Improve search options and information displayed in results
Please try to improve search options in 2 ways:
1.- Aspect: show Search box in another location, shape and colours. It's not obvious that this grey line is the Search box.
2.- More fields in Advanced Search: add affiliation and fields combined with Boolean operators
Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.
Since you’ve first submitted this suggestion, we’ve improved the appearance of the search bar, and are now working on the affiliations search. You can follow progress on the Current Development Trello at:
We have also started working on adding an affiliation search field to the advanced search options: https://orcid.org/orcid-search/search You can find it on the advanced search page, however there is not yet a column which displays the affiliation listing in the search results.
Finally, you can also use the basic search page (the default search option from the search bar) to create SOLR queries covering the same options as the public API. A Public API tutorial is available at:
ORCID Community Team
Search results for people should include middle name/initial and affiliation. Otherwise it is not really helpful in disambiguation.
Thanks for this. I look forward to affiliation being added to search results, to allow disambiguation of researchers with the same names.
See mockup image in this tweet: https://twitter.com/pigsonthewing/status/869910652533583872
Also, I'm available to discuss and elaborate, in email/ hangout etc; or to beta test a solution
An earlier ticket  was, I believe, closed on a misunderstanding. We are not asking for any private data to be made pubic, but simply for search results pages to give an indication of which results include some public data; ideally with a summary, but otherwise with a tick or similar mark.
Thanks for your comment. We're soon going to unveil an application that we've developed for just this use.
It's something like Doodle for ORCID iDs: You create a page for, say, your event and then link it to the group of contacts (conference registrants or attendees). They'll be able to sign into their ORCID accounts to authenticate their identities, and then their name will be added to the list along with their authenticated ORCID iDs. You'll then be able to download them all in text format.
We've been demoing it during our recent workshops, and it is how we collected the ORCID iDs of our iD display working group members: https://orcid.org/blog/2017/05/10/new-id-display-guidelines-journals-now-released
We hope to have the application released soon along with sample use cases. Keep an eye on our blog for more information!
ORCID Community Team
Thanks. I understand.
My use case is this:
I am listing attendees to a workshop.
I want to list their ORCID (both to identify them unambiguously, and also to encourage the attendees that don't have an ORCID to get one).
The attendees don't always provide their ORCID. Since there is a small number of them, I can check each one manually. This is faster, and more polite, than going back to them for more details.
ORCID is the the issuing authority, so I check your site.
To help to disambiguate results, please show additional information in your search results. Country, organisation, a social network handle, a keyword, anything...
See examples of problematic search results here: https://twitter.com/researchwhisper/status/865362578326798336
"We provide this service to help people find information…" - currently, that is hard to do because I have to individually look at each record to see if it is the individual that I'm looking for.
Thanks for your comment, M. Victoria Peláez Morales.
Please note that we do not recommend using the ORCID search to disambiguate researchers. The ORCID search is useful for finding some basic information -- for example, institutions can use the ORCID API search to find out how many researchers are *publicly* asserting an affiliation with their institution. https://members.orcid.org/api/resources/find-myresearchers
However we would not recommend that an institution consider those search results definitive. User control over their iD and information connected to it is a key principle of ORCID; that means that ORCID record holders choose what data they wish to make public on their ORCID record, or whether to add any data at all: https://orcid.org/blog/2016/05/05/user-control-over-who-sees-what
Our recommendation, rather, is that if you want to find a researcher's iD, then you should ask them to provide it. You can do this by asking them to sign into your system -- e.g. a manuscript submission system -- to confirm that they are in control of that ORCID iD. The system accepting that ORCID iD can then read other data on the ORCID record to add to their understanding of the user, but it is the authentication that is key: without asking the researcher to sign in, you do not know whether that iD indeed belongs to them, or whether it belongs to someone with the same name.
If you have any questions on this process, let us know at email@example.com
The ORCID Community Team
M. Victoria Peláez Morales commented
The affiliation is absolutely needed both in "Advanced search" and in "Search results".
The lack of this field is a huge defficiency, because broke the promises we believed from ORCID. Without this, ORCID ID become almost useless as a solution for the ambiguity of researchers names.
This is really dissapointing.
I wish you undestand the importance of solving this need, and assume the solution as a priority.
Christian Gutknecht commented
"Search results should include more than just a name. When names are ambiguous, I need something extra to tell them apart."
Yes, this is very important. I suggest a column with the country, or the current employment would be very helpful.
It would be really useful to add the affiliation/institution field in the advanced search interface.
J Kurjian commented
Advanced search should be more robust. Currently a person can search by name and keyword - not sure what is included in keyword (e.g. affiliation, title terms, country?). If a user searches a commonly occurring name, they can get back pages of indistinguishable results. For example, a search of Ana Cardoso, not the most common name, returns 30 authors. A search of Wei Wang returned scores of page; when I typed 'physics' into the keyword box, no results were returned at all (same with 'medicine'), which seems unlikely. With these kinds of results a user has little hope of finding an author with anything but the most unusual name.
Would love to be able to search for Institutions.
David W. Lawrence commented
Search results provide a mix-up of first names and family names. Sometimes the list is impossibly long. Could there, in addition to the single search field, be added an advanced search that allows searching by family name plus and initial?
Ryan Scherle commented
Search results should include more than just a name. When names are ambiguous, I need something extra to tell them apart.