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Volume 4 | Issue 11 | November 2014         

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Track your Scholarly Work - ORCID  |  Student Corner  |  Faculty Corner  |  Gaming Fundraiser

Track your Scholarly Work with ORCID

by Evan Sprague, Medical Library Assistant, & Nancy Bulgarelli, Medical Library Director

ORCID is a 16-digit persistent identifier used to track your scholarly work over your entire career no matter where your journey takes you and distinguishes you from other researchers. Anyone can register for an ORCID even if you haven't started publishing yet. ORCID is here to stay!


Why ORCID? ORCID IDs are becoming quite prevalent, and you may be asked by funding organizations like the NIH and publishers such as Elsevier and Nature for your ID when submitting a manuscript.

What would an ORCID do for you? ORCID IDs are very useful for authors whose names may have changed due to marriage or divorce, as the 16-digit identifier would remain the same. ORCID IDs can also help disambiguate authors with similar names – there are several individuals publishing under the name Barbara Joyce. ORCID IDs would differentiate the Barbara Joyce who writes about nursing topics, from the Barbara Joyce who writes about immunology, from the Barbara Joyce who writes about medical education (OUWB's Barbara Joyce). They are also useful when publishing in foreign journals where cultural differences may list people's names in different order. Perhaps the most useful feature of ORCID IDs, however, is that they are associated with an individual not an institution. So it is an easy way to track your authorship throughout your career.

How is the Medical Library involved with ORCID? Over the next few months the OUWB Medical Library will be promoting ORCID to our faculty and students. Our goal is to incorporate searching by ORCID as part of our quarterly publication reports. In so doing, we hope to keep better track of the scholarly pulse of OUWB.

How to obtain an ORCID? Registering for an ORCID ID is free and easy. Simply go to  and register for an account. The Medical Library would also be happy to assist you in obtaining an ORCID ID. Once you have an ORCID ID, use it whenever you submit a publication or apply for a grant to help ensure that you get credit for the work you have done. You can also set up an ORCID profile – but that is entirely voluntary and not required for obtaining an ID.

If you have any questions or would like assistance in setting up an ORCID account and acquiring an ID number, please contact us at!

Student Corner

Library Building Hours during upcoming Holidays Kresge Library will have reduced hours and close in accordance with University closings on the following dates & times:
  • Thanksgiving:
    • Wednesday, November 26: Closes at 8:00pm
    • Thursday, November 27 & Friday, November 28: CLOSED
    • Saturday, November 29: Library opens at 7:30am; 24/7 resumes
  • Winter Break: 
    • Friday, December 12: Closes at 8:00pm
    • Saturday, December 13 - Friday, December 19: Library open 7:30am - 6:00pm
    • Saturday, December 20 & Sunday, December 21: CLOSED
    • Monday, December 22 & Tuesday, December 23: Library open 7:30am - 6:00pm
    • Wednesday, December 24 - Sunday, January 4, 2015: CLOSED
    • Monday, January 5, 2015: Library opens at 7:30am; 24/7 resumes

Medical Library Student InfoBites
Thank you to those who attended our three infobites this fall! A second series will be offered in the winter semester starting in January. More details to come!

Faculty Corner

Faculty Brown Bag Series The faculty series will continue in January! Anyone interested in the topic is welcome to attend and please feel free to bring your lunch!

January: Common Mistakes in IRB Submissions
  • When: Wednesday, January 21 from 12:00 - 1:00pm
  • Where: 478 O'Dowd
  • Description: Hear about common mistakes in IRB submissions and get all of your questions answered about the IRB application process from our guest speakers: Rebecca Sandborg, PhD, CHRC, CIP, Director of Regulatory Support in the OU Office of Research Administration and our own Victoria Lucia, PhD, a current OU IRB application reviewer.  

For those faculty who could not attend November's Faculty Brown Bag session on November 19, be sure to check out the literature tracking apps demonstrated by Keith Engwall on our Mobile Resources page

If you have any questions about the series, please contact us at


July - September OUWB Publication List

The Medical Library is pleased to publish the for the July - September 2014 OUWB Publication List featuring the published work of OUWB faculty, staff, and students! This quarterly report recognizes and provides quick access links to our authors' books, book chapters, articles, published abstracts, and MedEd Portal submissions.

A special thanks to Evan Sprague, our Medical Library Assistant, for the extensive time and effort he has put forth in searching and documenting citations, and developing this publication list.

If your publication was inadvertently missed, please email the citation to us at, and it will appear in next quarter's report!

2nd Annual Gaming Fundraiser for Beaumont Children's Hospital

For the second year, the Medical Library is teaming with the Pediatrics Interest Group to host a gaming fundraiser for Beaumont Children's Hospital.

All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to come and try their hand at a variety of video and board games on
Friday, December 5 from 4:30pm - 11:00pm in the rooms 110A - C. All proceeds will be donated to Beaumont Children's Hospital. This event is open to the entire University so if you know an avid gamer, send them our way!
 LinxBird gaming by LinuxBird
Image Courtesy of LinuxBird, CC BY-SA 3.0

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