Offer an option to make publications "public" by default
Why dis all my Scopus publications imported wind up "Private"? I really don't want to have to go change them one at a time! Offer a "public" setting as a prominent choice!
Great news! This feature has just been released. check out our blog to learn more: http://about.orcid.org/blog/2013/01/18/orcid-tech-update-default-privacy-settings
Peter Cock commented
Revisited Orcid today - last time my Scopus import seemed to fail, but it worked this time (bar creating duplicates where a paper was already present, I think that's already been reported). However, having to manually change all the papers from "private" to "public" was incredibly annoying and time consuming: The dialogue window is tiny, even though I have a large monitor, meaning lots and lots of scrolling with the mouse. i.e. For each paper I had to scroll, click to open the popup menu, and click again to select public.
The suggestion to make imported papers default to public is sensible. Improving the interface for managing your "works" would also help.
I strongly support a default setting of "public" for works/publications
Surely the whole point of initiatives like this is to facilitate openness and identification of published work. The very word "published" means that authors do not have an expectation of privacy in this context.
A secondary point is that for a new initiative like ORCID, we surely want to make the system as easy to use as possible to maximise participation. It's a pain to have to manually change all your publications to "public" and this will surely only have the effect of decreasing engagement/take up?
Michael Twidale commented
I appreciate the concern about privacy. But surely most people want their publications to be public. That's why they published them in the first place
This should start immediately. I consider ORCID of no use to me until the choice for all publications to be "public" exists.
Gavin Simpson commented
What is more, you can't even change them to be Public once imported, at least today you couldn't when I tried, twice!