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# ORCID iDeas Forum

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1. ## Login state should be consistent throughout the site

Once a user logs in, the "My ORCID Record" will correctly display options for logged-in users (such as "sign out" the sign out link).

From there, click on the ORCID logo will bring you to the about.orcid.org page, which looks as though you have to log in again. For instance, the "sign out" button is replaced by a "sign in" button. The user also loses the links to their "My ORCID Record" page.

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Thanks for bringing this bug to our attention. We do want the login state to stay consistent as you move throughout the ORCID site and are planning this as part of our next interface update. I’ll let you know when we have that update in place.

Best,
-Catalina
ORCID 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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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?

• ## Colour contrast and readability

On the main ORCID site (especially on profile pages) would you consider making the text colour ever so slightly darker (and web safe) please?

I appreciate your response to similar suggestions in 2013 (e.g. http://goo.gl/EyY7M6) but doing some quick and minor CSS changes sooner would be really good as it would make it much easier to read text on screen.

For example, change the CSS colour #939598 to say #666666

Similarly the white text on green background could also be improved in terms of contrast. Anyway thank you for allowing us to suggest improvements and responding to suggestions.

Best…

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Thanks for the suggestions. I’ve passed them on to our development team and we’ll take them into consideration next time we do a site redesign.

Best,
-Catalina
ORCID Support

• ## make the works editing page a full page, not a popup window.

Currently, the works editing page appears as a popup window with the left/right margins grayed out. But it is not clear. And if you click in either of these gray margins, the work you are currently editing disappears with all changes lost. Perhaps include a pop-up window (that appears when you click outside of the editing box) warning you you are about to lose all unsaved info? Or maybe autosave changes? Or perhaps make the editing page a whole page and not just a popup page.

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Thanks for the suggestion. We understand the add manually tool can be cumbersome and doesn’t work well on every browser. We are planning to redesign this window, and I’ll update this idea as we make progress on that.

Best,
-Catalina
ORCID Support

• ## Use https by default

Use https by default (i.e. if the user enters a URL without a protocol such as [1]) do not redirect https URLs such as [2] to http pages. For background, please see [3]-[6]

[1] orcid.org/0000-0001-5882-6823

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Hi Andy,

Thanks for the suggestion. Our technical steering group met about this and we do want to implement your suggestion. However, this is a large project for us as it involves changes to the API and could break member integrations. While we do plan to start work on this, it’s not something that will be completed immediately.

You can track our progress on all the tasks related to this update at https://trello.com/c/3onbrg4W/272-public-record-pages-adjustments-for-https. And we’d appreciate any further suggestions you have.

Thanks,
-Catalina
ORCID Support

• ## Use mathjax for proper display of Tex formulas/equations in Works titles

The Tex formulas in titles and abstracts do not appear properly in the public profile pages (example: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-0219-2750). Using Mathjax may be a solution for this problem.

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Thanks for the suggestion. We agree that adding a way to mark up text based formulas would be a nice feature. However, it won’t fit in our near term development plan as right now we’re focused on release new features to make the entire Registry more robust. We’ll review this suggestion once we have more developer time and as the demand grows.

Best,
-Catalina
ORCID Support

• ## make the site validate correctly with W3C

ORCID pages do not seem to be valid HTML5 according to
http://validator.w3.org

E.g. mine reports many errors, mostly unescaped & symbols and img tags without alt text, which should both be fairly easy to fix, http://validator.w3.org/check?uri=http%3A%2F%2Forcid.org%2F0000-0002-7676-7860

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Great suggestion. This is on our list of things to do, it just doesn’t have a high priority. I’ve listed the idea as under review as we will need to have staff look into it further before we make any changes.

Best,
-Catalina
ORCID Support

• ## sort entries in the education, employment and funding sections by end date instead of start date

If there are two or more concurrent grants, for example, sorting by end date usually produces a more reasonable order.

Consider the following situation:
Grant 1: $500 000, 01/2014 - 12/2016 Grant 2:$15 000, 12/2014-04/2015

Those are now displayed in the order Grant 2, Grant 1 and will be displayed this way even in mid-2016, when no one cares about Grant 2 anymore. The same is true for the tab education, where e.g. a short stay at a foreign university always pops to the top.

Sorting by end dates solves these issues, because the topmost entry is either the…

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Thanks again for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

We’re looking into this issue and would like to raise a question for your consideration. What do you think should be done in instances of open end dates? For example, an employment may be on an open-ended contract — should this be understood to be active and therefore floated to the top of the list?

Warm regards,
ORCID Community Team

• ## 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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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

• ## ignore stopwords when alphabetizing titles

Looking at the other requests here, you've clearly done a lot already to improve the interface. One tiny thing (I submitted this as a help request before I found this forum -- sorry); I suggest you ignore stopwords ("a", "the", etc.) when alphabetizing titles so that titles starting with "An observation on ...", "A plea for ...", "A method for ..." don't all end up at the beginning of the alphabetic list ...

thanks!

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Thank you for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

We’ve added this to the list of new features to be considered in the near future and shall update this thread accordingly when a decision is made.

Warm regards,
ORCID Community Engagement and Support

• ## Save collapse state of sections in profile

When I log in, I'm interested in my works, so I collapse the sections above that. I have to do this every time. Just remember my preferences for each section.

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Thanks for a great suggestion. We’ll bring this up with our developers to see if it is something that can be easily implemented. Right now our focus is on adding additional functionality, but once that’s complete we’ll have more time to review the design of the ORCID record and will see if this is possible.

Best,
-Catalina
ORCID Support

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Thanks for the suggestion. We do think this is a good idea, however it’s somewhat complicate for us to add an additional cookie to our cookie policy which is needed to offer this option. I’m making this idea as under reivew while we consider this. In the meantime you may want to look into using a browser that will automatically remember your username.

Best,
-Catalina
ORCID Support

• ## Clarify if an ORCID represent an individual as a person or just as a researcher

It should be made clear (in the FAQ?) what an ORCID represent. It is currently unclear if it represents a person, or just that person while acting as a researcher.

My best guess is the second - so it would be somewhat wrong for me to use my ORCID when describing the creator of my family photos.

It is also currently somewhat unclear if an ORCID defines the same person under multiple names (I understand it does, but only because I added both my names for my ORCID)

The discussion at http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-lod/2013Mar/0038.html highlights the need for clarity on such aspects…

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An ORCID iD can be used with any works or activities you want, and it can represent whatever you think makes the sense to integrate with your own research. For many of our users that is just their professional works but it is up to each researcher to decide what to include their ORCID iD on.

We do agree that the FAQ could be increased to address issues like names more directly and will look into adding to it.

Just a suggestion re the website design. As a general rule it is light text on dark background, dark text on light background. What exists now is light text on light background. This makes it more difficult to read.

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Hello,

Thank you for your suggestion on improving the ORCID registry.

At present we are working on revamping the text font and design on our website, addressing issues such as these. You can follow our progress on this on our Trello board at: https://trello.com/c/KSKEdJDx/2887

Warm regards,
ORCID Community Engagement and Support

• ## Provide information for researchers on how to "link to this page", ie to his/her own page.

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This is a great suggestion. I’ve added “How to Link to ORCID profiles” to our list of planned documentation and I hope to have it online in the next month. I’ll update this idea once that How To is completed.

-Catalina
ORCID Support

• ## Fix typo in register page re notifications

I see two issues on the registration page https://orcid.org/register , in the block about email frequency:

1) The first sentence has a typo in "... like changes to your ORCID record and new and events." and perhaps could anyway be a little clearer about what might generate a notification.

2) If most users leave the default weekly frequency setting then maybe you can ignore this second comment. However, when I see "Weekly summary" it sounds as if a user should expect weekly emails when, in practice, this is the maximum allowed with likely much less frequent notifications. Perhaps terms that…

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Thanks for your suggestions to improve the ORCID Registry.

We’re submitted a request to have this typo addressed, and to revise the text about notifications to include a link to the relevant Knowledge Base article (http://support.orcid.org/knowledgebase/articles/665437) as well as potentially revise the text. We’ll update this thread once this has been done.

Warm regards,
ORCID Community Team

• ## Co-branding on ORCID emails to integrators' user communities

As a soon to be integrator, I think it would be valuable to co-brand on emails sent by ORCID to our users. All our information providers allow us to state that the content is brought to you by NAME OF LIBRARY or LOGO of Library on their respective websites/homepages. I believe that we should implement something similar with ORCID…. Perhaps the wording could be ...brought to you by NAME OF LIBRARY or ORGANIZATION in partnership with ORCID. Co-branding will draw attention to our users that there is a definite collaboration between their library/institution and ORCID.

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Hi Donna,

Thanks for the suggestion. We can’t customize all emails ORCID sends (like reset password messages, or notifications that your record has been updated) based on if a researcher is associated with one of our members. However, for premium members we do offer an option to customize the claim email that is sent if an institution creates a record for a researcher. See http://support.orcid.org/knowledgebase/articles/385420

But we are intrigued by your suggestion about including member logos on websites, like your other information providers. In 2015 we’ll look at the possibility of allowing members to add a logo to the ORCID records of their researchers (probably in the affiliation sections). I’ll update this iDea once we know if that is something we’ll be able to pursue

I also noticed that your institution isn’t listed on the ORCID member’s page yet. If you send us a logo and description (to support@orcid.org)…

• ## Education & Employment sections collapsed by default in profile's public display

Maybe the public display of one's profile should start with the Education & Employment sections collapsed - most visitors would look for other people's science work in the first place. Just feels more effective this way - to me, at least - it's not a privacy scare.

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Thanks for the suggestion. We like the idea of being able to collapse parts of a public record, especially as we add more sections to it. We’ve added this to our plans for when we redesign the public display.

Best,
-Catalina
ORCID Support

• ## 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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Thank you for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

Could you send us a screenshot demonstrating what you see to support@orcid.org ? We do not see horizontal scrolling issues: http://i.imgur.com/S22qaLM.png

Warm regards,
ORCID Community Engagement and Support

• ## Show the list of works split in several screens/pages

I have 906 works and counting, and it is somewhat taxing on my computer (and probably your server) memory to have them all in a single screen. Would be nice to split it in several screens or pages.

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Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

We have included this idea on our list to consider in the near future. We shall update this thread once a decision has been made, or when we have started on the project.

Warm regards,
ORCID Community Engagement and Support

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