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  1. 4 votes
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      0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

      Our metadata fields for works are designed to match the common bibliographic information given for a variety of research output. Based on other standards that we’ve looked at only one translated title is typical.

      We have therefore marked this item as declined. We can revisit it if there is more community support for the feature. Please let us know, either in this iDea, by submitting a new iDea, or contacting us at support@orcid.org of your support for adding multiple translated titles. Please include examples of other standards that allow for multiple translated titles, or examples of works where the same work with a single identifier has titles in more than two languages so we can re-evaluate the decision.

      Warm regards,
      ORCID Community Team

    • Use ORCID as basis for permanent researcher email addressing (e.g. for contact email on papers)

      A powerful use of ORCID could be as a persistent researcher email address, that we could use as contact email for our publications. That way other researchers could reach us as we (grad students, profs, corporate researchers) change our affiliations. Format could be <my_orcid>@orcid.org and/or <orcid_alias>@orcid.org. Emails would be re-directed to whatever we have in our records.

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

        Thank you for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

        After consideration, we have declined this feature request as it falls beyond our scope at this moment.

        We may be able to revisit this as we further develop the ORCID Inbox feature.

        Warm regards,
        ORCID Community Team

      • Would like to see Public/Private listed on Search Results

        I would like a search on https://orcid.org/orcid-search/quick-search/?searchQuery=antony%20williams, as an example, to show hn additional column of Public YES/NO. When there are multiple names that are the same it would save having to open each one one at a time to check on available information

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

          Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

          We have declined this suggestion on the basis of maintaining the privacy of user data. In revealing whether there is any non-public information on an ORCID record, we would be in effect revealing information that the user has not made public. This disclosure would violate the spirit of the ORCID trust program.

          For more, see:
          ORCID trust: https://orcid.org/about/trust
          ORCID privacy policy: https://orcid.org/privacy-policy

          Warm regards,
          ORCID Community Team

        • Co-branding on ORCID emails to integrators' user communities

          As a soon to be integrator, I think it would be valuable to co-brand on emails sent by ORCID to our users. All our information providers allow us to state that the content is brought to you by NAME OF LIBRARY or LOGO of Library on their respective websites/homepages. I believe that we should implement something similar with ORCID…. Perhaps the wording could be ...brought to you by NAME OF LIBRARY or ORGANIZATION in partnership with ORCID. Co-branding will draw attention to our users that there is a definite collaboration between their library/institution and ORCID.

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

            Thank you for your suggestion to improve the Registry.

            We have considered this suggestion and marked it as declined for the time being. We will not be issuing emails to users customised to the ORCID-integrated system to which they have connected their ORCID iD. This could confuse the distinction between the ORCID system and another system, and a user may connect their ORCID iD to a number of systems besides.

            We also do not have plans at present to present logos on the ORCID record. Users can go to the ORCID member listing at https://orcid.org/members to find a full list of ORCID members and their current integrations.

            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…

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

                Apologies for the long silence on this topic. We spent a lot of time last year thinking through – with our Board – what ORCID is and is not.

                Many users think of ORCID primarily as a profile system and, although your ORCID record can be used in this way, that is not the primary goal. The most important thing about getting an ORCID iD is that, in addition to uniquely identifying you, it enables you to connect information from other systems to your record and to connect your ID with other identifiers, such as for publications, grants, organizations, etc. And this can increasingly happen via automatically (with your permission).

                We believe that allowing users to include a photo of themselves on their ORCID record will create further confusion about ORCID being a profile system, so we won’t be adding this functionality.

                Thanks for suggesting it and for all your…

              • 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

                • unnecessary horizontal scrolling

                  Please remove horizontal scrolling. It is quite annoying and does not serve any apparent purpose since the margins are empty anyway. It just makes the website feel a bit wiggly. Here is one example:
                  http://orcid.org/blog/2013/08/08/suggested-practices-collection-and-display-orcid-ids-publishing-workflows
                  Other ORCID pages lack the wiggliness.
                  I understand it might be platform dependent. I use Firefox 47.0 on Mac OS 10.10.5.

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                    1 comment  ·  ORCID User Interface Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    Since we haven’t heard from you in a long time, we assume the issue is now solved.

                    If the issue persists, please send us a screenshot demonstrating what you see to support[at]orcid.org

                    Warm regards,
                    ORCID Community Team

                  • data to grant and award system is broken or fruadulent

                    fix it..you have the same data i do so i shouldnt have to fill out anything else..either you havent caught up or the whole thing is fraud

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                      2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      Since we did not hear back from you, we assume you contacted UberResearch and the issue is now solved.

                      If you are having any issues with your ORCID record, please contact us at support[at]orcid.org

                      Best regards,

                      ORCID Community Team

                    • reduce the usage of scripting on your pages. Makes it really hard to use, particularly on mobile.

                      ORCID needleslly uses a lot of javascript to do, well, not much. HTML and HTML5 work regardless of your browser of choice, and don't make your website look really bad on lots of browsers (particualrly mobile!).

                      For example as I type this, there are several items of overlapping text, lots of cut-off text, and generally it looks very rough-cut.

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                        2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        Thank you for contacting ORCID Support.

                        Could you please let us know which area of the site you are referencing? There are:

                        It would also be helpful to contact support@orcid.org if you have any loading issues with these pages.

                        Warm regards,
                        ORCID Community Engagement and Support

                      • 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…

                        • 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

                          • New integrator: Wikipedia

                            This is a new section for http://orcid.org/organizations/integrators/current ; feel feel to edit for style / grammar / etc

                            Wikipedia

                            The English language version of wikipedia provides ORCID support (for both the subjects of biographies and for editors) using a template which cross walks more than 30 different authority control systems. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template:Authority_control for more information. In the background the information is stored in the language-independent semantic database Wikidata using the property https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Property:P496

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

                              ORCID is very excited about how Wikipedia has been able to add ORCID iDs to it’s editors and articles. However, we use the term integrator to only refer to organizations that use the ORCID API to get verified ORCID iDs. Organizations that accept ORCID iDs via manual entry or look up are not considered integrators. The current integrators list is intended to provide resources about how organizations are using the ORCID API, not just a list of all systems that make use of ORCID iDs.

                              Best,
                              -Catalina
                              ORCID Support

                            • You should reconsider your website navigation.

                              After signing in I could go to "settings", but from there no links were leading elsewhere (except to "sign out"). I think after signing in there shold be a navigation panel.

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                                1 comment  ·  * Search/Browse  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                Hi,

                                I’m sorry you ran into an issue with the ORCID navigation. What you described is not how it is supposed to work as there should always be a top navigation bar to get you to your ORCID record, account settings, and the inbox, as well as being able to sign out.

                                If you’re still seeing this issue can you send us a screen shot of the problem? We can use that to determine what is going wrong and how to fix it.

                                Thanks,
                                -Catalina
                                ORCID Support

                              • correct translation English-Spanish of "type of work" categories

                                Now, if I want to see my journal articles under "journal-article" I am registering them as "artículo noticioso" which is not correct because it means "news article"

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                                  3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Create dynamic QR codes

                                  I understand that the current QR codes generated include only a fixed information. So if I update my information on ORCID, I need to produce a new QR code. This kind of static QR codes can easily be generated on many websites.
                                  It would be nicer to have a QR code that gets updated when my profile is updated. This would give me the possibility to update my contact information, or fix errors in the information without having the change the code everywhere it was used.
                                  It would be a nice added value to ORCID compared to other websites.

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

                                    Hi,

                                    The QR codes shouldn’t be sending fixed information, but instead should provide a link to your current, public ORCID record with the most up to date information. If you’re not seeing this when you test it, send us the QR code you generated that links to old information at support@orcid.org and we can look into what is going wrong.

                                    Best,
                                    -Catalina
                                    ORCID Support

                                  • Make bibtex import work better. I imported hundreds of articles. I then edited about ten of them. Logged out. Only 5 articles kept:( ANGRY

                                    Make bibtex import work better.
                                    Don't piss away hard work done by a user. Where did my work go?
                                    I imported hundreds of articles. I then edited about ten of them. Logged out. Only 5 articles kept:( ANGRY FACE! A lot of my edits were ones that could be automated (e.g. ISBN-10 and ISBN-13 not recognised as meaning "ISBN"!) But the most angry-making thing is that a load of my editing work just vanished with no warning. It is really rude of you to waste a user's time like that.

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                                      1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      Hi,

                                      I’m so sorry you ran into this error. After clicking save on a work it should not be deleted from your record, that is clearly a bug with our system. If you let me know your ORCID iD I can take a look at you record and see if we can determine what happened.

                                      In addition, we can certainly look at having more fields automatically map. If you can provide us a list of suggestions on BibTeX fields and what they should map to in an ORCID record we can add them to our importer. As BibTeX offers so many fields, not all were included when we initially set up the importer.

                                      Also, if you’re adding hundreds of articles to your ORCID record you may want to look at using one of our import tools at http://support.orcid.org/knowledgebase/articles/188278-import-works-website-user. We offer a BibTeX import tool as it was requested by…

                                    • Add md5 hash of email address(es) to public API response

                                      Most users do not want to make their email address public. Providing a md5 hash of the address would be a workaround to allow profile matching based on email address without exposing the email address publicly.

                                      This idea has been used for many years by the gravatar service.

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

                                        Thank you for your suggestion.

                                        After carefully reviewing this idea, we’ve decided not to proceed with it.

                                        It is considered a security risk if a “forget password” feature displays if an email address is active in a system. By allowing members to search email address hashes across ORCID, we would be imposing this same risk of data mining.

                                        At this time we will not move forward with this feature due to the ORCID Trust implications.

                                        Warm regards,

                                        ORCID Community

                                      • 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

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

                                            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…

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