API News & Updates

Https required for version 2.0

As of April 13th any members using the 2.0 release candidate schema will be required to use https in calls to the ORCID API. In calls to post to, put to, or read ORCID records the URL must start with https. For example when reading the activities on a record the URL is https://api.orcid.org/v2.0_rc1/0000-0001-5109-3700/activities. This applies to both the member and public API.

Updates to identifiers for activities

We wanted to let you know about changes we’re making to the identifier field in the works and funding section of the ORCID schema version 2.0_rc1. This change does not impact existing integrations using schema version 1.2.

Preserving authentication and multiple access tokens

We’re making a couple changes to the OAuth workflow which will improve the workflow for site using ORCID sign in for authentication.

  1. If an active access token already exists with the same scopes and the user is logged into their ORCID record, they will not be prompted to grant authorization again. Instead they will be taken directly to the redirect URI.

XSD 1.2 Update

XSD 1.2 is now available on the production ORCID Registry and sandbox as a stable release version. On April 1, 2015 we will update the default ORCID Message Schema from version 1.1 to 1.2, and we will no longer support version 1.1 or release candidate versions of 1.2. After April 1, integrations that have not updated to version 1.2 may not work correctly.

ORCID API Enabling Automatic Updates

To help facilitate the collect-publish-update process, ORCID will be extending the timeframe during which ORCID Members may add new items or make updates to ORCID Records for which they have trusted party status granted by an individual. With this change, short-lived access tokens will continue to be valid for one hour, but an option for long-lived permissions which will last 20 years can also be requested.*

As always, user control over privacy, and the edit and maintenance of their record are among ORCID’s Principles. These enhancements include provisions for this user control.