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  1. 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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      1 comment  ·  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

    • 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…

      • 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

        • 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

          • 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

            • 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 detailed contact information (title, affiliation, address, phone number, ...)

                I would like to add my professional contact information on my profile.
                As QR codes have possible to generate leading to my ORCID page, I would like to use it on my business cards. But it is still missing the basic informations above.
                As more information is available, it should be available to customize the QR codes with more information.

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

                  Hi,

                  Thanks for the suggestion, however ORCID isn’t the right system to collect that information. ORCID records are specifically designed not to collection personally identifiable information (other than email address). The information on an ORCID record is about the career and research of an individual; ORCID is about linking the researcher to their research-outputs, not providing personal details. Other services that offer profiles for researchers would be a better service for recording someone’s gender.

                  That being said, the biography field is free text and some researchers use that to record additional information such as their phone number and address.

                  Best,
                  -Catalina
                  ORCID Support

                • Modify the method for eliminating duplicate records

                  My experience is that SCOPUS is an unreliable "collector" for ORCiD: it missed some 20 or so of my publications, with no apparent pattern. Therefore I uploaded a complete bibtex file. The result was that there were many duplicates, which I proceeded to eliminate. The way ORCiD is set up at the moment makes this a very slow process: one can't simply check all articles to be deleted, then hit "Do it!" Instead, it's a one-by-one process and after each elimination there's a wait until ORCiD staggers back to its feet, following which one must navigate down to the next…

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

                    Hi,

                    Sorry you had such a frustrating experience adding works to your ORCID record. Duplicates are handled by the ORCID system based on identifiers, like DOIs and ISBNs, if either the Scopus import or your BibTeX file did not include identifiers (or used different identifiers) there was no way for our system to identify the works as duplicates. More about how duplicates work is at http://support.orcid.org/knowledgebase/articles/462032

                    For the BibTeX file, I am surprised to hear that you needed to modify it to add a comma on the last line as that should not be required and we’ve successfully loaded other files without that. If you can send us a copy of the files that did and didn’t load to support@oricd.org we can take a look and see if we need to fix something with our BibTeX parser.

                    Thanks,
                    -Catalina
                    ORCID Support

                  • Provide some ranking or relevant system as like Research Gate score. Provide some easy link to search similar researcher for interaction.

                    Provide some ranking or relevant system as like Research Gate score. Provide some easy link to search similar researcher for interaction.

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

                      Hi,

                      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. We’re not a profile system, and with our current mission we’re not trying to make a social place for researchers to connect. Instead we’d suggest you use ResearchGate or anther system if you’re looking to connect with other researchers.

                      Best,
                      -Catalina
                      ORCID Support

                    • provide static web hosting for each researcher

                      ORCiD is about visibility, and visibility = the web.

                      Most researchers have personal web pages at their institution. But researchers tend to change institutions regularly, and often know no better than copying their old page to the new domain, and put a "I've moved" link on the old web page. Even those who know about web redirects are often locked with automatically generated public directory listings at their institution they've no control over. This fragments the researcher's identity on the web, and hurts her ranking in search engines. Everybody knows how difficult it is to find a researcher on the…

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                        0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        Hi,

                        Thanks for your clear explanation of this issue and proposed solution. While I agree a service like you suggest would be great, it’s outside of ORCID’s current scope. I’m making this iDea as declined since we won’t be able to address it in the immediate future (the next couple years) but it is something we could look at expanding into at a latter time once ORCID completes out more immediate goals of creating tools for disambiguate researchers and linking them to their work.

                        Best,
                        -Catalina
                        ORCID Support

                      • include gender

                        We support the use of orcid for our authors, since there are often a number of persons with the same name, especially in China. But it would seem useful, if orcid were to include the gender of the person. With Chinese, it is often impossible to know and then women are being contacted as if they were men. I think that gender is still politically correct.
                        Regards,
                        Joe Richmond, PhD
                        Editor
                        Advanced Synthesis & Catalysis
                        orcid.org/0000-0003-2187-931X

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

                          Hi,

                          While I can understand your reason for wanting to know a researcher’s gender, ORCID isn’t the right system to collect that information. ORCID records are specifically designed not to collection personally identifiable information (other than email address). The information on an ORCID record is about the career and research of an individual; ORCID is about linking the researcher to their research-outputs, not providing personal details. Other services that offer profiles for researchers would be a better service for recording someone’s gender.

                          Best,
                          -Catalina
                          ORCID Support

                        • 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

                          • None of the above

                            I was surprised that you didn't allow free-form comments in your survey. I wanted to say that, from my point of view, the ORCID system is just one more electronic citation and connection service, along with ResearchGate and Academia.com, etc. I don't need more details or web pages to keep track of, and I'm certainly not interested in anyone forcing more reporting requirements on me. My papers can easily be found through standard library search systems. You'd really have to offer me some incentive to be interested in ORCID.

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                              1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                              Thanks for your feedback. We limited the number of free text comments in our survey​ ​
                              to reduce the amount of time it takes to complete. To respond to your other comments, ORCID is not itself a researcher profile system like ResearchGate or academia.edu – rather, we ​are a non-profit organization that provides a persistent unique digital name (identifier) for researchers. We work with the community to integrate this identifier into key research and scholarly workflows to ensure that a researcher’s work can be distinguished and correctly attributed. Ultimately, this reduces the amount of time you spend updating records in various systems (including in profile systems).

                              Alice
                              Communications Director
                              ORCID

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                                0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                Hi,

                                We have the registration form for ORCID, the only required fields, down to just 4 fields: First name, Last name, email address and password. We can’t make is much shorter than that. The other sections of the ORCID record are all optional and can be skipped if you don’t want to complete them.

                                Best,
                                -Catalina
                                ORCID Support

                              • Show details

                                I don't understand why we have to click "show details" to get basic information as authors, volume, number and page. I have similar article and it's difficult to differentiate them quickly and easily.

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

                                  Hi,

                                  The ORCID system was designed to not show all the information about articles by default as some researcher have works with a lot of information, such as papers with hundreds of co-authors. Loading all this information at once slows down the system and makes it harder for those individuals to navigate through their record.

                                  Best,
                                  -Catalina
                                  ORCID Support

                                • Please, provide on the website a means to recover the ORCID ID after a change of email address (and having forgotten the password).

                                  Please, provide on the website a means to recover the ORCID ID after a change of email address (and having forgotten the password).

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

                                    Hi,

                                    Thanks for the suggestion. Recovering an iD if you’ve lost access to your email address and forgotten your password involves verifying your identity. This has to be done by out support staff, it’s not something that we can automate into the website. But our team will be more than happy to work with you to restore you access to the account. I’ll follow up with a message that includes the steps to verify your identity.

                                    Best,
                                    -Catalina
                                    ORCID Support

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

                                      A Universal Open Access Repository would be a great thing, but it’s not something ORCID can provide. Our goal is to create a database of identifiers for researchers, and the ORCID Registry is specifically not a repository for works, only work metadata can be added to records.

                                      If you’d like to search the ORCID Registry for metadata to harvest I suggest looking at our API or using the public data file we provide once a year.

                                      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…

                                      • Assign ORCIDs to sets of co-authors

                                        I work with an institutional repository now depositing a paper with more than 300 co-authors. We're also talking about what we'd do with the paper reported in Nature News with more than 5,000 co-authors.
                                        http://www.nature.com/news/physics-paper-sets-record-with-more-than-5-000-authors-1.17567

                                        Here's a thought. Imagine that ORCID allowed a researcher to create a set of co-authors for a given paper by clicking ORCID checkboxes, roughly as Gmail users can create an email list by clicking individual Gmail contacts. The resulting set of authors would have a single ORCID. It might be used only once, or it might be used many times, depending upon how many times…

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                                          1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          Hi,

                                          Thanks for the suggestion, but the ORCID Registry is designed specifically for assigning identifiers to individual researchers. The Registry’s functionality, our terms of use, and the basic design of how ORCID iDs are link to publications and other research outputs are all based on a single individual person associated with the ORCID iD. Redesigning everything to allow for iDs assigned to a group isn’t feasible for us. While we agree that a solution to identify groups of authors is needed, that solution isn’t ORCID identifiers.

                                          Best,
                                          -Catalina
                                          ORCID Support

                                        • Author lists and the associated ORCiDs are not provided in article metadata

                                          ORCiD provides poor information about the authors of articles associated to a given ORCiD. Most of the time, they have to be retrieved from the BibTeX metadata, which has no ORCiD in it.

                                          This can be observed with the API. For instance, here is represented one of the works of http://orcid.org/0000-0003-4371-1286:

                                          "work-citation" : {
                                          "work-citation-type" : "BIBTEX",
                                          "citation" : "@article { duch2007,\n\ttitle = {On the average cost of insertions on random relaxed K-d trees},\n\tjournal = {Proceedings of the 9th Workshop on Algorithm Engineering and Experiments and the 4th Workshop on Analytic Algorithms and Combinatorics},\n\tyear = {2007},\n\tpages = {194-200},\n\tauthor =…

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

                                            Hi,

                                            Thanks for you suggestion, however this is not something ORCID can fix. The works added to users’ records all come from sources outside the ORCID Registry. The works are either imported from one of the tools that offers a Search & Link Wizard with ORCID or are added by the user. And the metadata for each work is supplied by the source of the work. Some sources provide information in the work-contributor field, while others, like Scopus, which is the source of the work you reference, do not. However, most sources include information in the citation field (in BibTeX or another format) so this information can be retrieved.

                                            Best,
                                            -Catalina
                                            ORCID Support

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