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# ORCID iDeas Forum

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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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• ## 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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• ## Improve Search Options

Please try to improve Search options in 2 ways:
1.- Aspect: show Search box in another locatiom, shape and colours. It's not obvious that this grey line is the Search box.
2.- More fields in Advanced Search: add affiliation and fields combined with Boolean operators
Thanks.

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Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry. Since you’ve first submitted this suggestion, we’ve improved the appearance of the search bar, and are now working on the affiliations search. You can follow progress on the Current Development Trello at:
https://trello.com/c/7OywbDz8/3102

In the meantime, we would suggest that those looking into advanced search options also consider using the ORCID Public API. A tutorial is available at:
https://members.orcid.org/api/tutorial-searching-data-using-api

Warm regards,
ORCID Community Team

• ## 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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• ## Link "Grant" entries with "Work" entries

This feature will ease the identification of the outcome from funded research, for the stakeholders.

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Hi,

Just letting you know that we’re moving this suggestion from Postposed to planned as it is something we want to start working on this year. We’re still in the early phases of figuring out the best way to link Works and Grants but we’ll keep you updated as we make progress on this feature.

Best,
-Catalina
ORCID Support

• ## ORCiD inbox links to actual works, not entire list

The Inbox currently shows which service has updated my Work section, and presents a link 'View on your record'. That link shows the entire list of works (for me, it basically goes to https://orcid.org/my-orcid). I often cannot find which work was added. It would be great if somehow that could be made transparent, ideally by opening up the relevant work(s) in a separate window/page.

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Thank you for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

At present, the current stable version of the ORCID API, v1.2, does not make it possible to clearly state which items have been added or updated to the ORCID record via the ORCID API. (This is what such notifications are indicating.)

The simplest method to determine what was added or updated at present is by checking the creation date (via more details view). The modification date can also be viewed via the ORCID public API.

The API version currently in development, v2.0, supports the addition and updating of individual works items. It is possible that this could result in more informative notifications.

We would appreciate hearing further suggestions on how the addition/update notifications can improve. What information do you expect to see in them?

• ## Provide authentication with OpenID Connect

Since plain oauth for accessing the API is primarily for authorization, it would be great to be able to use ORCID as an authentication provider with an open standard as OpenID Connect. Users could then easily log into other research platforms using their ORCID account.

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We are glad to let you know that ORCID is adding support for OpenID and we would like your help testing it.

OpenID Connect is a simple identity layer on top of the OAuth 2.0 protocol. It supplements existing OAuth authentication flows and provides information about users to clients in a well-described manner. ORCID provides the Basic OpenID Provider conformance profile: a new openid scope is available for our beta testers, which can be used as part of the existing authentication flow and will result in an OpenID token being returned with the access token. For further information, see: https://members.orcid.org/api/news/beta-testers-wanted-orcid-openid-connect

We encourage that all interested parties join the beta test to provide feedback. OpenID support is available for both member and public API clients. If you’re interested in helping test OpenID support, please contact support@orcid.org

Warm regards,
ORCID Community Team

• ## Default "email" privacy level to "limited"

I am working in entegrating an external service to ORCID, by letting local users authenticate via ORCID's OAuth.
Since we keep track of user email address, it would be extremely handy if by default email addresses were available in ORCID's profile, so that third party services like ours could match local users with existing profiles.

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This is a great suggestion, but one that needs review before we can act on it. As ORCID is an international undertaking we have to comply with privacy regulations in numerous countries, some of which affect how we are able to share email address, even with trusted parties.

Warm regards,
ORCID Community Team

• ## Add support for RIS-formatted citations

The site currently has support for BibTeX and human-readable formatted citation formats. Add the ability to enter citations in RIS format.

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Thanks for submitting your idea to improve the ORCID Registry. Starting the week of Nov 12, and continuing weekly through December the Registry Stability Working Group will meet to help us prioritize all the functions and bugs that have been submitted, at that time you might see the status of your idea change after the Working Group assigns it a priority. While we want to get to every suggestion, our limited staff time means that some features will have to wait until future development cycles. The full process of how an idea turns into an active part of the ORCID Registry is described in the article How are new features decided?

ORCID works with the involvement and support of the community, and we appreciate your taking the time to help make the Registry better. In the three weeks since our launch, we’ve received a lot of great suggestions for the…

• ## Add a preprint field to direct to openly available versions of a work

Please consider adding a new field for a preprint identifier or link that could be added to existing works. This would allow someone visiting a profile to find an openly accessible version of a work (e.g., journal or conference paper).

In many fields, "green open access" is more practical than "gold open access" due to a lack of recognized OA journals. Thus, many authors wanting to make a paper available will submit it to a preprint server (such as arXiv, figshare, or Zenodo) in addition to publishing in a traditional (closed) journal.

Currently, there doesn't seem to be an obvious…

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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.

That said, do note that it is currently possible to import a work that is available from Figshare and Zenodo to the ORCID record via Datacite (see e.g. this document shared by ImpactStory http://goo.gl/Fjn8x ). : )

Warm regards,
ORCID Community Engagement and Support

• ## make the site validate correctly with W3C

ORCID pages do not seem to be valid HTML5 according to
http://validator.w3.org

E.g. mine reports many errors, mostly unescaped & symbols and img tags without alt text, which should both be fairly easy to fix, http://validator.w3.org/check?uri=http%3A%2F%2Forcid.org%2F0000-0002-7676-7860

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Great suggestion. This is on our list of things to do, it just doesn’t have a high priority. I’ve listed the idea as under review as we will need to have staff look into it further before we make any changes.

Best,
-Catalina
ORCID Support

• ## Make organisations clickable

Why can't I click on "Robert Gordon University" in a profile like http://orcid.org/0000-0002-0570-7086 to see, which researchers in a certain organisation are registered in ORCID? That would be really useful for discovery purposes.

Please put links behind the organisation's names! URIs for each institution would be helpful here, I guess.

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Hi,

Thanks for the suggestion. We’re currently working on a way to make affiliation information searchable. After that we can think about trying to link it, though it may be a large project as one institution often has different names, or user entered a sub-organization which has a different name. But we will look into this after more pressing functionality is complete.

Best,
-Catalina
ORCID Support

• ## Group DOIs with case insensitive comparison to resolve works duplication

I think that when comparing the DOIs of works to decide what to group, you aren't parsing them to be case insensitive using ASCII case folding for comparison of text.
https://www.doi.org/doi_handbook/2_Numbering.html#2.4
The doi:10.1002/14651858.CD001730.pub3 is equivalent to doi:10.1002/14651858.cd001730.pub3
but Scopus and CrossRef are using these two different presentations, which then list as separate works in ORCID.
Although in this this case I can create a manual entry with the Scopus ID and the DOI as listed by CrossRef, I shouldn't have to and the Scopus presentation of the DOI is the one preferred by the publisher.

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Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

Currently the ORCID Registry processes all identifiers as being case sensitive. This is a known issue — some identifiers are case sensitive, whilst others are not.

Our team recognize this issue and will be addressing it by cataloguing our identifiers, their case sensitivity, and other validity issues, then putting these into effect and potentially sharing some of the data in the identifiers API (https://pub.orcid.org/v2.0/identifiers/ ).

We currently have looking into the identifiers scheduled to commence April 2017 and shall update you when we are further into the project.

Warm regards,
ORCID Community Team

• ## Login state should be consistent throughout the site

Once a user logs in, the "My ORCID Record" will correctly display options for logged-in users (such as "sign out" the sign out link).

From there, click on the ORCID logo will bring you to the about.orcid.org page, which looks as though you have to log in again. For instance, the "sign out" button is replaced by a "sign in" button. The user also loses the links to their "My ORCID Record" page.

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Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

This occurs because there are actually two sites: The ORCID Registry (into which you sign in) and a static ORCID website.

We do want the sign-in state to stay consistent as you move throughout the ORCID site and are planning this as part of our interface upgrade. We’ll update this thread as we have further information.

Warm regards,
ORCID Community Team

• ## Ability to denote which Co-Author of an article is associated with this Orcid Id

Add the ability to indicate which coauthor on an article this user's Orcid id is associated with. In the made up example below, it is ambiguous which J Smith is associated with "this" Orcid id.
J. Smith, J. Smith, and J. Smith (2007), Cats and Their Habits, Journal of Moggies, pg 1-1000.

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This is something we’re looking into. In the next year we’ll be adding new functionality for contribution and specifically the roles of researchers in works. The new functionality may be able to address this issue.

Best,
-Catalina
ORCID Support

• ## Allow authors to list related work (e.g. a dataset or supplementary material) under a publication in a related works or tabbed section.

At the moment every work shows up the same. It would be great if you could link subsidiary or related works under a publication, for example, a link to the Dryad or Figshare source for the underlying data or to a preprint repository for an author manuscript.

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This is a great suggestion and one that’s in our long term plan. In addition to linking works we want to be able to link funding items that may have support the works and create other connections between items on an ORCID record. While we won’t be able to add this soon as we have so much other functionality we’re working on, this is part of the plan for ORCID.

Best,
-Catalina
ORCID Support

• ## Allow users to add other identifers to their profiles

[Further to my recent off-line conversation with Laure Haak]

ORCID has integration with ISNI and ReseracherID, which is great, but should also allow users to enter other identifiers, such as VIAF and Wikidata IDS in their profile.

[Including Wikidata effectively gives a link to any Wikipedia biographies of the person.]

These could be entered as strings (and perhaps validated using check digits) and made links to the relevant external sites.

The values should be available via API.

If, later the systems that provide the identifiers have full, two-way integration, the data will thus be already available.

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Hi Andy,

This is an excellent suggestion and one we’ve talked about a few times at ORCID. I’ve marked it as under review as we’ll need to figure out the best way to include these other identifiers, before we can start work on it. But hopefully this is something we’ll be able to fit into our development priorities this year.

Best,
-Catalina
ORCID Support

• ## Sort entries in the education, employment and funding sections by end date instead of start date

If there are two or more concurrent grants, for example, sorting by end date usually produces a more reasonable order.

Consider the following situation:
Grant 1: $500 000, 01/2014 - 12/2016 Grant 2:$15 000, 12/2014-04/2015

Those are now displayed in the order Grant 2, Grant 1 and will be displayed this way even in mid-2016, when no one cares about Grant 2 anymore. The same is true for the tab education, where e.g. a short stay at a foreign university always pops to the top.

Sorting by end dates solves these issues, because the topmost entry is either the…

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Thanks again for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

We’re looking into this issue and would like to raise a question for your consideration. What do you think should be done in instances of open end dates? For example, an employment may be on an open-ended contract — should this be understood to be active and therefore floated to the top of the list?

Warm regards,
ORCID Community Team

• ## Use mathjax for proper display of Tex formulas/equations in Works titles

The Tex formulas in titles and abstracts do not appear properly in the public profile pages (example: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-0219-2750). Using Mathjax may be a solution for this problem.

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Thanks for the suggestion. We agree that adding a way to mark up text based formulas would be a nice feature. However, it won’t fit in our near term development plan as right now we’re focused on release new features to make the entire Registry more robust. We’ll review this suggestion once we have more developer time and as the demand grows.

Best,
-Catalina
ORCID Support

• ## Roles in the "add manually" section

Can you include "Acknowledged" or "Contributor" to the roles dropdown so you can claim papers you helped with, but didn't qualify for authorship

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We’ve combined a couple suggestions about researcher roles into this idea where we can keep you updated with progress. ORCID is planning to review the role options that we capture and how those roles are displayed shortly. We will be including all the ideas proposed in the forum in that review and will provide an update once that review is done. If you have any more suggestions for roles please leave them as a comment on this idea.

Best,
-Catalina
ORCID Support

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