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  1. remove the "-" from the display of IDs to make displayed ORCID a subset of ISNI.

    https://orcid.org/blog/2013/04/22/orcid-and-isni-issue-joint-statement-interoperation-april-2013

    "The ORCID iD is compatible in format with the ISNI ISO Standard (ISO 27729)." - compatible? What does that mean?

    http://support.orcid.org/knowledgebase/articles/116780-structure-of-the-orcid-identifier
    "The ORCID iD is a URI with a 16-digit number that is compatible with the ISO Standard (ISO 27729)"

    But then you email me

    "Your sixteen digit ORCID identifier is 0000-0002-5945-7502"

    0000-0002-5945-7502 is not sixteen digit.

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      1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Hi,

      Sorry for our delay in replying. ORCID’s relationship with ISNI is explained more fully at http://support.orcid.org/knowledgebase/articles/115265-what-is-the-relationship-between-isni-and-orcid. ORCID iDs have the same format at ISNIs and come from a block of numbers ISNI has reserved to ensure there is no overlap, but ORCID is not a subset of ISNI.

      Your ORCID iD is sixteen digits. The hyphens are include for readability, but your ORCID iD will resolve without them ( with the URL orcid.org/0000000259457502). Clients shouldn’t have an issue with the hyphens as they are standard characters to include in URLs, and they can always be escaped if there is an issue.

      Best,
      -Catalina
      ORCID Support

    • Make it impossible to assign more than one ORCID to publication per author listed

      It seems that currently, more than one ORCID can be assigned to a given publication for the same author name. An example from the documentation http://pub.orcid.org/v1.1/search/orcid-bio/?q=digital-object-ids:%2210.1087/20120404%22 This record lists two different ORCIDs for "Paglione, Laura" Which one should be used?

      It's thus conceivable that a user who forgets that they have already created an ORCID account, could create another one and assign themselves to the same paper. It's also conceivable that someone could claim a publication as their own when this is not the case.

      Therefore, when an author from the list of authors has already been assigned an ORCID,…

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

        Thanks for your question. To better answer your question, it may be helpful to understand how information gets attached to an ORCID Record. Each link between an ORCID iD and an item (such as one represented by a DOI) is stored separately in the ORCID Registry, and is explicitly put there by the iD holder. When doing a search on something like a DOI, you will see each of the ORCID Records that have this DOI included in it. For example, for the DOI you searched (dx.doi.org/10.1087/20120404) 5 search results are found:
        http://orcid.org/0000-0003-3188-6273 (Laura Paglione)
        http://orcid.org/0000-0002-2123-6317 (Howard Ratner)
        http://orcid.org/0000-0002-5993-8592 (Ed Pentz)
        http://orcid.org/0000-0001-5109-3700 (Laurel Haak)
        http://orcid.org/0000-0003-1419-2405 (Martin Fenner)

        This means that these five individuals explicitly put this DOI onto their records, and assuming that none of them has done so in error, you would consider these individuals to be contributors to this article. Note…

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

          As it’s been a few months and I haven’t heard back I’m going to close this iDea. if you are still having issues please contact ORCID Support at support@orcid.org

          Hi,

          Can you provide me with more information about how you think ORCID could improve our system search? We’d be interested in hearing your suggestions, but I’ll need more specific ideas before we can act on this.

          Thanks,
          -Catalina
          ORCID Support

        • Add a "Presentations" category under Conferences

          Under the "Conferences" pull-down, it would be very helpful to have a "Presentations" choice. Many, many conference presentations are never published in a journal or proceedings.

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            0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            The list of work types offered in ORCID is from the CASRAI Output Standards, which you can find out more about at http://dictionary.casrai.org/research-personnel-profile/contributions/outputs.
            Rather than trying to maintain an inclusive list of work-types, ORCID has decided to use this vocabulary so we can focus on our main goal of providing unique identifiers. As the CASRAI vocabulary is updated, we will also update the work-type options in ORCID.

            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

            • 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

              • publication

                Hi,
                It would be great if you include full details of publication along with hyperlink.
                Something like this; title, authors and publication details. If someone hover on it, should show hyperlink which can be connected to respective paper on web or etc
                Thank you
                Veeranagouda Yaligara

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

                  Hi,

                  The full publication information (and links to the paper) should be shown when you hover over the plus sign next to the title. We’ve hidden this information from the initial list as it creates a much easier to read list for authors who have numerous publications with long citations and lists of authors

                  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

                  • Attach affected email(s) when trying to register existing user via API

                    When trying to register a user with a primary or secondary email that already exists in the database, the API respons with HTTP 400 and a short error description. It would be helpful if the API also returned which email(s) that already are registered in the system, so this can be presented to the user, making it perhaps easier for him/her to retrieve the existing account.

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

                      Hi,

                      I wanted to update you on the status on this idea. While this was something that we were planning to do, after reviewing the privacy concerns it is not a suggestion we can implement. Our privacy policy makes it clear we do not share an information a user has marked as private and returning an ORCID iD based on a private email address violates this policy.

                      For members looking at creating records we suggest you review our Create on Demand process at http://members.orcid.org/create-records which avoids the issue of creating duplicate records entirely.

                      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

                      • 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

                        • BibTeX import does not have missing "Contributor" field...

                          BibTeX imported entries do not have "Contributor" fields for some reason. The "citation" field correctly has the author information though.

                          When I pull my entries from NCBI SciENcv system to create the CV, no author information is transferred.

                          I think this is a bug in the ORCID import function, but not sure.

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                            2 comments  ·  * Metadata/Data Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Allow batch entry of works via structured template (e.g. csv)

                            My publications aren't in any of your listed sources. So I need to enter my publications manually. I click on this option and find I have to enter them one by one. 20 or so fields 40 times. Arrgh! How about allowing batch uploads of multiple records at once using a simple structured document format, e.g. .csv. New users could then upload all their existing publications in a single action. I am not sure I have the patience to do this initial record-by-record upload :-)

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

                              Hi,

                              Just letting you know that we now offer a new tool to batch enter works form BibTeX format. For information about that tool see http://support.orcid.org/knowledgebase/articles/390530. In addition the list of tools you can use to automatically import works from our member databases has also increased, see http://support.orcid.org/knowledgebase/articles/188278

                              With these new tools available we will not be working on a way to add works from a csv file, so I’m closing this iDea. Thanks for taking the time to provide your feedback.

                              Thanks,
                              -Catalina
                              ORCID Support

                            • Improve search function in IE browser

                              We can typing any traditional Chinese in Chrome to search the specific author, but it was useless in IE browser. May ORCID can improve the search function in IE browser?

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

                                Hi,

                                As there as been no response to this, I’m going to close the iDea. If you have further information about this issue please feel free to open another suggestion.

                                Best,
                                -Catalina

                                Hi,

                                I’m sorry our search engine didn’t work correctly for you in IE. Can you provide me an example of text your searched for in IE that did not return the same results as Chome? Also please let me know what version of IE you are using.

                                Best,
                                -Catalina
                                ORCID Support

                              • Incomplete import of records from Scopus and ResearcherID

                                There are several instances where records are not completely imported into ORCID:

                                1. Page numbers are sometimes not imported:
                                • both Scopus and Researcher ID: some journals have article numbers rather than page numbers. These are not imported. Examples are the journals by the American Physical Society.

                                • Scopus only: page numbers that are preceded by any character other than the numbers 1-9 are not imported, e.g. page numbers starting with a letter.

                                2. DOI is often not imported into the BibTeX record (both researcherID and Scopus). While the DOI is listed in other parts of the record, the lack…

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

                                  Hi,

                                  My apologies for our delay in following up with this. The issues with what is being included in the BibTeX field are coming from the sources supplying it. ORCID does not modify the BibTeX provided with a work in any way (we’ll even accept incorrectly formatted BibTeX). I’ve let Scopus and ResearcherID know about your concerns around missing information in the BibTeX field, and it will be up to their teams to correct it. As there’s nothing further we can do, I’m marking this iDea as closed.

                                  The UFT-8 issue mentioned in your comment, is something we can work on and we’ll address it in your other iDea.

                                  Best,
                                  -Catalina

                                  Hi,

                                  Thanks for sharing your concerns. I believe both of these issue arise from Scopus and ResearcherID as they format the BibTeX that is sent to ORCID. But I want to double check on this, can you…

                                • sort works by first author names

                                  Sort works by first author names. I notice someone else voted for this, and it said 'complete' but I do not see this functionality applied yet.

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

                                    Hi,

                                    Thanks for the suggestion, unfortunately sorting by authors not something we can currently do in the ORCID Registry. For most works we don’t have author information stored outside of the citation field and even when we do it’s rare that the first author is identified out from other authors. (You can see when currently adding a work manually there’s not even a way to add authors)

                                    However, we shouldn’t have an iDea marked as complete that we haven’t done. If you can send me a link to that iDea I’ll update our response to it.

                                    Thanks,
                                    -Catalina
                                    ORCID Support

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                                    • Fix character encoding of BibTeX fragments in orcid-works XML

                                      BibTeX fragments in the orcid-works XML are encoded differently from the surrounding XML. The encoding used is not documented anywhere. For the discrepancy, see e.g. the encodings of double quotes or the accented e in Joël in my works:

                                      http://pub.orcid.org/0000-0001-9231-2770/orcid-works

                                      Character encoding in BibTeX is always problematic, however a number of solutions would be an improvement over the current situation:

                                      - encode the BibTeX using the same encoding as the surrounding XML, and let the client worry about how to deal with it.
                                      - replace all non-ASCII characters by their equivalent BibTeX sequences (e.g. ë to {\" e}).
                                      - clearly…

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                                        1 comment  ·  API Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        HI,

                                        ORCID doesn’t encode the BibTeX on records. The BibTeX is provided by the source of the record, either the user themselves or the integration that posted the work. ORCID does not validate BibTeX and we accept it in any format provided by the user or integration. This allows BibTeX from multiple sources to be easily added to ORCID records, though it means that the encoding is not consistent.

                                        Best,
                                        -Catalina
                                        ORCID Support

                                      • Search bar

                                        The search bar is hidden above in grey color. Should be clearly visible in the center of the webpage like google.

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

                                          Unlike Google, search isn’t ORCID’s primary activity. ORCID is a registry that allows you to connect info together. While users can search for others, most ORCID records are viewed from a link that included an ORCID iD rather than a search. But may make the search bar stand out more next time we do a site redesign.

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