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  1. Add Kosovo to the country list

    Dear Madam/Sir,

    Upon registering the location of where I have completed my bachelor studies, I witnessed that Kosovo was not on the list of countries.

    I would greatly appreciate if Kosovo was listed in the list of countries in ORCID considering that the Independence of Kosovo is recognized internationally.

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      under review  ·  3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Search API - Need for additional fields in result list

      With API 2.0 all requests to /search are answered with just a list of identifiers.
      This is not sufficient for many use cases and forces clients to perform additional HTTP requests in order to present search results to human users.
      In my opinion the existing /search endpoint should be extended to display all available index fields if needed.
      This could easily be done without breaking existing contracts, e.g. by introducing another optional request parameter that allows clients to specify what fields should come with the response or by introducing an additional content type that allows clients to ask for full…

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        0 comments  ·  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.

        Warm regards,
        ORCID Community Team

      • Save all ORCID data into HTML to improve speed and search ranking

        At the moment, most of the information shown in an ORCID profile is loaded via JavaScript rather than being saved directly into the HTML. This creates a number of problems:

        - search engines cannot see any of that information (which is why even a blank Academia.edu page will tend to rank higher than a full ORCID record);
        - an ORCID record shows up almost empty if one is browsing without JavaScript enabled, with no indication that one is missing anything;
        - pages are slow to load and sometimes get stuck without loading completely;
        - pages do not load on older…

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          0 comments  ·  Search  ·  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.

          Warm regards,
          ORCID Community Team

        • list of supervised students/PhDs

          Would it be possible to add a field for a "list of supervised students/PhDs" to his ORCID profile.

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          • Latex code of the author's name

            Many co-authors and also publishers may not know how to write the author's name correctly. It would be really good, if I could put the latex code of my name to my profile. In that way, anyone can explicitly see the correct spelling of my name with accents and can also use it in the articles or the related databases.

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              0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              Thank you for your suggestion.

              Please note that we support UTF-8 and encourage systems to read such accordingly. Researchers can add all versions of their name encoded in UTF-8. If you find that another system is not reading your name from your ORCID record properly, please let us know and we can follow up to see if we can help troubleshoot this issue.

              That being said, would you be able to provide some examples/ use cases for this functionality?

              Kind regards,
              ORCID Communiy Team

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

                Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

                It looks like your suggestion was cut short. Could you please expand it in the comments? We can help to update your original post to reflect.

                Our understanding is that you are suggesting that an additional metadata item be added to works in the ORCID record. This item would indicate whether the work item is open access.

                Are you proposing something along the lines of true/false (which in the UI for manual entry might be a tickbox) ?

                Many thanks!

                Warm regards,
                ORCID Community Team

              • Display conference names in list of publications

                In publication data that is added to ORCID by Crossref many of my conference papers appear in the following format:

                Planar L-Drawings of Directed Graphs
                2018 | book-chapter
                DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-73915-1_36

                or, similarly, in data added by Scopus:

                Simultaneous drawing of planar graphs ...
                Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries ...)
                2015 | book
                EID: 2-s2.0-84923667076

                For most readers, however, it would be important to see at which conference these articles have appeared! This data is not accessible, even when you click on "details". In particular, both of the above articles have appeared in the same conference series (LNCS), so…

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                  0 comments  ·  * Search/Browse  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Add CORS headers to redirects from individual ORCID resources

                  After requesting an individual resource (e.g. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3617-9378) as linked data, the server responds with the following:

                  $ curl -I -L -H "Accept: text/turtle" https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3617-9378
                  HTTP 1.1 302 Found
                  Location: https://pub.orcid.org/experimental_rdf_v1/0000-0002-3617-9378
                  ...

                  HTTP/1.1 200 OK
                  Access-Control-Allow-Origin: *
                  ...

                  While CORS headers are included on the the resource that is redirected to, they are not included in the redirect itself. This makes it impossible to make a cross-origin request for an ORCID resource via the canonical URL.

                  It would be great if the same Access-Control-Allow-Origin header could be added to the 302 response.

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

                    Thank you for your reporting this bug.

                    Our Dev Team will soon start working to fix this and we will keep you updated here.

                    Kind regards,
                    ORCID Community Team

                  • The ORCID ID green box should be wider

                    Every time I tried to copy my ORCID ID from the top left green box by marking it with the mouse, I instead ended selecting part of the column under it and even part of the Biography.

                    I think this can be easily solved by making a wider green box, adding whitespaces at the end of the ID, or using a smaller font size inside that box.

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

                        Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

                        We will look into the feasibility of adding anchor links or something similar to each section of the ORCID record as a possible item for future development.

                        Warm regards,
                        ORCID Community Team

                      • Include search terms and give more context with search results

                        A search of the surname Yang and given name Yang (Yang Yang) returns over 350 authors. Using the affiliation might winnow this down but maybe I don't know the affiliation or the affiliation hasn't been updated or isn't in the system. It would be useful to be able to a) add searchable terms to filter the results and b) to show a summary of the author's metadata when the cursor scrolls over the link.

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                          0 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Sort should be able to be saved

                          The sort feature is helpful but it cannot be saved. I would like to sort based on relevance (not necessarily date or alphabetically) but cannot save it for my profile. For example, I completed a PhD but later earned a masters in another field. I would like to list my PhD first since it is most relevant. If someone looked at my record they may erroneously think I only have a masters degree. Allowing me to save my sort for my profile would be very helpful.

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                            2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            Thank you for your suggestion for improving the ORCID Registry.

                            Our understanding is that you are requesting the ability to do one of the following:

                            1. Allow the user to personally reorder items in, e.g., an affiliation list in order to have one’s preferred item display at the top

                            2. Allow the user to save a certain sort view as the default view in their personal record (/my-orcid ) and public record (/0000-000x-xxxx-xxxx)

                            Could you please clarify which you are proposing? Many thanks.

                            Warm regards,
                            ORCID Community Team

                          • Each work should show identifiers from all sources

                            When a work has both Scopus and ResearchedID sources the UI shows either EID or WOSUID, depending on the primary source. But I as a user want to see all identifiers for each work. This would allow me to quickly find out which works were indexed by different citation indices.

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

                              Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

                              This is something similar to what occurs when reading an ORCID record using the ORCID API. When querying the /record, /activities or /works section, all identifiers for a work are displayed. You can read more about this at https://members.orcid.org/api/tutorial/reading-xml

                              As you note this is not the practice on the user interface at present. This is because a key principle of ORCID is that the party who adds information to an ORCID record is the party responsible for that information, and we do not add or edit that data. If all of the identifiers of a grouped work were to be displayed on the version of the preferred source of that work, then that would involve adding identifiers which a source had not asserted.

                              As the ORCID record owner, you can use the “Make a copy” feature to make a self-asserted…

                            • add delimiter between multiple Access Types in Account Settings

                              Some trusted organizations add several access types and currently, these are listed with just a white space in between.

                              "ScholarOne Manuscripts" is one example => "Read your biographical information Get your ORCID iD"

                              In order to improve readability, please consider adding a delimiter like & there, or breaking such records into a small list:

                              - Read your biographical information
                              - Get your ORCID iD

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

                                Warm regards,
                                ORCID Community Team

                              • BibTeX Import Supports @String

                                When importing BibTeX, your parser is not recognising @String definitions or is failing to expand them appropriately. The import just fails with no guidance to the user.

                                Example:

                                @String { MVA = {Machine Vision and Applications} }

                                @Article{Khan.etal.2015,
                                Title = {Better than {SIFT}?},
                                Author = {Khan, Nabeel and McCane, Brendan and Mills, Steven},
                                Journal = MVA,
                                Year = {2015},
                                Number = {6},
                                Pages = {819--836},
                                Volume = {26},
                                DOI = {10.1007/s00138-015-0689-7}
                                }

                                Fails, but

                                @Article{Khan.etal.2015,
                                Title = {Better than {SIFT}?},
                                Author = {Khan, Nabeel and McCane, Brendan and Mills, Steven},
                                Journal = {Machine Vision and Applications},
                                Year = {2015},
                                Number…

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

                                  Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

                                  We will flag this for our team to look into for future development of our BibTeX parser.

                                  You can help this process by joining our efforts. ORCID is an open-source project that relies strongly on community support. We welcome your contributions to improve our BibTeX parser: https://github.com/ORCID/bibtexParseJs

                                  Warm regards,
                                  ORCID Community Team

                                • work:url be included in the /record summary view

                                  For a work that has only a URL associated with it (particularly if it is entered manually), there are a number of places to enter it. If the URL is included as an identifier <common:external-id-type>uri</common:external-id-type>, it will be included in the /record summary view. If it is not included as an identifier, it will be included in the /work view as <work:url>. I'd like to ask that <work:url> be included in the summary view (or for work:url to be copied to identifier type uri) so as to avoid making multiple calls to pull back all possible identifiers for a given…

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                                    1 comment  ·  * Metadata/Data Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Improve display of publication details

                                    If you view an ORCID record and click on Show Details next to a publication, the upcoming detailed view looks in many cases very unattractive. You often (or always) see the record first in a bibtex view which is cryptic and hard to read. Why not showing an ordinary html view, e.g. a PubMed-like view as default?

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

                                      Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

                                      The ORCID record is intended to be a record of your research output, affiliations, funding history, etc. We store limited metadata information for each item based on the information that you have added to your ORCID record, or that you have granted an ORCID member organization such as Europe PubMed Central to add on your behalf.

                                      The citation that is displayed in the ORCID is based on the citation provided with the work. We recommend that BibTeX citations be added to works. This enables you to have a verbose BibTeX citation when you export your works in BibTeX format, and it includes additional information than can be stored in the ORCID record, e.g. page numbers.

                                      Keeping the above in mind, if you have specific suggestions on how information could be displayed on the ORCID record, please let us know.

                                      Warm regards, …

                                    • BibTeX import feature should include a verbose error report

                                      You make the bibtex import report errors when it reaches them.

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                                        1 comment  ·  Research Activities-Works  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

                                        We have as flagged as a future improvement possibility adding more verbose error messages in response to BibTeX import issues. As we consider this feature, it would be helpful if you could suggest what information you would expect to see during the error report.

                                        In addition, please note that generally we encourage you to import works using the machine-to-machine connections using our Search & Link wizards, such as Scopus, ResearcherID, EuropePubMed Central, and Crossref.

                                        If you are experiencing problems with importing a specific BibTeX file, please get in touch with support@orcid.org and provide both the file as well as the system from which it was generated. There are some systems, such as EndNote, which require that you apply additional filters when generating the original BibTeX file, as those systems may include nonstandard or unsupported information in the BibTeX.

                                        Thank you.

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                                      • Making "affiliation" more general

                                        We are considering adding "affiliation" as a general term to describe the relationship between an organization and an individual and would welcome your feedback on this suggestion.

                                        In the longer term this could be the top level of a hierarchy to describe an individual's relationship with an organization (affiliation = education, employment, membership (?), other?).

                                        This would allow us to group all places together in the same way as "works" is already used as a single category.

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                                          11 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          Thanks to all who have supported and contributed to this iDea.

                                          Based on the community’s feedback, we have expanded the affiliations section of the ORCID record to four:
                                          1. Educations and Qualifications
                                          2. Employment
                                          3. Invited positions and Distinctions
                                          4. Membership and Service

                                          The new affiliations will soon be visible in the user interface, and organizations which are testing the first release candidate of API 3.0 will be able to try adding the new affiliation types. For more information, see: Expanding Affiliations in ORCID: An Update https://orcid.org/blog/2018/03/01/expanding-affiliations-orcid-update

                                          Keep watch on our Current Development Trello board / GitHub for our work on 3.0 RC1:
                                          https://trello.com/b/iuJwm8A6

                                          Warm regards,
                                          ORCID Community Team

                                        • display

                                          A recent blog post highlighted new features including an easy way to display one's ORCID on their web page.

                                          The user clicks a link and then copies some HTML code to embed in their page.

                                          But is there a way to include semantic markup of the ORCID in that code?

                                          I would guess that schema.org has some identifier namespace that could include the ORCID. No?

                                          Wouldn't that enhance the findability and usability of the person and their ID with very little effort?

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                                            0 comments  ·  Connections with other systems  ·  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.

                                            Warm regards,
                                            ORCID Community Team

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