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              • Allow a sole inventor listed on a patent to chose "inventor" rather than "co-inventor" or "other inventor" which are the only options listed

                Lots of inventions have a sole inventor. "other inventor" just sounds strange. "co-inventor" is just incorrect.

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                  0 comments  ·  ORCID Record - Personal Information  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  Thanks for this suggestion. We agree that our list of roll is incompletely and needs to be changed. We’re in the process of revising it now and the roll field will soon be removed from the interface until we are able to offer a more complete list of rolls.

                  Best,
                  -Catalina
                  ORCID Support

                • Need way for end user to export users own complete record (xml/yaml/json okay).

                  Need way for end user to export users own complete record (xml/yaml/json okay).

                  This is for archival/backup/data verification/comparision and other purposes.

                  Bonus points for also allowing an edited complete record to be uploaded to replace the current one.

                  Note: This is probably possible from the API, but there should be a visible user driven methos to do this.

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                    1 comment  ·  * Metadata/Data Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    Hi,

                    Thanks for this suggestion. As you mentioned, a user can access their ORCID record via the ORCID API- instructions on how to do that are at http://support.orcid.org/knowledgebase/articles/132271-retrieving-data-with-the-public-api

                    We like your suggestion of offering a way to run this export in the user interface as well, but we will not be able to work on that right now. Our current priority is getting information into ORCID records and that’s where we’re focusing our development.

                    Best,
                    -Catalina
                    ORCID Support

                  • Have a simple interface for entering edudational data!

                    when entering my education it allwasy suggests institutes that did not exist when I was studying and then disappears when i try to get rid of the suggestions

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                    • Enable printer friendly pages.

                      I needed to print some of the pages to take to an internal stakeholder to try to explain about ORCID and why it would be beneficial. The top menu seems to slide down onto the content. It would be helpful to be able to print from the site rather than find a workaround.

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                        0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • authorship identity in publication

                        Team,
                        ORCID and RESEARCHID

                        Recently, I have published one artilce entitled "Technical report: the trend of author names compound and its Implications for authorship identification identity" with DOI "http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11192-014-1359-7".
                        This article, has been booming in the scientific community to the point that I have received very very good comments and suggestions, such as:

                        1. Congratulations on your article, I think the good point that you argue and stretch, I hope you have success with your proposal!.

                        2. Congratulations, very good to respect the full names and therefore the identity of each individual work.
                        3. Hey Omar, is super…

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                        • I would like to publisch an article with the title: "On the Origin of Water on Earth and Mars". Can you give me instructions?

                          I would like to publisch an article with the title: "On the Origin of Water on Earth and Mars."
                          Can you give me instruclion how to Register?

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                          • Allow date ranges for (some) works

                            Some "works" don't have a single publication date, but operate over a period of time. For example, a website which I managed and edited from 2001-2014. Please allow date ranges. including an "-onging" option.

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                              1 comment  ·  Research Activities-Works  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                              Hi Andy,

                              This is another great suggestion, but after some discussion we can’t find a way to make it work right now. Next time we do a review of the works metadata fields we’ll consider this idea again and see if we can fit it in then.

                              Best,
                              -Catalina

                            • Incomplete import of records from Scopus and ResearcherID

                              There are several instances where records are not completely imported into ORCID:

                              1. Page numbers are sometimes not imported:
                              • both Scopus and Researcher ID: some journals have article numbers rather than page numbers. These are not imported. Examples are the journals by the American Physical Society.

                              • Scopus only: page numbers that are preceded by any character other than the numbers 1-9 are not imported, e.g. page numbers starting with a letter.

                              2. DOI is often not imported into the BibTeX record (both researcherID and Scopus). While the DOI is listed in other parts of the record, the lack…

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                                1 comment  ·  Connections with other systems  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                Hi,

                                Thanks for sharing your concerns. I believe both of these issue arise from Scopus and ResearcherID as they format the BibTeX that is sent to ORCID. But I want to double check on this, can you point me to an ORCID record that has examples of works the missing information? Once I have that I’ll follow-up with Scopus and ResearcherID to see if the issue is what they are sending or if we’re not handling the BibTeX correctly.

                                Best,
                                -Catalina
                                ORCID Support

                              • include patents

                                like articles, patent descriptions are available in public accessible registers

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                                  Great suggestion, and one we’re hoping to complete in late 2014. In addition to letting users add in patents manually, we’re currently working with patent database providers to create search and link wizards, as is available for works and funding.

                                  Hopefully I’ll be able to update this idea in a few months to let you know when the patents functionality is available.

                                  Best,
                                  -Catalina
                                  ORCID Support

                                • I wish you would coordinate "signed in" status throughout your web pages so that we stay logged in when visiting Help or front pages.

                                  It's very annoying to Sign In and then want to either view the main ORCiD page or visit the help pages and "lose" my "signed in" status. It's even more annoying to want to add a comment/question and not be given the opportunity to sign in with my ORCiD account info! I don't want my comments to be linked with my Facebook account!!

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                                    1 comment  ·  Security  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    Thanks for the suggestion. We’re working on this now, but it’s difficult as we have multiple system that interact: the ORCID Registry, the ORCID webpages which are in Drupal, and UserVoice which we use for tickets and ideas. We are trying to create a consistent log in state, but aren’t able to fit it into our immediate development plan.

                                    Best,
                                    -Catalina
                                    ORCID Support

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                                    • Provide exact matching for the search API

                                      In case completed issues do not get any attention from ORCID, I would like to draw attention to the "completed" issue http://support.orcid.org/forums/175591-orcid-ideas-forum/suggestions/3656307-the-search-api-uses-partial-matching-for-fielded-s

                                      As explained in that thread, API searches should provide _exact_ matching for certain fields, like identifiers.

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                                        1 comment  ·  API Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Request authors to specify which author they are where this is ambiguous

                                        There are papers where two authors with the same last name and first initial are listed (e.g. Y Zhang in http://www.nature.com/onc/journal/v31/n6/full/onc2011282a.html). In order to properly assign correct ORCID to authors, the system must know which of the two authors a particular ORCID belongs to (this is particularly important where the ambiguity arises between a first/last and middle author).

                                        I imagine that when a reference is imported that contains more than one potential match to the user's name, the reference would be flagged and the user would be requested to point out which of the authors he/she actually is.

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                                          1 comment  ·  ORCID User Interface Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • update records imported from CrossRef

                                          Many articles appear on CrossRef (and Scopus and ReseacherID) before they receive a full citation (volume, page number). Once they are imported, the only way to update the corresponding ORCID record, is to erase them in ORCID, erase the link on CrossRef, and import the record again.

                                          Suggestion: enable an option that allows to update the ORCID record from CrossRef.

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                                            0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                            Thanks for the suggestion. This is something we’re working on right now. We currently have a working group that is reviewing how the ORCID API lets members add and update works. We’re hoping to get the working group’s final recommendation shortly and will then adjust the ORCID API to hopefully allow for a better update option. I’ll update this idea once the working group’s suggestions are published.

                                            Best,
                                            -Catalina
                                            ORCID Support

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