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  1. ORCID interface should open a new window for the different functions

    It would be useful if the ORCID interface would open a new window for the different functions. Now I am trying to write an email about my publication list, but I cannot go back to check my publication without deleting this email.

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

      Thanks for sending us your idea
      I’m sorry to hear you had trouble using ORCID´s user interface. We are not sure about what different functions you are talking about since you can only open and filled your ORCID record with your research information.
      You do not have an option for sending emails neither in the ORCID interface.
      Could you please give us further information as to what are you problems with?

      Best regards,
      ORCID Community Engagement and Support

    • Adding a box for free comments to the education and employment box

      I realized that in the educational as well as the employment sectors the system asks for the starting date and the ending date.

      I think it should be fair to have a box of free comments to argue about possible justification for example for a delay in completing the education percursus. Serious healthy problems for examples might induce delays in completing the percursus of studies and I think it is unfair to force persons to indicate only start and end dates wihtout possibility to comment on that. These parameters are obviuosly indicators of the researchers comminttment.

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

        Thanks for the suggestion, however ORCID isn’t the right system to collect that information.

        The goal of ORCID is to provide a Registry of unique identifiers for researchers and allow them to link their identifier to their research out-puts. The focus of ORCID is to identify your research outputs.

        What we suggest that you can use is the biography field because it is free text and some researchers use that to record additional information

        Warm regards,
        ORCID Community Engagement and Support

      • Add the possibility to upload public SSH keys

        SSH keys are one fundamental way to identify oneself. Adding the possibility as well as letting people sign something like "My ORCiD is [ORCiD]" can give others more confidence that the account is not a fake. It also gives the possibility to look public SSH keys up.

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

            Thank you for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

            The focus of ORCID is to identify your research outputs. Our goal is to solve the name ambiguity problem in research and scholarly communications by creating a central registry of unique identifiers for individual researchers. We provide an identifier to use with your name as you engage in research, scholarship, and innovation activities. We also provide open tools that enable transparent and trustworthy connections between researchers, your contributions, and affiliations. We provide this service to help people find information and to simplify reporting and analysis.

            Providing networking services is beyond the scope of our current mission. There are organizations which connect to ORCID which can provide this service much better than we can. We shall mark this idea as declined at present.

            Warm regards,
            ORCID Community Engagement and Support

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              0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              Thank you for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

              The focus of ORCID is to identify your research outputs. Our goal is to solve the name ambiguity problem in research and scholarly communications by creating a central registry of unique identifiers for individual researchers. We provide an identifier to use with your name as you engage in research, scholarship, and innovation activities. We also provide open tools that enable transparent and trustworthy connections between researchers, your contributions, and affiliations. We provide this service to help people find information and to simplify reporting and analysis.

              Providing networking services is beyond the scope of our current mission. There are organizations which connect to ORCID which can provide this service much better than we can. We shall mark this idea as declined at present.

              Warm regards,
              ORCID Community Engagement and Support

            • Metrics and analytics of who is looking at our ORCID page

              It would be great to see metrics and analytics of 'who' is looking at our own ORCID page? Even just crude hits per page by region cumulative over time would be of use.

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

                Thank you for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

                The focus of ORCID is to identify your research outputs. Our goal is to solve the name ambiguity problem in research and scholarly communications by creating a central registry of unique identifiers for individual researchers. We provide an identifier to use with your name as you engage in research, scholarship, and innovation activities. We also provide open tools that enable transparent and trustworthy connections between researchers, your contributions, and affiliations. We provide this service to help people find information and to simplify reporting and analysis.

                You can find a list of organizations that you have granted trusted party access to read and update your ORCID record by going to your Account Settings, which can give you an idea of the organizations which may be looking at your record. However providing information of which individuals may be looking at your record…

              • use the correct name for the United States of America

                The name of the country is the United States of America, not just the "United States," as listed in your pull-down list of countries for registration. I wasn't allowed to enter a correct version.

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

                  Thank you for contacting ORCID Support.

                  The list of countries/region in our country list is the ISO 3166-1 with either the full, short, or alternative name for the country/region. “United States” is a valid country name for the US code, whilst “United States of America” is the long format.

                  Warm regards,

                  ORCID Community Engagement and Support

                • 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.…

                  • Unnecessary change on Hong Kong's name

                    Hong Kong has been recently changed to "Hong Kong SAR China" in the drop down menu which is unnecessary, confusing, and inconsistent.

                    Whilst Hong Kong does have what can be best described as a colonial relationship with China, it is for all intents and purposes its own country (hence it's a separate entry in the first place) and in the field of education, it would just be simply confusing to present Hong Kong as a Chinese city.

                    Hong Kong has a separate education and legal system with its own borders, meaning an academic who wishes to work in or visit…

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                      0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      Thanks for your suggestion.

                      The items in the country list are sourced form the ISO country list of internationally-recognised codes that designates for each country and most of the dependent areas. The ISO newsletter with the relevant announcement on the official name change for HK can be found at: https://web.archive.org/web/20110722001521/http://www.iso.org/iso/newsletter_v-4_name_changes.pdf

                      We shall therefore mark this suggestion as declined.

                      Warm regards,
                      ORCID Community Engagement and Support

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                        0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        Hello,

                        Thank you for your comment.

                        In this case, it’s a linguistic shift reflecting how we describe the identifier created by our Registry. “ORCID” once stood for the “open researcher and contributor identifier”, but now it refers to the non-profit organisation itself — ORCID. In the usage “ORCID identifier”, “ORCID” is a descriptor — the ORCID identifier as generated by the ORCID Registry operated by ORCID, Inc, rather than the Scopus [Author] identifier, etc.

                        We ourselves at ORCID do not mind whether you wish to use an “ORC ID”, an “ORCiD” or an “ORCID iD” — we aren’t prescriptivists! We just want you to be able to distinguish yourself and your work. : )

                        Warm regards,
                        ORCID Community Engagement and Support

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                          Thank you for submitting your idea to improve the ORCID Registry. We agree that measures of research impact are important and can be improved by use of the ORCID registry. However, usage stats are not in scope for ORCID. Instead, we encourage third parties to use ORCID data to derive usage statistics.

                          Algorithms for measuring usage are being implemented by a number of organizations, several of which are benefiting from ORCID data. In addition, there are a number of sites that are (or will soon be) consuming ORCID data to support calculation of a whole range of research metrics. For citation counts we suggest you look at other tools such as Scopus, Altmetrics, or ImpactStory.

                          Warm regards,
                          ORCID Community Engagement and Support

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

                            Thank you for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

                            ORCID does not include specific fields to add additional authors of a publication when adding it to your record. This is because the ORCID record is designed to record only your scholarship. Instead, you can record the authors and their order as part of the citation of the item in the Citation field.

                            Warm regards,
                            ORCID Community Engagement and Support

                          • The "first name" and the "last name" are confusing for the Chinese people

                            The "first name" and the "last name" are confusing for the Chinese people.

                            For the Chinese people, the first name is the family name, and the last name is the given name.

                            So please replace "first name" with "given name", and replace "last name" with "family name".

                            Do not just add a question sign to explain them.

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

                              Thank you for your suggestion on improving the ORCID Registry.

                              This is something that we would have to decline. ORCID is an international service and uses terminology that can be understood by many speakers of international English of a variety of linguistic, cultural, and social backgrounds.

                              We also offer other translations for record holders to use in their language of preference, including both simplified and traditional Chinese.

                              Please let us know if you have any additional suggestions for improving the ORCID Registry.

                              Warm regards,

                              ORCID Support

                            • Add crossref citation counts to ORCID

                              This info is not readily available in many other systems; even subscription-based research management systems don't provide this. With our subscription databases, we can get WoS, Scopus, Google Scholar and PubMed citations, but not CrossRef; adding this will motivate lots of researchers to populate their ORCID account with publications rather than just having an empty ORCID record which is a serious problem within my institution

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

                                Thank you for submitting your idea to improve the ORCID Registry. We agree that measures of research impact are important and can be improved by use of the ORCID registry. However, usage stats are not in scope for ORCID. Instead, we encourage third parties to use ORCID data to derive usage statistics.

                                Algorithms for measuring usage are being implemented by a number of organizations, several of which are benefiting from ORCID data. In addition, there are a number of sites that are (or will soon be) consuming ORCID data to support calculation of a whole range of research metrics. For citation counts we suggest you look at other tools such as Scopus, Altmetrics, or ImpactStory; for Crossref citation counts specifically, we suggest getting in contact with Crossref: http://help.crossref.org

                                Warm regards,
                                ORCID Community Engagement and Support

                              • buidling blox of ORCID information can be used by the researchers to create customized cvs

                                If researchers would be able to simply 'drag and drop' ORCID building blocks from their cv to other cv documents (word/pdf/...) I can imagine it will be more actively used. This would allow researchers to keep only 1 cv up to date (the ORCID one) and build cv's in a format requested by funders/award or charity companies in no time. I'm pretty convinced I can implement ORCID in our institute if cv drag and drop would become an option

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                                  Thank you for your suggestion to improve the ORCID registry.

                                  This falls outside the scope of the ORCID mission. We are not a CV or profile service — there are many other services which do this very well, some of which have connections with ORCID. Rather, we provide a) unique and persistent identifiers to disambiguate researchers, b) member-built integrations that connect researchers and their activities or affiliations, and c) a hub for synchronising machine-readable connections between identifiers and research activities. We shall therefore mark this suggestion as declined.

                                  Warm regards,
                                  ORCID Community Engagement and Support

                                • To include Europe as a Country

                                  Dear Sir/Madam,
                                  All the grants in Europe are granted by the European Comission however Europe was not included in the list of countries. I think that it is time to include it.

                                  Kind Regards,
                                  Ernesto Saenz

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

                                    Thank you for your suggestion for improving the ORCID registry.

                                    The items in the country list are sourced form the ISO country list of internationally-recognized codes that designates for each country and most of the dependent areas. Therefore we will have to mark this suggestion as declined at the moment.

                                    Warm regards,
                                    ORCID Community Engagement and Support

                                  • ORCID E-Mail forwarding

                                    It would be nice if [ORCID]@user.orcid.org or something similar would work, so that I could configure this to be forwarded to my current address. This would give an easy possibility to contact people when one knows their ORCID (if they want to be contacted, one can choose not to activate the forwarding). Another advantage would be that one could add the ORCID-email address to papers. This way, it would boost the ORCID and give the possibility to easily find the profile of the author.

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                                      0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      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.

                                      Warm regards,
                                      ORCID Community Engagement and Support

                                    • working papers storage

                                      Allow researchers to store, classify and geta doi for their working papers

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

                                        Thanks for your input, but your idea doesn’t fit with ORCID’s current goals. ORCID doesn’t store works of any kind, and we are not an agency that can assign DOIs. You might look at resources such as SSRN, arXiv, or FigShare for storing this type of information and receiving reference external IDs.

                                        But you can add references to working papers on your ORCID profile. There currently is a work type of “reports working paper” that can be used when citing working papers.

                                        Best,
                                        -Catalina
                                        ORCID Support

                                      • ORCID as semantic id for researcher

                                        Dear sir or madam:
                                        We are striving with the sematic description of documents following the recomendations of "Linked Open Data". As you surely know, for this purpose it is necessary to link as many concepts as possible to URIs. We wonder whether you are aware of any use of ORCID as semantic link for individuals in order to describe them as universitary researchers. Any piece of advice on this subject will be very interesting for us.
                                        Thanks a lot and best regards,
                                        A.R.M.

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                                          1 comment  ·  Connections with other systems  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          Thank you for your suggestion.

                                          The ORCID iD is both a number and a resolvable internet address, with the structure http://orcid.org/####-####-####-####. It ORCID iD is designed to be a unique, persistent, career-long identifier, so no information that can change over a person’s career is embedded in the iD, such as the researcher’s country, institutional affiliation, or educational or employment status.

                                          ORCID iDs always need all 16-digits; they can not be shortened to remove leading zeros if they exist. No information about a person is encoded in the ORCID iD. The identifiers were designed to be usable in situations where personally-identifiable information should/can not be shared.

                                          When you use your identifier in systems (e.g. for manuscript submission, grant applications, or research information management), you should be asked to sign into ORCID using your email and password to authenticate your ORCID iD, rather than typing in your identifier. This authentication ensures…

                                        • More Friendly Link to Public Profile

                                          Request you to provide a means to customize the Public Record link to use my name instead of id. Eg. my link now is http://orcid.org/0000-0002-3196-2662. Please create an interface where I can change my link to http://orcid.org/premkamble. It will be more widely used by your members.

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

                                            Thank you for your suggestion.

                                            The ORCID iD is both a number and a resolvable internet address, with the structure http://orcid.org/####-####-####-####. It ORCID iD is designed to be a unique, persistent, career-long identifier, so no information that can change over a person’s career is embedded in the iD.

                                            ORCID iDs always need all 16-digits; they can not be shortened to remove leading zeros if they exist. No information about a person is encoded in the ORCID iD. The identifiers were designed to be usable in situations where personally-identifiable information should/can not be shared.

                                            When you use your identifier in systems (e.g. for manuscript submission, grant applications, or research information management), you should be asked to sign into ORCID using your email and password to authenticate your ORCID iD, rather than typing in your identifier. This authentication ensures that only you can enter your ORCID iD, and enables you to…

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