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

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

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

      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

    • 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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        2 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

      • 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

            • 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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                2 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

              • Using ORCID as a simple personal website

                The ORCID is good. It would be great that ORCID provide more features to help us build up a simple
                personal website.

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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’ 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

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

                    Thank you for your iDea. We are declining this suggestion as we do not provide phone-based support. Please contact support@orcid.org with any queries. If you do not receive a response within 2 working days, please contact us again, possibly from a second address.

                    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

                    • you follow standard naming conventions for JSON objects and change the dash to underscore in the property names.

                      I have no idea how your tech personnel allowed the naming conventions to pass. You broke standard JS naming conventions with your dashes in the names of the JSON object. Javascript interprets those as something minus something (orcid-works is equivalent to orcid - works, i.e. it's trying to do math on it). I understand you want to make sure everybody knows they called the orcid API, but really? C'mon you guys, fix your stuff. We shouldn't have to use brackets everywhere to access properties on JSON objects. We're not living in the 90's anymore, update your standards.

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

                        Thank you for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

                        We will mark this iDea as declined. ORCID provides an API first and foremost. Our API is RESTful. We follow the standard best practice for REST API URIs by using hyphens.

                        Please let us know if you have any additional iDeas to improve the Registry. We’re an open source project and warmly welcome suggestions as well as contributions. Find our more at: https://github.com/ORCID/ORCID-Source/blob/master/CONTRIBUTING.md

                        Warm regards,
                        ORCID Community Team

                      • researchers records be bundled into larger files...

                        JSON and XML format are perfectly suited to contain numerous instances of similar objects. Your public data files contain millions of records, each of which in its own file, usually smaller than your typical filesystem's blocksize. This is VERY bad practice and a nightmare for anyone interested in the data.

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

                          Thank you for your suggestion.

                          We have marked this iDea as declined since we are not planning to implement this suggestion for the public data file.

                          The primary purpose of the data dump is archiving exact representations of what the API would return. If we presented the data dump in tabular form some rows would be 1G or larger. Not to mention representing complicated data structures in tabular form is complicated. This may be less than ideal for your purpose.

                          However we are always striving to make improvements. Over the next couple of months expect to see some data dump to Mongo DB recipes published (you can even now google” orcid data dump mongodb”). These recipes can be easily modified for streaming to other db models. Hopefully that might ease the process.

                          Side note for those who have access to Premium Membership: there are also AWS S3 syncing options and…

                        • 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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                            0 comments  ·  * 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

                          • Postponed ideas should not be closed for voting

                            I could comment but not vote on "Make more extensive use of Gravatar feature thingy".

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                              1 comment  ·  Connections with other systems  ·  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

                            • 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

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