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  1. Add AuthenticusID to the list of identifiers

    https://pub.orcid.org/v2.0/identifiers

    caseSensitive: false
    deprecated: false
    description: AuthenticusID - Authenticus Identifier
    name: AuthenticusID
    primaryUse: work
    resolutionPrefix: https://www.authenticus.pt/

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

      Hello,

      Thank you for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

      Please note that as a member organization, you can request to add new work identifiers. I’m closing this iDea and we will be following up with you directly.

      Kind regards,
      ORCID Community Team

    • LinkedIn Authentication for ORCID Account

      I would like to see the ability to login to an ORCID account using LinkedIn authentication. I would much rather have an ORCID account tied to my professional linked in account than my personal google and facebook accounts.

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

        Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

        This iDea is in our radar, but we will not be working on it right now and that’s why we are marking it as declined.

        When we start working on this, we’ll announce it in our Twitter account and blog. You can follow us: @ORCID_ORG & https://orcid.org/blog

        Warm regards,
        ORCID Community Team

      • Implement ORCID cards that can be either printed by owner, issued by ORCID.org or produced in the form of QR-code

        ID is too long and impossible to remember. It would be beneficial to have a business card with own ID and/or QR-code that can be easily used by other colleagues, potential employers, etc.

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

          Thank you for your suggestion.

          We have marked this iDea as declined since this feature already exists.

          After signing in to your ORCID record, you can click on “Get a QR code for your iD” (on the left side of the page) or go to http://qrcode.orcid.org/ and create your QR code.

          If you are experiencing issues with this feature, please contact us at support{at]orcid.org

          Warm regards,
          ORCID Community Team

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

            Thanks for your iDea to improve the ORCID Registry.

            We are marking this suggestion as declined as it is not one that we are likely to investigate in the near future. In the meantime, we would encourage you to use the existing offerings available.

            The ORCID Registry has a few ways to add works to your record. When you are signed into your ORCID record at https://orcid.org/my-orcid, you’ll see these three options under the Add Works menu on the Works header.

            Our recommended way of adding works is to link them from one of our members’ databases. From the Add Works menu, please select Search & Link to see a list of databases from which you can add works. Two we particularly recommend for adding all of your publications at once are Scopus and Crossref. You can view more information about this process at: https://support.orcid.org/knowledgebase/articles/188278

            As another option, you…

          • Suggest prominent link to look-up page on registration page

            One of the beauties of the ORCID identifier is that it is easier to look up your ID than it is to create a new one. To reduce duplication by confused users who have forgotten their earlier registrations, I suggest placing a prominent link (anchor text "Look up my ORCID") to the search page (https://orcid.org/orcid-search/search) at the top of the registration page (https://orcid.org/register).

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              0 comments  ·  ORCID User Interface Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • To provide DOI or a specific "persistent link" for old papers that does not has one.

              Linking relevant legacy research results (papers, books) without a DOI is a problem for me (probably for most researchers).

              I wonder if ORCID would create a persistent link to a source available on the Internet in which I could deposit my works, such as Research Gate

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

                Thank you for your suggestion.

                We have marked this iDea as declined as it does not align with the mission of ORCID at present.

                Our focus is providing:
                 A unique identifier for researchers (the ORCID iD) which can be used to disambiguate their identity
                 Member-built integrations to help connect research activities to researchers’ ORCIDrecords
                 A hub for exchanging data linked by persistent identifiers

                For more on the ORCID mission, see: https://orcid.org/about/what-is-orcid/mission

                Warm regards,
                ORCID Community Team

              • Please provide a platform for free webinars by researchers which can collaborate experts across the globe and discuss about a new research.

                Every day a particular time slot should be allowed for members of ORCID to register for a webinar. The participants can also register through website. Webinars will be on a new research idea. Then followed by a small discussion session, where comments and ideas could be conveyed to the webinar holder through text messaging in the web platform.

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

                  Thank you for your suggestion.

                  We have marked this iDea as declined as it does not align with the mission of ORCID at present. Our focus is providing:

                  • A unique identifier for researchers (the ORCID iD) which can be used to disambiguate their identity
                  • Member-built integrations to help connect research activities to researchers’ ORCID records
                  • A hub for exchanging data linked by persistent identifiers

                  For more on the ORCID mission, see: https://orcid.org/about/what-is-orcid/mission

                  Warm regards,
                  ORCID Community Team

                • flag mistakes

                  Allow users to flag or report mistakes they find while reading Orcid profiles: Wrong DOI, wrong type of work...

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                    0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    Hello,

                    Thank you for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry. We already have a procedure for you to flag potentially incorrect information on an ORCID record: The ORCID Dispute Procedures: https://orcid.org/orcid-dispute-procedures

                    If you are on an ORCID record and find information which you believe is suspect, you can flag it to the ORCID team by clicking the green ? balloon in the bottom left of the record and letting us know. You can also contact support@orcid.org directly.

                    That said, please keep in mind that a key principle of ORCID is that the user is in control of their ORCID record. This means that we do not correct information on behalf of the user or the trusted party who added the data with the user’s permission. For more, see: https://orcid.org/about/trust/control?lang=cs

                    Finally, we have a similar iDea on this form to which you may wish to add your support, or give…

                  • Could you please consider adding viewing statistics for ORCID profile pages?

                    This would be a useful way for people to capture their research visibility and to see how many people are interesting in viewing their research profile and output.

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

                      Hello,

                      Thank you for submitting your idea to improve the ORCID Registry.

                      ORCID does not provide an h-index or citation count. The focus of ORCID is not looking at research impact, but identifying your research outputs. ORCID’s goal is to solve the name ambiguity problem in research and scholarly communications by creating a central registry of unique identifiers for individual researchers. That’s the sixteen digit identifier you got when you registered for an ORCID record, and that identifier will be linked to your articles, grants, and other researcher output. While these outputs can be listed on your ORCID record, we don’t gather information about the impact or citations of these items.

                      For citation counts, you can look into other tools which focus on citations such as Scopus, Altmetrics, or ImpactStory.

                      Warm regards,
                      The ORCID Team

                    • I'd like a way to name a "role-based email" for a trusted individual

                      I see there is a way now to name someone as a 'trusted individual' to update our record. This might be useful e.g. for getting an individual to look after the profiles of all (say 50) members of a department. However, what happens when the trusted individual leaves employment? would all 50 members have to find a new trusted individual?

                      A possible solution might be to allow a group of trusted individuals to update records, so that if one person leaves, other members of that group can still update the records.

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                        1 comment  ·  ORCID Record - Personal Information  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        Hello,

                        Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry. The individual ORCID record holder is to choose the trusted individual (ORCID record holder) is able to assist them to personally administer their account. If that trusted individual leaves their institution, they can choose to still retain that trusted individual, or remove their access.

                        If you would like to have a more open option that is not based on an individual’s ORCID record, then we would suggest that your organization (department, faculty, institution, etc.) look into using the ORCID API to obtain access to manage the account as a trusted organization. For more on this, see ORCID for research organizations: https://members.orcid.org/research-organizations

                        Warm regards,
                        ORCID Community Team

                      • I suggest you put a button "logout", because button "sign out"

                        I think it would be a good idea, to put a button "logout", because the name of the button "Sign out" suggests signing out i.e. removing the account.

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

                          Thanks for your suggestion. We’re going to mark this as declined, as ORCID uses “sign in” and “sign out” to refer to signing into and out of an account for the sake of consistency.

                          In addition, using the verbal phrases beginning with “log” can leave an impression to some of inputting credentials to access terminals, rather than virtual services, which gives support to the sustained use of “sign in/out”.

                          Warm regards,
                          ORCID Community Team

                        • Clever importing of Bibtex (handle re-importing the same bibtex file)

                          Usage: I maintain a single bibtex file, and each time it changes, I simply upload the last version of the bibtex file to Orcid (with new entries or modification of existing entries).

                          Problem: When reimporting a bibtex files with new entries, orcid duplicates the data for the existing entries (2 sources instead of one single source that is updated)

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                            Thanks for your suggestion.

                            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. Grouping is based on the persistent identifier (PID). When multiple works, for example, 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 Director Laure Haak (https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5109-3700):

                            The article “ORCID: connecting researchers and scholars with their works” published in Insights: the UKSG journal has been added by two sources: Crossref and Scopus. The DOI identifier is the same, so the two…

                          • Citation Report

                            It would bevery helpfull, if you could provide a Citation Report, including h-index and number of citations.

                            Thanks,

                            Christian

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                              2 comments  ·  * Interfaces with other services  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                              Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

                              ORCID does not provide an h-index or citation count. The focus of ORCID is not looking at research impact, but identifying your research outputs. ORCID’s goal is to solve the name ambiguity problem in research and scholarly communications by creating a central registry of unique identifiers for individual researchers. That’s the sixteen digit identifier you got when you registered for an ORCID record, and that identifier will be linked to your articles, grants, and other researcher output. While these outputs can be listed on your ORCID record, we don’t gather information about the impact or citations of these items.

                              Warm regards,

                              ORCID Community Team

                            • you add email address to the search field when looking up ORCID ID

                              Allow searching for ORCID ID by email address as well as name. This would help when one author is uploading a paper and is looking for their co-authors details (especially if they have a common name).

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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 not something that we are likely to implement and we are therefore marking it as declined. The visibility setting on email addresses is set to be private by default, and less than 2% of email addresses on the 2+ million ORCID records are visible to the public. This means that offering email addresses as a search option is unlikely to retrieve much information.

                                In addition, we do not recommend that you submit your co-author’s ORCID iDs manually. Rather, your manuscript submission system should request that co-authors authenticate their ORCID iDs with their system by signing into their ORCID account.

                                Finally, note that searching by email is an option on the ORCID API. You can read more about this at: https://members.orcid.org/api/tutorial-searching-data-using-api

                                Warm regards,

                                ORCID Community Team

                              • Add access-control-allow-headers: "...Authorization"

                                I might be missing something, but... When retrieving data from the public API using the method described at [1], you first fetch an access_token, which then has to be passed in the Authorization header for the subsequent request. Since that is not a CORS-safelisted request-header, though, the browser first performs an OPTIONS request.

                                The response does include an "access-control-allow-headers" header, but this doesn't whitelist the Authorization header, upon which the browser blocks the actual request.

                                Thus, it'd be nice if that could be added, at least for the /orcid-bio/ request.

                                [1] https://members.orcid.org/api/tutorial-retrieve-data-using-public-api

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

                                  Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

                                  ORCID does not offer a secure method to exchange credentials via the browser, which is why we limit its use. We therefore shall mark this idea as declined.

                                  We would suggest instead that you exchange credentials in a server-to-server setting. You are welcome to join the ORCID API Users Group, a public listserv for all users of the ORCID API as well as members of our development and community teams, to discuss some ideas on how to do this (node.Js). Join us at https://groups.google.com/group/orcid-api-users

                                  Warm regards,
                                  ORCID Community Team

                                • Log institution postal code and serve via API

                                  Many journals require institution postal codes as a part of author affiliation. It would be nice for ORCID to be a "one stop shop" for an authors affiliation, rather than having to look up an institution using some other tool. Additionally, RINGGOLD does store institution postal codes for disambiguated institutions.

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

                                    Thank you again for your comment. Again, we are not a registry of organisation information and therefore are marking this idea as declined.

                                    We suggest instead that you look into conversations about organisation IDs being had by us and others — see: http://orcid.org/blog/2016/10/31/organization-identifier-project-way-forward

                                    Warm regards,
                                    ORCID Community Team.
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                                    Thank you for your comment. Your suggestion falls outside ORCID’s scope. ORCID is about exchanging identifiers related to people, places, and things. We are a Registry for ORCID iDs for individual researchers, and we are not a registry for organisation IDs.

                                    ORCID presently uses Ringgold IDs for education and employment affiliations organisations and FundrefIDs for funding organisations. If you would like further information about those institutions, then the expectation is that you would query the respective registries — Ringgold, Fundref — for more information.

                                    Warm regards,
                                    ORCID Community Team
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                                    Thank you for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

                                  • ORCID

                                    It would be great if ORCID had a 'Follow' function, which alerted the follower whenever the ORIC ID holder added a new item (e.g. grant, publication, position) in their profile and this item has been set as publicly visible.

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

                                      Thank you for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

                                      ORCID has a feature for clients which have been permission by an individual to read trusted party data on that ORCID record to subscribe and receive an alert whenever that ORCID record is updated. They can then update their own systems’ databases with the data from the ORCID record. These are called webhooks, and you can read more about them here:
                                      https://members.orcid.org/api/tutorial-webhooks

                                      On the user interface, this does not come fully under our goals at present, so we will mark this as declined. This is because ORCID is not a profiling system or social network — other organisations which are already integrated with ORCID provide those services, and they provide them quite well. Rather, we are a registry of unique, persistent identifiers for individuals — the ORCID iD — as well as a hub for connecting researchers with their output…

                                    • users authorization

                                      anyone can sign to ORCID, that is wonderful, but if considering usage of ORCID as a base for providing access to authenticate other services, it is crucial to verify the customer is who it claims to be.

                                      the idea is, for all the users (despite their being a member of ORCID member/integrated organisation), ask them (can be offered as a feature), to "verify" their account. is done by sending a 0.1$ (some insignificant amount of money) to the special bank account of ORCID. After transfer received, the name of the payer becomes a customer name in ORCID profile. ORCID API…

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                                      • Confirm that an email is associated with an ORCID

                                        Since a person’s ORCID is not considered private information, is ORCID willing to answer questions of the form:
                                        “Is the email address jsmith@myuniversity.ca associated with the ORCID 0000-0001-2345-6789?”

                                        The ability to get answers to such questions would be very useful to us. We use ORCIDs to disambiguate researcher names in our Arctic Science and Technology Information System (ASTIS). We are constantly searching lists of names of Canadian Arctic researchers against the ORCID registry. (Many hundreds of names, over and over again, all done manually because the person we are looking for is not always top-ranked in the search results.) In…

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

                                          Thank you for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

                                          Our understanding is that the idea is for a feature where you can input an email address and then learn the ORCID iD associated with that email address. Is this correct? (If we have misunderstood your suggestion, please do let us know.)

                                          If so, this is a feature that we would not be implementing at present. Per our policy, we do not disclose information which the record holder has not made public. Email addresses on ORCID records are generally set to private — fewer than 2% of the email addresses in the ORCID Registry were set to public visibility as at 2016.10.01. (One can search the ORCID API with a certain email address to find whether it is publicly listed in the ORCID Registry. See: https://members.orcid.org/finding-orcid-record-holders-your-institution )

                                          We understand how important it is to be able to identify your researchers.…

                                        • Add an entry about how to add publications to your account to your FAQ

                                          I think you should add an entry about how to add publications to your account to your FAQ. There are a lot of "how tos" that could be in a more obvious place on your web site. Right now, the FAQ only answers questions about what ORCID is.

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