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Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier (ORCID)

Create or Connect your ORCID iD


Three Easy Steps to distinguish yourself and enhance your scholarly impact!

  1. Create your ORCID iD (If you already have one, skip this step)
  2. Connect your ORCID iD to Texas A&M University Libraries (Click button below)
  3. Use your ORCID iD


What is ORCID?

Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) is both a standard and a service to help researchers establish and maintain their scholarly identity. ORCID helps distinguish researchers with similar or identical names, differences in spellings or translations of names across languages, and change in their name or affiliations over their career. 

ORCID aims to prevent name confusion in digital collections of publications or databases. ORCIDs assign unique and persistent identifiers and manage records of researchers and their research activities including scholarly works, affiliations, and funding.

ORCID iD is available to any scholars who want to obtain an ORCID iD and manage their record of research activities. The iD is a randomly-assigned, sixteen-digit number that uniquely distinguishes a researcher from all others in the world. As an example of an ORCID record, click on the ORCID number below: 

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If you have ever tried to locate all the works of a particular Tom Smith; or worried that works under your maiden name are not being retrieved by interested parties; or if you are concerned about the occurrence of variant transliterations and spellings of your name in various citation databases or other researcher information systems, you would find benefits from using ORCID iD!

  • Distinguish yourself and enhance discoverability of your work
  • Time saver by reducing repetitive data entries
  • Cost effective - It is free!


ORCID is a not-for-profit organization, sustained by fees from member organizations including Texas A&M. ORCID’s work is open, transparent, and non-proprietary. They are guided by the principles of privacy and researcher control, and the vision of identifier-enabled research information infrastructure.


Isn't ORCID iD just another identifier?

No. ORCID iD is a rich data source:

  • ORCID iD has emerged as the standard researcher identification infrastructure
  • All major scholarly publishers support ORCIDs – many require them
  • ORCID now integrated into all major manuscript management systems
  • CrossRef_ORCID integration provides ability to automatically add/update author records on publication
  • Most major funders either support or require ORCID, such as NIH
  • Many universities are integrating ORCID into their processes and systems. Texas A&M includes ORCIDs in our directory if available.

ORCID Integration at Texas A&M

Texas A&M University Libraries, as an ORCID member organization, has associated ORCID iDs with current researchers at TAMU, including faculty, research staff, and graduate students.

Create-on-demand workflow steps:

  1. You create and/or connect your ORCID iD with TAMU system.
  2. TAMU obtains & stores iDs and access tokens.
  3. TAMU Library adds information to your ORCID profile for you by:
    • Updating your affiliation data
    • Updating your scholarly works (e.g., publications, grants)


Collect & Connect: Turning ORCID’s Vision into Reality

How to get help?

Useful Resources for ORCID:

If you need help with creating your ORCID iD or have further questions, please contact us (