Libraries Awarded Grant for ORCID Identifiers Program

Marketing and Communications | October 30, 2013

Texas A&M University Libraries is among nine institutions recently selected by the non-profit organization ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) to partner in the ORCID Adoption and Integration Program. This program provides funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to the University Libraries’ project to generate ORCID identifiers for Texas A&M graduate students and scholars at the beginning of their careers.

ORCID identifiers are unique 16 digit numbers that enable scholars worldwide to distinguish their research activities from other authors with similar names. They are also portable, allowing scholars to use the same ID throughout their lifetime—regardless of an affiliation or name change. The integration of ORCID identifiers into Texas A&M’s community of new scholars, particularly current graduate students and post-doctoral researchers, is projected to demonstrate the benefits ORCID identifiers achieve by creating a scholarly identity and connecting trusted linkages between authors and their earliest works.

With the rapid growth of online scholarly publishing, ORCID is quickly becoming the worldwide community standard in distinguishing scholarly research activities. This innovative program will serve as a catalyst for advancing the discovery, dissemination and preservation of new knowledge, which fulfills the visions of both ORCID and Texas A&M.

As a partner in the ORCID Adoption and Integration Program, the Libraries will launch a short-term pilot program to connect ORCID identifiers with all Texas A&M graduate students, post-doctoral researchers and any interested faculty. Texas A&M and the Libraries will start integrating ORCID identifiers into the Electronic Thesis and Dissertation submission system in January 2014, with the integration being completed by August 2014. Starting in late fall 2013, outreach and training in the use and benefits of ORCID identifiers will be available from the Libraries’ Scholarly Communication Office, in partnership with Graduate Studies and the Thesis Office.

"The goals of the Texas A&M ORCID integration project align well with efforts already in place at our university to engage graduate students in high impact experiences and ensure they are well versed on issues surrounding scholarly communication,” said Dr. Karen Butler-Purry, Associate Provost for Graduate and Professional Studies. “In addition to enabling more effective management and tracking of our student’s scholarly outputs, the project has the potential to shape the research behavior of our future scholars through awareness building and graduate education.”

The project is a component of the Libraries’ Scholar Services initiative for managing resource identities. As the principal research and information center of the university, the Libraries possess the expertise and proven track record to successfully fulfill the objectives of the project as the Libraries continue to “advance and support changes in scholarly communications in a way that supports the faculty and students at Texas A&M.”


For more information: contact James Solano, Texas A&M University Libraries; 979.862.2764 or