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  1. Exporting citations

    It would be great to export citations to other systems. For example, ORCID found all my publications but researcherID can't. It would be great if I could export them to researcherID, endnote, web of science, etc.

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      30 comments  ·  * Interfaces with other services  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      We have an update to this.

      Those who follow our Trello board may have seen that an option to export works on the ORCID record to BibTeX is now in our Next Up list: https://trello.com/c/a6UXNRZu/2583

      This means that is amongst our upcoming projects. We will update you when it goes live. Thank you.

      Warm regards,
      ORCID Community Team

      Thanks for the suggestion. We’re currently reviewing the possibility for exporting ORCID records and what formats we can offer an export in. Currently ORCID records can be exported into a JSON or XML file using the API, but we recognize the need to have additional export options available.

      Please let us know your thoughts, and what formats would be most helpful to have an export to in the comments.

      Thanks,
      -Catalina
      ORCID Support

    • 96 votes
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        7 comments  ·  * Search/Browse  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Review of work categories and types

        There have been several ideas related to the current work categories and types on the ORCID record and suggestions for addition and improvement. This thread will combine these ideas together, as well as serving as a place to discuss additional suggested categories or work types.

        By way of background: The current listing of work types (see https://members.orcid.org/api/supported-work-types) is sourced from the CASRAI Output Standards. We would now like to open a discussion about the best approach to adding future work categories and types with the ORCID Community, through our iDeasForum.

        Thank you for your suggestions to improve the ORCID…

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          under review  ·  25 comments  ·  Research Activities-Works  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Mark up lists of works with metadata

          Lists of works should be marked up with metadata; unAPI, ideally, COinS at a minimum.

          This will be more easily done if the "<a href="http://support.orcid.org/forums/175591-orcid-ideas-forum/suggestions/3266048-metadata-for-publications-should-be-entered-using-">Metadata for publications should be entered using a form _not_ free text</a>" ticket is implemented.

          See <a href="http://forums.zotero.org/discussion/27247/orcid-profiles/#Comment_143596">prior discussion at the Zotero forums</a>

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            7 comments  ·  * Metadata/Data Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            Great suggestion and thanks for the link to the discussion on Zotero. We’re going to have a working group take up this issue soon, and I’ll follow up with this idea once they decide on works metadata.

            -Catalina
            ORCID Support

          • orcid badge for website

            code for sharing the orcid profile via a web badge

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              11 comments  ·  Connections with other systems  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              Just to give an update on this project:

              We have a demo of the ORCID badge widget that you can test by going to https://orcid.org/my-orcid?widget and clicking on the link to “Share your ORCID iD on other sites.”

              Some of the feedback that we’ve received thus far is that it is quite large, and that it does not coincide with current iD display guidelines.

              We expect to return to this project after we have finished deployment of the 2.0 API and have released the updated display guidelines in 2017.

              If you have any feedback on this feature please let us know either here or at support@orcid.org

              Warm regards,
              ORCID Community Team

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

                Thanks for this interesting suggestion. This is something we can consider for a future update.

                If you are interested in seeing what we are currently working on, we invite you to take a look at our development boards at https://trello.com/orcid2. Please contact us if you have any questions.

                Laura,
                Laura Paglione
                Technical Director ORCID

              • Review how the ORCID Registry stores and displays names

                There were several ideas related to the ways that names are entered, and what fields are included when describing a name. We are creating this idea to combine all of these ideas together. Best, Laura

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                  11 comments  ·  * Biographical Features  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Link "Grant" entries with "Work" entries

                  This feature will ease the identification of the outcome from funded research, for the stakeholders.

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

                    Hi,

                    Just letting you know that we’re moving this suggestion from Postposed to planned as it is something we want to start working on this year. We’re still in the early phases of figuring out the best way to link Works and Grants but we’ll keep you updated as we make progress on this feature.

                    Best,
                    -Catalina
                    ORCID Support

                  • Default "email" privacy level to "limited"

                    I am working in entegrating an external service to ORCID, by letting local users authenticate via ORCID's OAuth.
                    Since we keep track of user email address, it would be extremely handy if by default email addresses were available in ORCID's profile, so that third party services like ours could match local users with existing profiles.

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                      2 comments  ·  * Interfaces with other services  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      We’d like to update on this suggestion:

                      It is unlikely that we will set the default email visibility to allow trusted parties to view it. However, we will soon be working on a feature to allow clients to request permission to access the individual’s email address, even if that address is normally hidden. You can follow the progress on this on our Current Development Trello board at:
                      https://trello.com/c/W9rPpV4v/2501

                      Warm regards,
                      ORCID Community Team

                      This is a great suggestion, but one that needs review before we can act on it. As ORCID is an international undertaking we have to comply with privacy regulations in numerous countries, some of which affect how we are able to share email address, even with trusted parties.

                    • Add support for RIS-formatted citations

                      The site currently has support for BibTeX and human-readable formatted citation formats. Add the ability to enter citations in RIS format.

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

                        Thanks for submitting your idea to improve the ORCID Registry. Starting the week of Nov 12, and continuing weekly through December the Registry Stability Working Group will meet to help us prioritize all the functions and bugs that have been submitted, at that time you might see the status of your idea change after the Working Group assigns it a priority. While we want to get to every suggestion, our limited staff time means that some features will have to wait until future development cycles. The full process of how an idea turns into an active part of the ORCID Registry is described in the article How are new features decided?

                        ORCID works with the involvement and support of the community, and we appreciate your taking the time to help make the Registry better. In the three weeks since our launch, we’ve received a lot of great suggestions for the…

                      • Provide authentication with OpenID Connect

                        Since plain oauth for accessing the API is primarily for authorization, it would be great to be able to use ORCID as an authentication provider with an open standard as OpenID Connect. Users could then easily log into other research platforms using their ORCID account.

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                          11 comments  ·  Connections with other systems  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                          Hi,

                          This is a great suggestion and one we support. We have integration with OpenID on our list of 2015 projects. I’ll update this idea as we make progress.

                          Best,
                          -Catalina
                          ORCID Support

                        • Use ORCID as basis for permanent researcher email addressing (e.g. for contact email on papers)

                          A powerful use of ORCID could be as a persistent researcher email address, that we could use as contact email for our publications. That way other researchers could reach us as we (grad students, profs, corporate researchers) change our affiliations. Format could be <my_orcid>@orcid.org and/or <orcid_alias>@orcid.org. Emails would be re-directed to whatever we have in our records.

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

                            Hi,

                            Thanks for the suggestion. This is an interesting iDea but not one I’m sure we’ll be able to offer with our current privacy and notification policies. But it’s something we can consider.

                            Best,
                            -Catalina
                            ORCID Support

                          • Make organisations clickable

                            Why can't I click on "Robert Gordon University" in a profile like http://orcid.org/0000-0002-0570-7086 to see, which researchers in a certain organisation are registered in ORCID? That would be really useful for discovery purposes.

                            Please put links behind the organisation's names! URIs for each institution would be helpful here, I guess.

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                              0 comments  ·  * Search/Browse  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                              Hi,

                              Thanks for the suggestion. We’re currently working on a way to make affiliation information searchable. After that we can think about trying to link it, though it may be a large project as one institution often has different names, or user entered a sub-organization which has a different name. But we will look into this after more pressing functionality is complete.

                              Best,
                              -Catalina
                              ORCID 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 →

                                Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

                                We’re going to add this to our list of improvements to consider for the future and will update here accordingly.

                                That said, do note that it is currently possible to import a work that is available from Figshare and Zenodo to the ORCID record via Datacite (see e.g. this document shared by ImpactStory http://goo.gl/Fjn8x ). : )

                                Warm regards,
                                ORCID Community Engagement and Support

                              • Ability to denote which Co-Author of an article is associated with this Orcid Id

                                Add the ability to indicate which coauthor on an article this user's Orcid id is associated with. In the made up example below, it is ambiguous which J Smith is associated with "this" Orcid id.
                                J. Smith, J. Smith, and J. Smith (2007), Cats and Their Habits, Journal of Moggies, pg 1-1000.

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                                  2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  This is something we’re looking into. In the next year we’ll be adding new functionality for contribution and specifically the roles of researchers in works. The new functionality may be able to address this issue.

                                  Best,
                                  -Catalina
                                  ORCID Support

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

                                    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

                                  • Advance search

                                    Would love to be able to search for Institutions.

                                    25 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  * Search/Browse  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry. This is a great suggestion, and one we have in mind to work on. You can follow related developments on our public trello board here: https://trello.com/c/7OywbDz8/3102

                                      In the meantime, you can use the ORCID API to search public records for institution information. More information on this can be found at our Member Support Centre at:
                                      https://members.orcid.org/finding-orcid-record-holders-your-institution
                                      https://members.orcid.org/api/tutorial-searching-data-using-api

                                      Warm regards,
                                      ORCID Community Team

                                    • 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

                                      • allow users to add professional association and/or society memberships

                                        Allow them to select from a standardised list of associations or societies of which they are members to add to affiliation section. You could also give an option to indicate leadership position and years associated with that position and a link to the society website where other users could view mission/goals/membership benefits. It could help in discerning one profile from another and help societies promote membership and possible get societies to drive more enrolment in the ORCID program.

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

                                          This is suggestion is currently under review. When we launched the Education and Employment Sections we decided not to add professional associations at that time but to leave the option open for possible future development. I’ll update the status again once we make a final decision.

                                          Best,
                                          -Catalina
                                          ORCID Support

                                        • Add Digital Certificates

                                          Either create a digital certificate associated with the ID, or allow user to identify an existing certificate to associate with the ID. DigiCert and InCommon are examples of certificate sources, but others are possible.

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                                            3 comments  ·  * Interfaces with other services  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                            This is an interesting idea and one we’d like to know more about. Can you tell us more about the types of certificates you’d like to be able to associate with your ORCID record and why this would be valuable? We need more information before we can determine how to respond to this suggestion. Thanks!

                                            -Catalina
                                            ORCID Support

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