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  1. ORCID should integrate with other Journals to reach out to global research awareness

    Research contributions considered to contain relevant information that can enhance global development in all fields of study should be encouraged.

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      1 comment  ·  Collaboration Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Thank you for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

      Many journals integrate with ORCID to identify researchers and their research, using their own platforms, or those already built to support ORCID: https://members.orcid.org/api/vendors/publisher-tools

      Publishers have also come together to commit to requiring ORCID iDs in their publication workflows, see:
      https://orcid.org/content/requiring-orcid-publication-workflows-open-letter

      Warm regards,
      ORCID Community Team

    • Allow ORCID to record reviewer tasks

      As we are already using ORCID to track papers and other works published, why not include reviewer tasks. Depending on journal policy it can be blind or open what was revievew.

      This way we dont have to register at 3rd party sites like publon and others.

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        Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

        ORCID launched our peer review functionality in 2015. Researchers reviewing for participating organizations provide their ORCID iD when accepting a peer review assignment and, upon completion, the organization posts an acknowledgement of their review activity to the reviewer’s ORCID record if the researcher has granted permission to do so. The review activity can be as general or specific as required, in order to support open or double blind peer reviews.

        As of September 2017, 10 organizations have implemented ORCID peer review and three — AGU, F1000, and Publons — have recognized review activities on 9,800 ORCID records. For more data related to peer review on ORCID, see:
        https://orcid.org/blog/2017/09/14/peer-review-orcid-update

        For more information on what goes into the peer review functionality on ORCID, see:
        https://orcid.org/blog/2016/09/22/recognizereview-orcid

        Warm regards,
        ORCID Community Team

      • You can better control whether same or similar records being imported from different sources overright or duplicate

        While the problem with duplicates seems to have been well covered in other peoples ideas, and we also want better systems in place to manage these, we also have evidence that some systems (ResearcherID in this case) will overwrite works that already appear in an ORCID record and that these works are actually NOT the same. At the least it would be good to be able to control if the import overwrites or duplicates in these instances.

        Posted on behalf of the University of Otago Subject Librarian team.

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

          ORCID have a process built into the Registry that groups works, funding items, and peer review contributions. However this may be different from how other systems may perform them, as no items are deleted.

          As you may imagine, much as we do not disambiguate researchers based on the name alone, we do not disambiguate works (or funding or peer review items) based on the name alone. Rather, grouping on the ORCID records functions is by grouping based on the persistent identifier (PID). I’ll use works as an explanation. When multiple works are added from different sources with the same identifier, they are grouped together on the ORCID record.

          We see this as a good thing: Multiple versions mean multiple assertions of the same data, e.g. a work. This builds trust in the data belonging to that user.

          An example can be seen on the record of our Executive…

        • Hindi shall be one of the languages offered in ORCiD

          Hindi in Devanagari script is a language that is understood by majority of World population. Many research activities based on Sanskrit can be linked up if Devanagari Hindi is included by ORCiD. It will increase the accessibility of research to common man and research community equally. The unicode fonts available in Devanagari make it easy to write, read, interpret Hindi easily.

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

            Thanks for your suggestion.

            ORCID is committed to supporting the international community by providing the ORCID Registry interface in several of the most common languages of our users. We work closely with members of the ORCID community to develop translations of ORCID content.

            You can join our team of translators and reviewers to create a Hindi version of the ORCID Registry. Learn more here: https://orcid.org/blog/2017/10/26/localize-orcid

            Warm regards,
            ORCID Community Team

          • 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 →
            • Privacy badger + tracking

              Visiting the public http://orcid.org/0000-0003-2016-4208 page Privacy Badger reports two possible issues: Apparently it decided that widget.uservoice.com is tracking me, and blocked it. That's of course an error, and I could enable it manually, but maybe this should be mentioned somewhere. It also reports that www.google-analytics.com is NOT tracking me, that's a false negative, I blocked google-analytics in /etc/hosts.

              If that affects all visitors of public profiles you need a privacy policy for visitors and maybe a legal counsel familiar with EU privacy laws "years ago" (and again next year, so "now" could be an excellent time.)

              An ordinary Chrome AdBlock…

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                0 comments  ·  Security  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                Thanks for your message. Please refer to our knowledge base article Cookies and plugins https://support.orcid.org/knowledgebase/articles/159728 :

                ORCID’s websites use cookies. We use cookies to provide you a better user experience.

                Cookies from our customer support tool, UserVoice, provide us information about the browser you’re using, or whether you have contacted us about a similar problem in the past. This helps us provide you with better customer service.

                Cookies from the site analytics tool, Google Analytics, provide general and anonymized information about how users access and use the ORCID website. This includes the most commonly used browsers, which languages our users read, and which integrated sites are providing the most benefits to users. This information helps us to understand where improvements or new features are needed.

                Some users prefer to disable cookies from some services. The orcid.org website supports tools to disable cookies, and does not require cookies from UserVoice or…

              • Make signing in / signing out more robust

                I am rather recent to ORCID, or rather, I am just starting to seriously working with it. Within one afternoon it happened twice that I could not sign in anymore.

                The first time the welcome page with the signing in form would just stay there after I have filled my email address and password and clicked on the sign in button. I then found a tab in my web browser where I was still signed in and could continue to work.

                The second time I ended up being signed in as Anonymous and did not get access to my data.…

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

                  Thanks for your suggestion. It sounds like you’re referring to your name and account on support.orcid.org — is that correct?

                  Please note that support.orcid.org and the ORCID iDeas Forum are hosted on the site of our service platform, UserVoice. The sign-in and user information will be different from what you use at https://orcid.org/signin to access your personal ORCID record.

                  We would love to integrate the two, and are looking into that as a possible requirement should we switch to a new service platform. In the meantime, you should be able to edit your personal information in your account settings (click the “settings” option).

                  Warm regards,
                  ORCID Community Team

                • Pubmed ID (PMID) should be directly used to link ones papers

                  to link with ones papers there should be link of PMID to link and automatically the information should be linked to ones account.

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                    2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID registry.

                    There is an active integration with Europe PMC, which includes the ability to search by PMID and export the work directly to your ORCID record.

                    You can access this directly from your ORCID record under the Works section:

                    1. Sign into your personal record at https://orcid.org/my-orcid
                    2. Go to the works section and click Add works, then Search & Link and choose Europe PubMed Central
                    3. Grant Europe PMC permission to add activities to your ORCID record, and proceed to search and add works

                    You can read more about how their system works at https://europepmc.org/Help

                    Warm regards,
                    ORCID Community Team

                  • Orcid records date of first assertion of an association with an orga

                    At the moment it can be difficult to add start dates to institutional affiliations but if we can record/ retrieve the date that an authenticated affiliation was first asserted we can make inferences about membership and possibly movement

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

                      Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

                      This is something that you can do now! When you click “Show Details” on any item added to the ORCID record (save: names, bibliography), you’ll receive: a) the source of that data, and b) the date it was added. When you query the item using the ORCID API, you’ll see: u
                      Date created,
                      Date modified,
                      Data source

                      For more information, see: https://orcid.org/blog/2016/07/20/announcing-your-new-improved-orcid-record

                      Warm regards,
                      ORCID Community Team

                    • ORCID will solve the "Maiden Name-Married Name conflict"

                      Hello there,

                      The problem with taking your loved one's name, and "giving up" your previous publications concerns many people (especially woman, but not only).

                      It would be wonderful if using ORCID ID a person can change her/his publication name easily, and link all relevant manuscripts together.
                      The aim is to make sure that in a simple Google or Pubmed search other people could see all the work you have done regardless of your marital status...

                      Do you think this can be made possible?

                      Thanks!

                      Hila (Schwartz) Doron
                      MD.PhD trainee
                      Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University,
                      Tel Aviv,
                      Israel

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

                        Thank you for your iDea.

                        The goal of ORCID is to uniquely identify you, regardless of which name you are using at the time of your publication. When you connect your ORCID iD to a publication submission, funding application, peer review, etc., then your ORCID iD is embedded in that item’s metadata and will be a method of connecting your contribution so that it is based on your singular identifier, which would not change, rather than your name, which could change.

                        In addition, you can specify multiple versions of your name, including a marital name, or your name in other scripts, on your ORCID record in order to disambiguate your identity. That way if someone reads your ORCID record, they will find multiple versions of your name, potentially including the version(s) used on your past publications or affiliations.

                        Warm regards,
                        ORCID Community Team

                      • Group DOIs with case insensitive comparison to resolve works duplication / not grouping

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

                          Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

                          We are pleased to share that we have added a normalization option in the Registry as a part of our API 3.0 work. This allows identifiers which are case insensitive, such as DOIs, to be processed as the same regardless of case on the ORCID record. Therefore, they are grouped as expected. You can find the card with the update on our current development Trello, or view your ORCID record for an example if this issue has affected you previously: https://trello.com/c/5p6QK7bS/4254

                          Let us know if you find case sensitive identifiers which are not grouping on your record as expected.

                          Warm regards,
                          ORCID Community Team

                        • Resume or CV

                          ORCID is great as it is an online CV/resume. But it would be great if this record gets printed out automatically as a CV/resume with different formats available. Or an additional app which does this would also be great with editing features available.

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                          • Fix typo in register page re notifications

                            I see two issues on the registration page https://orcid.org/register , in the block about email frequency:

                            1) The first sentence has a typo in "... like changes to your ORCID record and new and events." and perhaps could anyway be a little clearer about what might generate a notification.

                            2) If most users leave the default weekly frequency setting then maybe you can ignore this second comment. However, when I see "Weekly summary" it sounds as if a user should expect weekly emails when, in practice, this is the maximum allowed with likely much less frequent notifications. Perhaps terms that…

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

                              Thanks again for your suggestions to improve the ORCID Registry.

                              We’ve now revised the language about notifications on the registration form as follows:

                              > The ORCID registry provides notifications about things of interest, like updates to your ORCID record or being made a trusted individual, when they occur (learn more about notifications: https://support.orcid.org/knowledgebase/articles/665437). How often would you like these notifications delivered to you via email?

                              Let us know if you have any additional suggestions on improving the registration form or other sections of the Registry.

                              Warm regards,
                              ORCID Community Team

                            • Merging of preprint with published work when available?

                              Like many others, I am increasingly submitting my work to preprint servers prior to publication. I think this is a great way of publicising your work and overcoming some of the delays associated with the traditional publication and peer review process. I also think it's really useful that ORCID allows the inclusion of such preprints (e.g. from BioRxiv) in the works section. However, once the work is published in a peer reviewed journal, the relevance of preprint changes - it is still useful, because it gives a doi link to a 'non-paywalled' copy of the work, but it also means…

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

                                Thank you for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

                                ORCID does provide a way to group multiple versions of the same work together on the ORCID record. Grouping in the works section of the ORCID record is based on two versions of a work sharing a unique identifier which has the same relationship (“self” or “part of”).

                                If a work has been imported from two different sources with different identifiers (e.g. an arxiv and a DOI), you can manually group them together by creating a third version of the work which includes both identifiers. To do this click the ‘make a copy and edit’ button on one of the works, then in the edit window add the identifier that is listed on the other version of the work. When you save this new work with both identifiers it will group together all the works that contain either identifier

                              • How easy is it to change one's email?

                                One may change one's affiliation frequently and reasonably suddenly. How easy is it to change one's email

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                                  0 comments  ·  * Biographical Features  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  Hello,

                                  Thanks for your question.

                                  One can easily change one’s current email addresses and add new email addresses in one’s Account Settings at https://orcid.org/account

                                  We encourage researchers to associate multiple email addresses with a single ORCID record since ORCID iD duplicate prevention has its roots in email matches. Personal and professional email addresses and even past emails or other forms of an address can be included to help ensure that a duplicate iD is not unintentionally created. Each address has its own privacy setting, and ORCID will not share any email information that you have marked private.

                                  Warm regards,
                                  ORCID Community Team

                                • ORCiD implement two-factor authentication

                                  For added security, you could consider implementing two-factor authentication.

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                                  • text and menus hard to read

                                    Just a suggestion re the website design. As a general rule it is light text on dark background, dark text on light background. What exists now is light text on light background. This makes it more difficult to read.

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

                                      Hello,

                                      Thank again for your suggestion.

                                      We have revamped our site’s design scheme to have more contrasting colors as well as an open-source font accessible across multiple systems.

                                      Let us know if you have any additional feedback on the design.

                                      Warm regards,
                                      ORCID Community Team

                                    • I would like an easy way to copy/paste my ORCID iD (including the ORCID logo) to include in my email signature.

                                      I would like an easy way to copy/paste my ORCID iD (including the ORCID logo) to include in my email signature or other places I might like to promote my ORCID iD.

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

                                        Hello,

                                        Thank you for your suggestion for improving the ORCID Registry.

                                        We are happy to share that you can use the “Display your iD on other sites” feature in your personal ORCID record to copy/paste your ORCID iD to include your email signature. You can find this by going to your personal ORCID record: https://orcid.org/my-orcid — it’s the first option under your ORCID iD

                                        Warm regards,
                                        ORCID Community Team

                                      • Search by works metadata

                                        There's a number of pieces of information in works metadata: author, journal, year, volume, issue, title, possibly DOI, etc.

                                        It would be great to be able to search on these pieces of information.

                                        I had someone contact me that wanted to use the R ORCID client I maintain to search for works for only 2015 for all researchers at a specific university.

                                        As far as I know this can't be done with the API, correct?

                                        I tried to answer his question with the R client after pulling down works, parsing the bibtex citation, etc. - see here https://gist.github.com/sckott/41a400341180e967d5405642537b7c1e

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

                                          Thank you for your suggestion on improving the ORCID Registry.

                                          We have an update (March 2017) that the current version of the API search in 2.0 includes searching works by identifiers and title: https://members.orcid.org/api/tutorial/search-orcid-registry

                                          (All identifiers can be used. The current list is at https://pub.orcid.org/v2.0/identifiers/ )

                                          We’ve also added suggestions for increasing the searchable works metadata to things to consider for future development. These would generally be understood to be the supported fields supported in ORCID (see our Works XSD: https://github.com/ORCID/ORCID-Source/blob/master/orcid-model/src/main/resources/record_2.0/work-2.0.xsd ).

                                          Note that author would generally not be one considered as we do not have an author field. We do support the addition of contributors, but do not have clear guidance on the at present— we expect this to come out of our discussions related to Project credit, etc. — see our User/Member Interface Improvements goal for 2017: https://trello.com/c/mBcwieED/10

                                          Warm regards,
                                          ORCID Community Team

                                        • More information about why a researcher should sign up for an ORCID

                                          ORCID is a great system - and, as a publisher, I love it when researchers use it - but there is little/no material on the website (eg in 'for researchers' section, or in FAQ) as to why authors would be motivated to sign up... we have had comments like 'oh, it's just another academia.edu' and 'oh, it's just another research gate' when we have tried to explain... there needs to be some information we can hand to them about why this would help them further their career, or get credit for their work, or make connections, or (most importantly) help…

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                                            0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                            Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry and related websites.

                                            We’ve recently updated our resources to address this and related issues https://orcid.org/help .

                                            You can find them at:

                                            Warm regards,
                                            ORCID Community Team

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