The Open Identity Exchange (OIX), the non-profit organization dedicated to building trust in the exchange of online identity credentials across public and private sectors, today announced that the American Psychological Association (APA) has joined the organization.

The APA is the world’s largest organization of psychologists and a leading publisher of scholarly works and research databases in psychology and behavioral sciences. APA seeks to use the OIX Trust Framework to deploy stronger credentials for scientists and clinicians in online identity.

Online trust is a human behavior in need of better measures,” says Hal Warren, APA Director of Publishing Innovation. “OIX provides the environment for APA researchers to aggressively explore the value of online trust and to develop new improved methods for online identity.

The first APA project in collaboration with OIX as a Trust Framework Provider will seek to create two-factor trust assertions for authors of scientific works published by scholarly societies.

Says Warren, “We remain convinced that the greater the trust, the greater the velocity of communication which results in better contributions. OIX provides the environment for greater trust among scientists and research institutions.