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  1. 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 →
    • Manual entry of dates is needed

      Currently, publication dates can only be entered from the supplied pull-down menu. It would be better to allow manual entry also to deal with two situations: (1) forthcoming/in-press publications that are scheduled for future years (not available in the pull-down menu); and (2) multi-volume works published over a period of years, e.g.: 2000-2007 or 2000- [for ongoing works].

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

        Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

        This is a fine idea, but isn’t something that we presently have the capacity to work toward at the moment. We’re going to mark it as under review, so that we can consider it as an improvement after our current release cycle for version 2.0 of our API.

        For more on what we’re working on at ORCID, follow our current development board at:
        https://trello.com/b/iuJwm8A6

        Warm regards,
        ORCID Community Team

      • Process existing works with DOIs when co-authors later get ORCID

        I noticed that API responses have "contributor-orcid" for works. There are examples where co-authors have independently added the same works after having created their ORCIDs. This is enough information to process and unambiguously populate "contributor-orcid". Doing so would make for a richer interface on orcid.org (ie navigate co-authors) as well as potentially fewer hits on your API.

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          1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          Thank you for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

          This is falling into a larger conversation that we need to have with the community about the “contributor” role in items in the ORCID Registry. We are currently marking this as “under review” as we gather your suggestions on how this should proceed.

          It would be helpful to obtain ideas from the community on how this might work. Some starting questions:
          When should a organisation updating an ORCID record with works data populate the contributor-orcid field? Only in the case when that contributor has previously authenticated their ORCID iD to the organisation?
          Should unauthenticated ORCID iDs be transferred in such field, should that iD be flagged and asked to claim the item?

          Warm regards,
          ORCID Community Engagement and Support

        • 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…

          • Would like to see Public/Private listed on Search Results

            I would like a search on https://orcid.org/orcid-search/quick-search/?searchQuery=antony%20williams, as an example, to show hn additional column of Public YES/NO. When there are multiple names that are the same it would save having to open each one one at a time to check on available information

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

              Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

              Our understanding is that the request is that there be an indication on the record as to whether a record (or section of a record) is indeed empty of data, or whether there is data, but the reader (be it an individual or an API client) receive an indication that the data is not visible to them.

              This indicator would in turn be reflected in the search result, e.g., in the Other Names section, or, should “Affiliation/institution” be a visible column (as when a new user registers and their name is a hit during the name disambiguation search), in that column.

              Is this understanding correct?

              If so, we shall put this forward as an idea to consider.

              Hello,

              Thank you for your suggestion.

              Could you please give further information as to what you mean by this? Data which is set…

            • 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 →

                Thanks for your suggestion for improving the ORCID Registry user interface. This is a great suggestion and we’ll put it under interface improvements to be considered in the near future.

                We’ll update this thread with further information when we have made a decision on this feature.

                Warm regards,
                ORCID Community Engagement and Support

              • Could you try to add Bluebook citation format as an option for works?

                Bluebook is not offered as an option for citation format but it is common among legal scholars.

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

                  The previous response did not address this suggestion, so we will re-open it.

                  We have added Bluebook citation formats to our list of improvements to consider in the future for the ORCID Registry.

                  At present, you can use “unspecified” for bluebook citations.

                  Warm regards,
                  ORCID Community Engagement and Support

                  The list of work types offered in ORCID is from the CASRAI Output Standards, which you can find out more about at http://dictionary.casrai.org/research-personnel-profile/contributions/outputs.
                  Rather than trying to maintain an inclusive list of work-types, ORCID has decided to use this vocabulary so we can focus on our main goal of providing unique identifiers. As the CASRAI vocabulary is updated, we will also update the work-type options in ORCID.

                  Best,
                  -Shaun
                  ORCID Support

                • improve the ORCID Statistics site

                  The ORCID Statistics page needs immediate attention. ORCID should be able to provide the numbers by category (funder, publisher, research institution, academy, society, etc.), by region and country at any time. With a number as small as less than 4 or 5 hundred it is not a difficult task at all.

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

                    Thanks for your suggestion to improve ORCID. We’ve included this feature as one to be considered in the future and will update this thread accordingly when a decision has been made.

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

                      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

                    • 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

                      • 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 →
                        • 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 PI field to the funding descriptions

                            It is important to know who the principal investigator of a grant is, even if other contributors to that grant include it in their ORCID iD.

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

                              Hi,

                              Thanks for this suggestion. We’re looking at adding contributor fields for both works and funding items in the ORCID record soon. We’re working with CReDit to use their taxonomy for roles and will be reviewing what contributor roles should be added from their list shortly.

                              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

                              • Allow users to add other identifers to their profiles

                                [Further to my recent off-line conversation with Laure Haak]

                                ORCID has integration with ISNI and ReseracherID, which is great, but should also allow users to enter other identifiers, such as VIAF and Wikidata IDS in their profile.

                                [Including Wikidata effectively gives a link to any Wikipedia biographies of the person.]

                                These could be entered as strings (and perhaps validated using check digits) and made links to the relevant external sites.

                                The values should be available via API.

                                If, later the systems that provide the identifiers have full, two-way integration, the data will thus be already available.

                                Happy to advise further.

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                                  2 comments  ·  * Biographical Features  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  Hi Andy,

                                  This is an excellent suggestion and one we’ve talked about a few times at ORCID. I’ve marked it as under review as we’ll need to figure out the best way to include these other identifiers, before we can start work on it. But hopefully this is something we’ll be able to fit into our development priorities this year.

                                  Best,
                                  -Catalina
                                  ORCID Support

                                • Genealogy

                                  Please include entries for PhD advisers.

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                                    2 comments  ·  * Biographical Features  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    Hi,

                                    Thanks for your suggestion. I’m interested to hear more about how we could best capture the work done by PhD advisers. Do you see it best captured as having the thesis listed on your record with a role set to “Adviser”? Or would you suggest a new category of “service” items that might include serving as an adviser? Or do you have another suggestion? We’d like to get your input in the comments to think about the best way we might complete your suggestion.

                                    Thanks,
                                    -Catalina
                                    ORCID 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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                                      0 comments  ·  ORCID User Interface Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      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

                                    • Encourage users to link ORCIDs at the institution's website when adding an affiliation

                                      When a user adds an affiliation for an institutional partner (which can be determined through a mapping between ringgold IDs and institutional client ORCIDs), a user should be encouraged to visit their institution's website to grant access to their account to their insitution (and so inform the instituion of their ORCID).

                                      This would require institutional partners to provide a URL to be shown to the user for this purpose.

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

                                        This is a great suggestion. As we start to develop more with the affiliations we can see how this could fit into the ORCID workflow. We already have a lot on our development plan for the near future (funding, a messaging system, more translations) so we won’t be able to fit this in soon, and we’ll need to think about exactly how it would work. But this is definitely an idea we’ll consider.

                                        Best,
                                        -Catalina
                                        ORCID Support

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

                                          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

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                                            0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                            Hi,

                                            Thanks for the suggestion. Our metadata fields for works are designed to match the common bibliographic information given for a variety of research output. Based on other standards that we’ve looked at only one translated title is typical. If you can point me to other standards that allow for multiple translated titles or send me examples of works where the same work with a single identifier has titles in more than two languages I can take that information to our staff to reevaluate the decision to only have one translated title.

                                            Thanks,
                                            -Catalina
                                            ORCID Support

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