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  1. Author lists and the associated ORCiDs are not provided in article metadata

    ORCiD provides poor information about the authors of articles associated to a given ORCiD. Most of the time, they have to be retrieved from the BibTeX metadata, which has no ORCiD in it.

    This can be observed with the API. For instance, here is represented one of the works of http://orcid.org/0000-0003-4371-1286:

    "work-citation" : {
    "work-citation-type" : "BIBTEX",
    "citation" : "@article { duch2007,\n\ttitle = {On the average cost of insertions on random relaxed K-d trees},\n\tjournal = {Proceedings of the 9th Workshop on Algorithm Engineering and Experiments and the 4th Workshop on Analytic Algorithms and Combinatorics},\n\tyear = {2007},\n\tpages = {194-200},\n\tauthor =…

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

      Hi,

      Thanks for you suggestion, however this is not something ORCID can fix. The works added to users’ records all come from sources outside the ORCID Registry. The works are either imported from one of the tools that offers a Search & Link Wizard with ORCID or are added by the user. And the metadata for each work is supplied by the source of the work. Some sources provide information in the work-contributor field, while others, like Scopus, which is the source of the work you reference, do not. However, most sources include information in the citation field (in BibTeX or another format) so this information can be retrieved.

      Best,
      -Catalina
      ORCID Support

    • Assign ORCIDs to sets of co-authors

      I work with an institutional repository now depositing a paper with more than 300 co-authors. We're also talking about what we'd do with the paper reported in Nature News with more than 5,000 co-authors.
      http://www.nature.com/news/physics-paper-sets-record-with-more-than-5-000-authors-1.17567

      Here's a thought. Imagine that ORCID allowed a researcher to create a set of co-authors for a given paper by clicking ORCID checkboxes, roughly as Gmail users can create an email list by clicking individual Gmail contacts. The resulting set of authors would have a single ORCID. It might be used only once, or it might be used many times, depending upon how many times…

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        1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        Hi,

        Thanks for the suggestion, but the ORCID Registry is designed specifically for assigning identifiers to individual researchers. The Registry’s functionality, our terms of use, and the basic design of how ORCID iDs are link to publications and other research outputs are all based on a single individual person associated with the ORCID iD. Redesigning everything to allow for iDs assigned to a group isn’t feasible for us. While we agree that a solution to identify groups of authors is needed, that solution isn’t ORCID identifiers.

        Best,
        -Catalina
        ORCID Support

      • BibTeX import does not have missing "Contributor" field...

        BibTeX imported entries do not have "Contributor" fields for some reason. The "citation" field correctly has the author information though.

        When I pull my entries from NCBI SciENcv system to create the CV, no author information is transferred.

        I think this is a bug in the ORCID import function, but not sure.

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          2 comments  ·  * Metadata/Data Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Allow batch entry of works via structured template (e.g. csv)

          My publications aren't in any of your listed sources. So I need to enter my publications manually. I click on this option and find I have to enter them one by one. 20 or so fields 40 times. Arrgh! How about allowing batch uploads of multiple records at once using a simple structured document format, e.g. .csv. New users could then upload all their existing publications in a single action. I am not sure I have the patience to do this initial record-by-record upload :-)

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

            Hi,

            Just letting you know that we now offer a new tool to batch enter works form BibTeX format. For information about that tool see http://support.orcid.org/knowledgebase/articles/390530. In addition the list of tools you can use to automatically import works from our member databases has also increased, see http://support.orcid.org/knowledgebase/articles/188278

            With these new tools available we will not be working on a way to add works from a csv file, so I’m closing this iDea. Thanks for taking the time to provide your feedback.

            Thanks,
            -Catalina
            ORCID Support

          • 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 →
                        • 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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                              • 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

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