An ORCID iD number is a unique, persistent identifier that distinguishes you from other researchers. The ORCID number is essential for author disambiguation. Having an ORCID means that if you change your name, or have the same name as another researcher, it will still be easy to tell who you are and which publications belong to you.
The ORCID profile is internationally recognized and is increasingly used in publishing and research evaluation. It is quick and free to sign up for an ORCID ID, just go to ORCID.org and register.
Once you have your ORCID number, you should make sure to use it:
When you log in to your ORCID account, you will be brought to your profile page. You can choose to make your profile public or private depending on your preference.
If you have a Research Support System profile that you have already added your publications to, you can update your works in ORCID automatically via the RSS.
You can also connect other research profiles and databases to your ORCID so that they can automatically update your ORCID profile:
You can connect your ORCID ID to your RSS profile to make updating both profiles easier.
To connect your ORCID ID to your RSS profile: