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  1. Display conference names in list of publications

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

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

    or, similarly, in data added by Scopus:

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

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

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

      Hello,

      Thank you for your suggestion and please apologize our delayed reply.

      We have marked this iDea as declined since this functionality is already available. Member organizations can add the conference name (including the conference year) on the “journal title” field, as we indicate in our documentation: https://github.com/ORCID/ORCID-Source/blob/master/orcid-model/src/main/resources/record_2.1/work-2.1.xsd (row 278). For example:

      Drawing binary tanglegrams: An experimental evaluation
      2009 Proceedings of the 11th Workshop on Algorithm Engineering and Experiments, ALENEX 2009
      2009 | conference-paper

      EID: 2-s2.0-67650201268

      We will follow up with Scopus and Crossref to request that they correct the metadata of the works in your record.

      If you have any other questions or comments, you can contact us directly at support[at]orcid.org

      Best regards,
      ORCID Community Team

    • 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 →

        Thank you for your suggestion and feedback.

        We have marked this iDea as declined since this functionality is already active with our Published name and Also known as fields. More information on those fields here: https://support.orcid.org/knowledgebase/articles/142948-name

        Please note that we cannot control whether other systems or publishers use records to read names or simply use the iD to disambiguate researchers.

        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

        Warm regards,
        ORCID Community Team

      • Include search terms and give more context with search results

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

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          0 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Add a field for lab codes

          Many researchers have lab codes that are widely used in nomenclature for many model organisms. It would be very helpful if there was an explicit field in the ORCID record to record this information. See examples of lab codes at:
          http://dels.nas.edu/global/ilar/Lab-Codes (used in Mouse and Rat Nomenclature)
          Other model organisms have their own lists.

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

            Hello,

            Thank you for your suggestion.

            We have marked this iDea as declined as this functionality is already available through our Member API. ORCID member organizations can assert validated information to ORCID records, once researchers’ permission has been granted. We recommend that you reach out to PNAS (ORCID member organization, https://orcid.org/members/001G000001CAkZYIA1-pnas-national-academy-of-sciences) and request that they start populating the field “Other IDs” with lab codes, using the Member API.

            Best regards,
            ORCID Community Team

          • peer review button

            Dear Orcid developers,

            my name is Giulia Bertolin and I belong to the eLife Ambassadors. In brief, this is a worldwide group of early-career researchers promoted by the eLife journal to work on hot topics in science, as peer-review practices, reproducibility of data, open science, preprints, etc...

            Concerning peer-review, I was wondering whether it would it be possible to implement a new feature on the researchers' personal profile on Orcid.
            Briefely, would it be possible to indicate to journals that a researcher is available to peer-review papers by using the keyword feature on the profile? In a way that it…

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              0 comments  ·  ORCID User Interface 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’ 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

              That being said, please note that we already have the keywords feature built in, and journals could use it as you proposed. Our suggestion is that you contact the interested journals to build up this use. You can contact us at support@orcid.org if you would like to discuss further about this.

              Warm regards,
              ORCID Community Team

            • Mobile app for phone/tablet

              I know this has been brought up before, but it really would be helpful to have access to an IOS (or relevant) app, similar to the likes of LinkedIn.

              Personally, I much prefer to use an app than any web browsers on my phone/table. Plus an app would prompt users to check in more regularly.

              Kind regards

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

                Thanks for your suggestion to improve the Registry. We are marking this suggestion as declined, as it is not something that is in line with our current priorities.

                The greatest value of ORCID is in the integrations with other systems of publishers, funders, research organizations, and more. These integrations work using standard OAuth2, and would not function well in a native mobile app. This is why we strive to make the user interface of our Registry as functional as possible in mobile browsers.

                Let us know if we can improve the user experience for ORCID in mobile browsers, or in other aspects of the ORCID Registry.

                Warm regards,
                ORCID Community Team

              • ORCID website should detect browser based on features and not userAgent strings

                While using the PaleMoon browser, I've found that orcid.org uses browser detection based on useragent and not on features, as it should be. Palemoon is an up-to-date alternative originally derived from Firefox. It does have the functionality of a modern browser. However, the ORCID site detects it as "We notice you are using an older browser"
                If I change the useragent to mimic Firefox, the warning goes away, which proves detection is based on useragent.

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                  2 comments  ·  ORCID User Interface Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Add application/x-bibtex as an Accept header to retrieve works from API

                  Retrieving works via GET /v2.1/{orcid}/works as application/x-bibtex would greatly facilitate integration. It seems you already do bibtex as a download from active sessions via one's profile. Making this more widely available I hope may not be too hard to execute given that much of the necessary code must already exists.

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

                    Thank you for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

                    We have marked this iDea as declined since we are not planning to implement it in the near future. We already allow retrieving full works metadata (including bibtex citations where available) with our API. In addition, we recommend querying the original identifier to get the full metadata as we have limited info for a proper bibtex citation.

                    If you are currently developing an integration and have encountered any issues when retrieving works metadata, please contact us at https://orcid.org/help/contact

                    Many thanks for your understanding.

                    Kind regards,
                    ORCID Community Team

                  • ORCID would have a graphic of publication per year as well as a graphic for citation per year with the H index

                    I wish ORCID would have a graphic for publication by year for each author plus a graphic with citations by year for each author together with his/her H index
                    Thanks
                    Drauzio

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                      Thank you for your suggestion.

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

                      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.

                      Kind regards,
                      ORCID Community Team

                    • Orcid takes responsibility for removing duplicates and creates a useful merged "parent" record around a work (based on robust matching)

                      You have nearly a thousand people pointing to the challenge of the way that ORCID can be used when merging data from different sources - duplicates etc. Although you claim the suggestion is completed - on any level of quality it is not.

                      The reason is actually clear - you say "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." Data about works naturally arrives from different sources with different information. It is obviously…

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

                        Thank you for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

                        We have marked this iDea as declined since we are already addressing duplication of works through our works grouping feature. Works are grouped together based on both their identifiers (such as DOIs, ISBNs, etc.) and their identifier’s relationship being set to self. We believe works assertion by multiple sources is very positive since it adds validation to the data and help us building trust in the research infraestructure. For more information please see: https://support.orcid.org/knowledgebase/articles/1807567-display-grouped-works

                        In addition, we will soon develop a way for users to easily merge works from within their ORCID record without having to use the “make a copy and edit” function as a part of our Q1 goals under 1. Share information (https://orcid.org/about/what-is-orcid/mission/2018-project-roadmap). We will soon add this development to our Trello board: https://trello.com/b/iuJwm8A6/orcid-current-development.

                        Kind regards,
                        ORCID Community Team

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

                          Thank you for your suggestion.

                          We aren’t planning to change this requirement at present, but will be monitoring feedback and will reconsider if there is widespread agreement in the community that start dates should not be required for education activities.

                          Warm regards,
                          ORCID Community Team

                        • Short IDs for business cards, etc

                          Hello!

                          I am glad to see that ORCiD is becoming an important identifier in academia. Therefore, I decided to include my ORCiD in my email signature. It is only then that I realized that it is rather clunky (ORCiD: http://orcid.org/0000-0003-4967-6557 in my case).

                          Therefore, I would like to suggest that you look into providing shortened ORCiD that are easier to remember or communicate. I would see two possible approaches: allowing usernames, e.g. http://orcid.org/niko.heeren or short-identifiers using something like this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/URL_shortening#Techniques In this case my ID would become something like http://orcid.org/a1cx23

                          Please feel free to contact me in case you have…

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

                            Thank you for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

                            The ORCID iD is both a number and a resolvable internet address, with the structure of https://orcid.org followed by a 16-digit identifier, e.g. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1825-0097 For more, see: Structure of the ORCID Identifier https://support.orcid.org/knowledgebase/articles/116780

                            You should not need to remember your ORCID iD in order to type or write it manually. Our recommended practice is that you sign into your account to authorize a system to get your ORCID iD and possibly read other data on your record. Your ORCID iD then is sent to the system by machine transfer, saving you time and the effort of recollection.

                            For display, we recommend using the green iD icon followed by the full https URI. You can also create a QR Code with your ORCID iD from your personal record, or by going to https://orcid.org/my-orcid-qr-code

                            Warm regards,
                            ORCID Community Team

                          • ORCID System should be technically more robust

                            ORCID does not seem to be serious towards the authors identity except that of emails.
                            ORCID is placental to research activities around the globe and therefore it deserves to have a global outlook strong ERP system that could ensure the academic worth of the ORCID as a researcher account. The article has been sent to the help desk. Best Regards
                            Chandu

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

                              Thank you for your suggestions to improve the ORCID Registry. We have reviewed your suggestions, and they appear to be out of the scope of ORCID at this time. We are therefore marking this suggestion as declined.

                              Warm regards,

                              ORCID Community Team

                            • 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

                              • 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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                                  0 comments  ·  ORCID User Interface Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Forum proposals and comments MUST support 'preview' and 'edit'

                                  MUST interpreted as in BCP 14 (RFC 2119).

                                  I'm not going to copy+paste text into a new proposal or comment, fix a typo, post, delete old proposal or comment, and repeat this EAGAIN procedure until the result isn't too shabby.

                                  While at it, you might need a meta-category (about the forum) or a web-design category (general usability issues.)

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                                    2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    Thank you for your suggestion.

                                    Please note that the ORCID iDeas Forum is a part of our support platform hosted by UserVoice, and we are unable to make this change ourselves.

                                    We have relayed this feedback to UserVoice and shall take it into consideration in the event that we switch to a different support platform.

                                    Finally, we would encourage sharing suggestions regarding the ORCID website design under the topic “ORCID User Interface Ideas”.

                                    Warm regards,
                                    ORCID Community Team

                                  • Multiple issues with passwords

                                    Creating a password for an ORCID ID account was fairly simple. After that I visited the "ideas forum", and got another anonymous account based on the e-mail address. I renamed that (the Gravatar for the e-mail address is anyway not "anonymous"), and followed the suggestion to create a password. This results in a challenge mail with a link to a "create forum password" form. So far everything as it should be.

                                    However, the good ORCID password was not good enough for the forum. I considered to let it rot, because this stupid forum certainly does not deserve the most complex…

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                                      1 comment  ·  Security  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      Thank you for your suggestion.

                                      Please note that the ORCID iDeas Forum is a part of our support platform hosted by UserVoice, and we are unable to make this change ourselves.

                                      We have relayed this feedback to UserVoice and shall take it into consideration in the event that we switch to a different support platform.

                                      Warm regards,
                                      ORCID Community Team

                                    • orcid domain email for orcid profile users

                                      Allow users to create their own official personal orcid based email, e.g. bai_xianyang@orcid.org. This would serve at least two purposes. It would signal to others that the author has an orcid profile and if authors used the orcid email on publications the email would link the publications, like an orcid, even across different institutions/organizations.

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                                        Thank you for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

                                        This falls outside the scope of ORCID — providing unique ORCID identifiers to reliably and clearly connect all participants in the research, scholarship, and innovation process with their contributions across time, disciplines, and borders — so we will presently mark it as declined.

                                        We recommend researchers to add their ORCID iD to their signature to signalize they already have an iD and we also encourage organisations to display the iDs they collect.

                                        Warm regards,
                                        ORCID Community Engagement and Support

                                      • Automatic link to invite users to create their own ORCID iD

                                        I would like to suggest if you could create a link that enables inviting others. I have colleagues with similar interests but are not aware about this site.

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                                          Thank you for your suggestion and for your engagement in spreading the word about ORCID.

                                          We have marked this iDea as declined as this functionality is already available. You can send this link to other researchers who do not have an iD yet: https://orcid.org/register

                                          Kind regards,
                                          ORCID Community Team

                                        • Upload CV/ Resume

                                          Not sure this is in line with the mission of ORCiD, but I think it would be an advantageous idea to allow the user to post their Resume/ CV in PDF format to the profile page. While the Tabs you currently provide are essentially the components of a CV, I think it may be advantageous to some users to be able to portray a well-rounded CV on their page. Just wanted to offer this suggestion. I've been using ORCiD since 2014, and am very pleased with how far it's grown. Thank you!

                                          Sincerely,
                                          Dom

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                                            1 comment  ·  * Biographical Features  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                            Thank you for your suggestion and feedback.

                                            We have marked this iDea as declined since 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

                                            Please note that anyone who would like to share a link to their full CV/Resume, profile page, or other resource can include the link in the Websites section of their record, along with a descriptive name.

                                            We also have the Public record print feature to create a printable version of your public ORCID record to save and/or print.

                                            Warm regards,
                                            ORCID Community Team

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