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  1. ORCID br used to clarify the way authors' names should be used in text bodies and references

    the left column should display fields where ORCID members can clarify the way their first, middle, patronymic, etc. and last name(s) should be used in the body of texts. Fields could be full name, abbreviated version, should be quoted as, and should be alphabetized alphabetized as. Users of non-English systems, who are majority in the world and in Academia, need to fight in nearly every single publication to get our names right. Nobody seems to assume any responsibility for entering wrong spellings and names and it has a measurable negative impact on our visibility. Let ORCID fix this once and…

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      27 comments  ·  ORCID Record - Personal Information  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 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…

      • Exporting citations

        - It would be good to allow export of citations from the public view
        - It would be good that the exported bibtex would be consistent in naming the author. One basic interest of orcid is disambiguation of authors' names. The entries coming from different sources are not homogeneous in formating names (sometimes leading to erroneous spellings). At least the author from the concerned Orcid page whould be formatted correctly. At least, the first name/last name split should work!

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          0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

          Regarding exporting citations from the public view:
          Presently one can create a print view only from a public ORCID record. Are you suggesting some other format?

          Regarding the exported BibTeX:

          Our BibTeX export tool exports the BibTeX already in your work’s metadata by default. If a third-party organization added a work to your ORCID record with a BibTeX citation that had different naming information, then the citation will include different information from our automatically-generated BibTeX.

          For more on exported BibTeX, see: https://support.orcid.org/knowledgebase/articles/1807552

          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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            0 comments  ·  * Metadata/Data Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 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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            • Improve grouping / deduplication of publications

              When updating an ORCID record from various literature sources like Scopus, CrossRef, own entries, Pure, it happens easily that duplicates are not automatically being detected and hidden in the public view. Instead, you have to manually go through the list and hide duplicates. Only, if records contain the same doi the deduplication works.
              Could this please be improved? Please try to establish a robust deduplication algorithm.

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

                Hello,

                Thanks for your iDea to improve the ORCID registry.

                The way the ORCID interface works is that publications which have the same identifier (e.g. PMID, DOI) with the same “self” relationship are grouped together into one item. This way a publication isn’t listed multiple times if you added it from multiple sources, such as importing a publication from Scopus and ResearcherID. It looks like the problem on your record is that some of the items from ResearcherID were provided without an identifier.

                If the identifiers are the same on two works which are not grouping, then the likely cause is due to the identifiers not sharing the same case (e.g. DOI: 10.0281/1234A.03 and DOI: 10.0281/1234a.03 ). Currently the ORCID Registry processes all identifiers as being case sensitive. This is a known issue — some identifiers are case sensitive, whilst others, such as DOIs, are not.

              • 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.

                  Warm…

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                    1 comment  ·  Research Activities-Works  ·  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, …

                    • Allow persistent sign-in states

                      Apparently users are being logged out after 20 mins of inactivity, when closing the browser or when integrated systems force it, see Twitter discussion at https://twitter.com/ORCID_Org/status/865153183219187713

                      This makes ORCID extremely frustrating to use for many users, as one is basically forced to re-login each and every time one uses the website.

                      There should be an option for "staying logged in", as most other websites (Facebook, Twitter, gmail etc.) offer, which will not log you out unless specifically requested.

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                        0 comments  ·  ORCID User Interface Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Implement API for token revocation

                        At present, tokens can be issued using ORCID's OAuth API but they can't be revoked except by a user manually going to their Account settings on the main orcid.org website (https://orcid.org/account).

                        OAuth providers such as Google provide the ability for a token holder to revoke the token via an API. For example, see https://developers.google.com/identity/protocols/OAuth2WebServer#tokenrevoke

                        One current suggested flow of an application simply deleting the token from its database is unsafe, as the token is still valid (for up to 20 years) and is at risk of being found/brute-forced and abused. The other suggested flow of instructing the user…

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                          0 comments  ·  API Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                          Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry. This is a great idea, and it’s something that is possible to do using refresh tokens by revoking the original token. This will render the original token invalid and remove the active permissions in the user’s Trusted Organizations list.

                          You can find our page on refresh tokens and example calls at our member support centre:
                          https://members.orcid.org/api/oauth/refresh-tokens

                          For the time being, we’re also going to mark this as under review, as having a specific call for token revocation may be something that we would like to implement in the near future also.

                          Warm regards,
                          ORCID Community Team

                        • Third box for filling in author's names

                          It would be a good idea to divide authors' names in three parts instead of two: for instance, Dutch authors often have insertions in their names: given name, insertion(s), last name. Insertions can be for instance "van", "de" or "van de", causing authors, as it is now, to be found under the V or D of the insertions instead of under the first letter of their last name. A solution could be a third or middle box, in which insertions can be filled in. That could also be used by people who want to use their middle name: alphabetizing for…

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                            2 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 Engagement and Support

                          • Review of work categories and types

                            There have been several ideas related to the current work categories and types on the ORCID record and suggestions for addition and improvement. This thread will combine these ideas together, as well as serving as a place to discuss additional suggested categories or work types.

                            By way of background: The current listing of work types (see https://members.orcid.org/api/supported-work-types) is sourced from the CASRAI Output Standards. We would now like to open a discussion about the best approach to adding future work categories and types with the ORCID Community, through our iDeasForum.

                            Thank you for your suggestions to improve the ORCID…

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                              under review  ·  43 comments  ·  Research Activities-Works  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Start dates should be optional

                              It seems that the start date is now a required field for employment and education. What's the motivation for this change? These dates are sometimes unknown, or users don't want to share them due to privacy reasons. We've already received feedback from several users who didn't feel comfortable sharing these dates, and they decided to remove their Education sections completely. Is it possible to change this back to an optional field?

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                                0 comments  ·  ORCID Record - Personal Information  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • to disambiguate results, please show additional information in your search results

                                To help to disambiguate results, please show additional information in your search results. Country, organisation, a social network handle, a keyword, anything...

                                See examples of problematic search results here: https://twitter.com/researchwhisper/status/865362578326798336

                                "We provide this service to help people find information…" - currently, that is hard to do because I have to individually look at each record to see if it is the individual that I'm looking for.

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

                                  Thanks for your suggestion. We’ll put it under review to our team.

                                  Please note that we generally do not recommend searching to find researchers’ ORCID iDs. Rather, we recommend asking them to provide their ORCID iD.

                                  For systems, this would be by requesting that researchers sign into ORCID to provide their ORCID iD via authentication.

                                  For individuals, this would be by asking the researcher directly for their ORCID iD.

                                  Warm regards,
                                  The ORCID 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

                                  • Add rel="me" to "Display my iD" markup

                                    The new "Display my iD" feature is great. The markup currently includes:

                                    rel="noopener noreferrer"

                                    Please change that to:

                                    rel="noopener noreferrer me"

                                    (the word order is not significant; "me noopener noreferrer" would work if you prefer) as done elsewhere on the site as a result of:

                                    https://support.orcid.org/forums/175591-orcid-ideas-forum/suggestions/3271302-add-rel-me-to-links-to-users-websites

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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

                                    • Allow publicaton dates by season

                                      I have just added a work which was published in a journal with the cover date "Autumn 2017". I do not know if it was published in August or September, or will not be published until October.

                                      Users should be able to specify a date in the format "[Season] ([Hemisphere]), [Year]".

                                      Hemisphere is needed because, for example, Autumn occurs differently in the northern and southern hemispheres.

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                                      • Add IPv6 support for the orcid.org domain

                                        Currently the website is only served and accessible over IPv4 and it would be great to have IPv6 supported for forward compatibility.

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                                          0 comments  ·  * Search/Browse  ·  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 Engagement and Support

                                        • Implement W3C's "Proposal for the Improvement of the Semantics of ORCIDs"

                                          Phil Archer, of the W3C, has written a paper [1] recommending some simple changes to ORCID's linked data, to make it more easily usable and to add semantic richness.

                                          [1] http://www.w3.org/2015/03/orcid-semantics

                                          (Idea originally posted on 15.04.2015 and merged by mistake http://support.orcid.org/forums/175591-orcid-ideas-forum/suggestions/3426459-make-the-site-validate-correctly-with-w3c)

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