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  1. Search by works metadata

    There's a number of pieces of information in works metadata: author, journal, year, volume, issue, title, possibly DOI, etc.

    It would be great to be able to search on these pieces of information.

    I had someone contact me that wanted to use the R ORCID client I maintain to search for works for only 2015 for all researchers at a specific university.

    As far as I know this can't be done with the API, correct?

    I tried to answer his question with the R client after pulling down works, parsing the bibtex citation, etc. - see here https://gist.github.com/sckott/41a400341180e967d5405642537b7c1e

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      2 comments  ·  API Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Thank you for your suggestion on improving the ORCID Registry.

      Could you give further information as to what you would expect from the works data search? We would suggest that you review the v2.0 release candidates, as such search features would be likely implemented on the version currently in development.

      At present the ORCID API cannot be used to search works data. However an API client can obtain permission to read limited-access data on the ORCID record, including works data. An application can request such access from researchers at their institution, obtain their works data, and then search that data for works from a certain year.

      Warm regards,
      ORCID Community Engagement and Support

    • ORCiD inbox links to actual works, not entire list

      The Inbox currently shows which service has updated my Work section, and presents a link 'View on your record'. That link shows the entire list of works (for me, it basically goes to https://orcid.org/my-orcid). I often cannot find which work was added. It would be great if somehow that could be made transparent, ideally by opening up the relevant work(s) in a separate window/page.

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        4 comments  ·  ORCID User Interface Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        Thank you for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

        At present, the current stable version of the ORCID API, v1.2, does not make it possible to clearly state which items have been added or updated to the ORCID record via the ORCID API. (This is what such notifications are indicating.)

        The simplest method to determine what was added or updated at present is by checking the creation date (via more details view). The modification date can also be viewed via the ORCID public API.

        The API version currently in development, v2.0, supports the addition and updating of individual works items. It is possible that this could result in more informative notifications.

        We would appreciate hearing further suggestions on how the addition/update notifications can improve. What information do you expect to see in them?

      • Develop tagging and filtering to support funding application requirements

        It seems relatively common that online grant/fellowship application systems ask the applicant to enter a list of works that is more specific than the complete list available on an ORCID profile. For example, some just want just journal articles, or just pubmed-indexed articles, or they want a separate list of works that arose from their previous funding, etc.

        If users could tag their works and then provide a link to a list of works filtered by specific tags, then I think there would be a real possibility of funders changing their application requirements to allow such links in place of…

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          3 comments  ·  Research Activities-Works  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          Thank you for your suggestion to improve the ORCID registry.

          Could you please provide further information about the tagging and filtering proposed? It would be useful if you could provide a single example.

          Warm regards,
          ORCID Community Engagement and Support

        • I would like an easy way to copy/paste my ORCID iD (including the ORCID logo) to include in my email signature.

          I would like an easy way to copy/paste my ORCID iD (including the ORCID logo) to include in my email signature or other places I might like to promote my ORCID iD.

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            2 comments  ·  ORCID User Interface Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            Hello,

            Thank you for your suggestion for improving the ORCID Registry.

            Could you suggest some layouts that you would expect to see as an email signature? And by ‘ORCID logo’, might you refer to the ORCID iD icon? (Green circle with the white iD)

            Thank you.

            Warm regards,

            ORCID Community Engagement and Support

          • Account Settings: Trusted organizations should only be listed once

            In the account settings trusted organizations section looks more or less like an activity log. If e.g. you grant access to a service like CrossRef a couple of times it becomes rather confusing to get an overview of all services you trusted. "Cleaning up" by deleting is suboptimal, because it revokes access to the service completely.

            It could be less confusing to list the trusted organizations only once and maybe add an extra activity log.

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              0 comments  ·  ORCID Record - Personal Information  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • reduce the usage of scripting on your pages. Makes it really hard to use, particularly on mobile.

              ORCID needleslly uses a lot of javascript to do, well, not much. HTML and HTML5 work regardless of your browser of choice, and don't make your website look really bad on lots of browsers (particualrly mobile!).

              For example as I type this, there are several items of overlapping text, lots of cut-off text, and generally it looks very rough-cut.

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                0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                Thank you for contacting ORCID Support.

                Could you please let us know which area of the site you are referencing? There are:

                It would also be helpful to contact support@orcid.org if you have any loading issues with these pages.

                Warm regards,
                ORCID Community Engagement and Support

              • Add a preprint field to direct to openly available versions of a work

                Please consider adding a new field for a preprint identifier or link that could be added to existing works. This would allow someone visiting a profile to find an openly accessible version of a work (e.g., journal or conference paper).

                In many fields, "green open access" is more practical than "gold open access" due to a lack of recognized OA journals. Thus, many authors wanting to make a paper available will submit it to a preprint server (such as arXiv, figshare, or Zenodo) in addition to publishing in a traditional (closed) journal.

                Currently, there doesn't seem to be an obvious…

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                  0 comments  ·  Research Activities-Works  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Mark up lists correctly

                  Please use list markup for lists of names, websites, other IDs, or keywords. This is not only semantically correct, per HTML specifications, but also improves accessibility for people using assistive software to access web pages.

                  Names would be best shown with each starting a new line (the present method can lead to confusion), but it is possible to style lists of keywords so that they are presented horizontally, with a visual separator such as a mid-dot. For websites and other DS, it is possible to style lists as at present, without bullets.

                  I'm happy to advise further if required.

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                    1 comment  ·  ORCID User Interface Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    Thank you for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

                    This iDea is currently marked for consideration by our team. We’ll let you know as it further progresses. Many thanks!

                    Warm regards,

                    ORCID Community Engagement and Support

                  • letters to the editor

                    Some of my publications are Letters to the Editor of an academic journal. I would like to see the category "Letter to the Editor" under "Work type."

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                      0 comments  ·  ORCID Record - Personal Information  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • search other fields

                      It would be helpful if you could search using other fields, for example, searching by funding agency... I mean, what is the point of having all this data about researchers if you can't actually use the data to find researchers?

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                        1 comment  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                          0 comments  ·  Research Activities-Works  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Reduce page reloads for version edits

                          Currently editing record data is a pretty tedious task, because each single edit reloads the whole recordset. Even if an editing is canceled, the page will reloaded anyway.

                          I guess the point of the reloading is to make sure new/edited identifiers are merged. Probably this could be done in a more dynamic way with Javascript?

                          Or how about one of these:

                          - Don't reload if no identifier was added/changed
                          - Just make the user aware that mergings will only be executed on a page reload (like with a popup/floating message á la "Press to load updated record view")

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                            0 comments  ·  ORCID User Interface Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Use https in sign up email and elsewhere

                            Hi,
                            I just signed up for an ORCID and the site sent me an email with an ORCID link:

                            >> The link to your public record is http://orcid.org/0000-<snip>

                            Since orcid.org has working TLS, you should adjust the email to include the https URL., eg, it should say:

                            >> The link to your public record is https://orcid.org/0000-<snip>

                            Also, some parts of your site do not have working TLS, for example, https://support.orcid.org produces invalid cert errors. It would be best to have the entire site protected by TLS.

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                            • Books with ISBNs should merge, regardless of hyphens or 10/13 digits

                              Books with the work identifier ISBN do not merge, if ISBNs are formally different. Formally different could mean hyphens or not, and 10 digits or 13.

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                              • Improve search, regarding double letters

                                One of the commonest spellings of names which contain double letters, such as my surname, Mabbett, is to omit one if the letters.

                                Search for neither "Andy Mabbet" nor "Andy Mabett" finds my ORCID record.

                                The search algorithm should handle such cases.

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                                  2 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  Thank you for your suggestion to improve the ORCID registry.

                                  We have submitted this iDea — improving fuzzier searches — for consideration in our next round of projects and will update you when we have further information on it going forward.

                                  Warm regards,
                                  ORCID Community Engagement and Support

                                • Add 'software' and 'visualisations' (or 'visualizations') to the supported work types, in the Other work category

                                  Articulating 'software' and 'visualisations' (or 'visualizations') enables an unambiguous statement of type, rather than relying on the catch-all of 'other'. It broadens the type of contributor likely to be attracted to ORCiD as an identifier, and improves the breadth of research outputs identified

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                                    2 comments  ·  Research Activities-Works  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Reflecting the items seen in "Also known as" and "Keywords" as separate lines

                                    In the current status, the items seen in "Also known as" and "Keywords" reflect to the public view in a wrapped style as the following:

                                    Name Middle Surname, Name,
                                    M. Surname, N. M. Surname

                                    I do recommend you to add an option to make each items as separate lines as the following:

                                    Name Middle Surname,
                                    Name, M. Surname,
                                    N. M. Surname

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                                      0 comments  ·  ORCID Record - Personal Information  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • ORCID interface should open a new window for the different functions

                                      It would be useful if the ORCID interface would open a new window for the different functions. Now I am trying to write an email about my publication list, but I cannot go back to check my publication without deleting this email.

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                                        0 comments  ·  ORCID User Interface Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • unnecessary horizontal scrolling

                                        Please remove horizontal scrolling. It is quite annoying and does not serve any apparent purpose since the margins are empty anyway. It just makes the website feel a bit wiggly. Here is one example:
                                        http://orcid.org/blog/2013/08/08/suggested-practices-collection-and-display-orcid-ids-publishing-workflows
                                        Other ORCID pages lack the wiggliness.
                                        I understand it might be platform dependent. I use Firefox 47.0 on Mac OS 10.10.5.

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                                          0 comments  ·  ORCID User Interface Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Allow users to define default preferred source for works, e.g. Scopus, then CrossRef, then...

                                          Users may use multiple sources to find all research outputs, e.g. Scopus, CrossRef, etc.. The metadata from these may vary and some may be more suitable for export to other systems, e.g. Elsevier's PURE.

                                          It would be useful to allow users to set a default preferred source (or priority order) for the online sources they have set up. At present, the user can only change the preferred source, case by case, for each output.

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