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  1. Improve search function in IE browser

    We can typing any traditional Chinese in Chrome to search the specific author, but it was useless in IE browser. May ORCID can improve the search function in IE browser?

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

      Hi,

      As there as been no response to this, I’m going to close the iDea. If you have further information about this issue please feel free to open another suggestion.

      Best,
      -Catalina

      Hi,

      I’m sorry our search engine didn’t work correctly for you in IE. Can you provide me an example of text your searched for in IE that did not return the same results as Chome? Also please let me know what version of IE you are using.

      Best,
      -Catalina
      ORCID Support

    • 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,

        My apologies for our delay in following up with this. The issues with what is being included in the BibTeX field are coming from the sources supplying it. ORCID does not modify the BibTeX provided with a work in any way (we’ll even accept incorrectly formatted BibTeX). I’ve let Scopus and ResearcherID know about your concerns around missing information in the BibTeX field, and it will be up to their teams to correct it. As there’s nothing further we can do, I’m marking this iDea as closed.

        The UFT-8 issue mentioned in your comment, is something we can work on and we’ll address it in your other iDea.

        Best,
        -Catalina

        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…

      • sort works by first author names

        Sort works by first author names. I notice someone else voted for this, and it said 'complete' but I do not see this functionality applied yet.

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

          Hi,

          Thanks for the suggestion, unfortunately sorting by authors not something we can currently do in the ORCID Registry. For most works we don’t have author information stored outside of the citation field and even when we do it’s rare that the first author is identified out from other authors. (You can see when currently adding a work manually there’s not even a way to add authors)

          However, we shouldn’t have an iDea marked as complete that we haven’t done. If you can send me a link to that iDea I’ll update our response to it.

          Thanks,
          -Catalina
          ORCID Support

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            0 comments  ·  API Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Fix character encoding of BibTeX fragments in orcid-works XML

            BibTeX fragments in the orcid-works XML are encoded differently from the surrounding XML. The encoding used is not documented anywhere. For the discrepancy, see e.g. the encodings of double quotes or the accented e in Joël in my works:

            http://pub.orcid.org/0000-0001-9231-2770/orcid-works

            Character encoding in BibTeX is always problematic, however a number of solutions would be an improvement over the current situation:

            - encode the BibTeX using the same encoding as the surrounding XML, and let the client worry about how to deal with it.
            - replace all non-ASCII characters by their equivalent BibTeX sequences (e.g. ë to {\" e}).
            - clearly…

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              1 comment  ·  API Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              HI,

              ORCID doesn’t encode the BibTeX on records. The BibTeX is provided by the source of the record, either the user themselves or the integration that posted the work. ORCID does not validate BibTeX and we accept it in any format provided by the user or integration. This allows BibTeX from multiple sources to be easily added to ORCID records, though it means that the encoding is not consistent.

              Best,
              -Catalina
              ORCID Support

            • Search bar

              The search bar is hidden above in grey color. Should be clearly visible in the center of the webpage like google.

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

                Unlike Google, search isn’t ORCID’s primary activity. ORCID is a registry that allows you to connect info together. While users can search for others, most ORCID records are viewed from a link that included an ORCID iD rather than a search. But may make the search bar stand out more next time we do a site redesign.

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

                  Before we decided on the current ORCID logo, we did look at a number of options that incorporated an orchid into the design. But in the end we decided not to be that literal and we’ve been very happy with our current logo.

                • To upload full article.....

                  I started using ORCID from last 2 days. My suggestion is if possible then give chance to upload full article not only abstract. it is become very helpful to researchers and other persions.

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

                    Thanks for submitting your idea to improve the ORCID Registry. A number of people have asked about uploading full text.

                    ORCID is focused on linking individuals with research works using minimal metadata. Our goal is to embed the ORCID iD in the work itself so it becomes easier to search for and identify who has done what, and provide a reliable link to the work.

                    While we point to works, we do not plan to store abstracts or full text. This would be a databasing effort encompassing not just storage but also archiving and data preservation —a huge effort that is beyond the scope of ORCID, and frankly would duplicate existing repositories.

                    Instead, by providing a standard name identifier ORCID can improve interoperability and help to break down the barriers between existing repositories, benefiting the research community as a whole.

                    Please contact me if you have any questions.

                    Cheers,

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

                      Thank you for submitting your idea to improve the ORCID Registry. We agree that impact factors and other measures of research impact are important and can be improved by use of the ORCID registry. However, usage stats are not in scope for ORCID. Instead, we encourage third parties to use ORCID data to derive usage statistics.

                      In fact, algorithms for measuring usage are being implemented by a number of organizations, several of which are benefiting from ORCID data. In addition, there are a number of sites that are (or will soon be) consuming ORCID data to support calculation of a whole range of research metrics. Check out the Impact Story or PLOS websites for example.

                    • use ISO 8601 in the forum

                      currently in the forum the US format is used, e.g. "December 16, 2014"

                      Use the international ISO 8601 format instead.

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                        0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        Hi,

                        Unfortunately this isn’t something we’re able to do. Our support tools, including this forum, are provided by a third party (UserVoice) and we’re not able to edit how they display dates.

                        Best,
                        -Catalina
                        ORCID Support

                      • Allow users to flag publications as "not mine" in the crossref list.

                        The automated list of possible publications produces lots of false positives (especially if, like me, you have a common name). It would be good not to have to wade through the same ones time and time again looking for your new publication to add... so some mechanism to select "this is not me" for each publication would be nice.

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                          0 comments  ·  ORCID User Interface Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • to improve everything

                          Currently this is a very bad system with very limited options. it should allow users to do everything, including export from/import to any imaginable sources and databases. all imaginable types of data sorting (by size, by date, by citation number, in alphabetical order of the authors, titles, etc.), to find duplications, to contact people, to post publications, pictures, etc. Briefly, it should combine all oprions of Scopus and Web of knowledge with those of Facebook.

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

                            We are working to improve ORCID and address many of your concerns, but we are not trying to make ORCID be everything to everyone.

                            ORCID is a registry that allows you to connect information together, it’s not a profile system. Our goals is to give researchers an iD that they can use through in their research workflow as a way to help identify their work. Our long term planning does include many of your suggestions, but right now we are focused on bringing in new partners and and making connections to other system. But we do release new versions of the system every week and, if you are interested, you can see many of the ideas you suggestion on our public development planning boards at https://trello.com/orcid2

                          • You have not fixed the 'edit' problem at all.

                            It took me until today to figure out that what ORCID calls letting users edit works manually is NOT editing the work, it is creating a copy and adding data to the copy.

                            This is SO NOT WHAT I or many others were asking for.

                            When I said 'edit', I meant EDIT, not create added complexity that makes no sense to the casual user.

                            DO NOT mark this 'closed' and claim that it is the same thing as what you did with the branching icon.

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                              Thanks for your feedback.

                              From early on data provenance has been an important component to the ORCID Registry. The source of the metadata is important to many who access ORCID information from the registry, particularly since many return to the original source to obtain supplemental information about the item, for example, to access additional metadata that is not stored in the ORCID databases. Provenance is recorded at the item level (for example, an article, dataset or employment listing.) To keep provenance clear, only the source of data can edit the content of the data, though the individual whose record it appears on always has the option to change the visibility or completely remove the item. With this rule, users may enable their trusted organizations to update things that the organization added without fear of their edits being overwritten.

                              To accommodate the need to have clear provenance, yet still allow individuals…

                            • You add marking patterns for serial publications

                              The YYYY-MM-DD marking pattern is too restrictive. It does not allow proper entry of journals which use other marking patterns, for example a year volume/number pattern. Here is an example:

                              Science & Technology Libraries, Vol. 26, No. 3/4, 2006, 111-135

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                                Thanks for the suggestion. The date field is intended just to capture the data the work was created or published, it is not designed to hold journal and volume number.

                                For this type of information, and any other fields that are not explicitly captured in the ORCID metadata, we suggest using the citation field. The citation field is free text and can capture any additional information that is not recorded elsewhere.

                                Best,
                                -Catalina
                                ORCID Support

                              • .. provide a way for a reader to comment on FAQ articles, or to ask a new question

                                The link on the page about ISNI to the ISNI FAQ is broken. But I was only given the options to say the page is useful, or that it is not, but not to be more specific.

                                Also, I was unable to find anything on the ORCID site about creating an ORCID for deceased researchers. Is there a policy and mechanism for this?

                                Peter Capek (capek@ieee.org)

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                                  0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  Hi,

                                  Our support site at support.orcid.org is through a platform from UserVoice, so we only have the options that provides to us for now. But if you send us any documentation issue as a support request we’ll fix them right away (and I did just fix the broken link you caught).

                                  ORCID records must be created by the researcher themselves, as such ORCID iDs are not issued to deceased researchers. Our policy on deceased researchers who have created ORCID iDs is in section 9 of our privacy policy at http://orcid.org/privacy-policy

                                  Best,
                                  -Catalina
                                  ORCID Support

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                                    0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    Hi,

                                    Unfortunately ORCID is unable to offer support over phone at this time. We’re a start up company with a very small support department (just two people right now!) working with researchers around the world and it’s just not possible for us to offer assistance via phone at this time. But if you send us your issue at support@orcid.org or submit it though the question mark icon in the lower right on orcid.org pages we’ll be happy to help.

                                    Best,
                                    -Catalina
                                    ORCID Support

                                  • Use the user preferred language

                                    orcid.org pages should be shown on the user's preferred language (as set in the browser preferences) instead of having the user selecting it from the language selector.

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                                      2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      Hi,

                                      I wanted to follow up and let you know that I was mistaken when I said this was a bug. The orcid.org site uses cookies to remember which language you selected for future visits, but on your initial visit to orcid.org the default language is English.

                                      This decision was made on the advice of our translation contractor who told us the best practice is to present a website in it’s native language and allow users to select another language. If you know of any best practices that advise using browser settings instead, please let us know and we can review this decision.

                                      Best,
                                      -Catalina
                                      ORCID Support

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

                                        Hi,

                                        Following a conversation with the folks at CDL, we’ve decided not to add EZIDs as an indentifier type. As EZIDs are either DOIs or ARKs
                                        those fields can be used for adding these identifiers and having them correctly resolve to the object.

                                        Best,
                                        -Catalina

                                        - -

                                        This is a great suggestion. We’re looking into adding an option for EZID to an upcoming version of our schema. To help us put this in place, can you tell us how EZIDs should be resolved into a URL to provide a link to the dataset?

                                        Thanks,
                                        -Catalina
                                        ORCID Support

                                      • Suggest similar publications with each paper listed

                                        Sometimes looking for information does not always correlate with a paper used for a potential reference but suggesting other publications with a similar message will aid cross- referencing

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

                                          Thanks for your suggestion. I agree that suggesting similar publications can be very helpful to researchers, but it’s outside of ORCID’s scope to provide unique identifiers. We may consider they idea at a future time, but for now we don’t have the resources to pursue it.

                                          Best,
                                          -Catalina
                                          ORCID Support

                                        • Generating CV and metrics

                                          Enable the site to generate a sheet with the ORCID logo and membership and list of publications, to add on to a CV. A dashboard with some metrics such as citations, downloads (like in ImpactStory) or networks / world map of research collaborations would be useful, too.
                                          Thank you for the ORCID site, in anycase.

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                                            0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                            Hi,

                                            Thanks for the suggestion. While we may be able to add a tool for exporting works in a text forma at a later time, it doesn’t fit with our current development priorities so I’m declining this idea for now. Right now our development work is focused on building links between ORCID and other systems and completing more functionality within the Registry, like adding affiliations and grant.

                                            As for metrics, that’s addresses in another idea at http://support.orcid.org/forums/175591-orcid-ideas-forum/suggestions/3316029-provide-citation-counts-from-third-parties-e-g-

                                            Best,
                                            -Catalina
                                            ORCID Support

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