ORCIDs are unique, permanent identifiers for researchers. You can create an ORCID profile to collect all your academic works in one place.
The ORCID iD solves the problem of name ambiguity such as authors with the same name, and individual researchers publishing under slightly different names during their career. Because authors do not consistently use the same name, online services such as Scopus and Web of Science often fail to correctly match publications to authors. With an ORCID, you can distinguish yourself from other authors and clearly showcase your work. Funders and publishers are also increasingly requiring scientists to identify themselves with their ORCID iD (see examples here).
Creating your own ORCID profile takes a few minutes and can be done on the ORCID website. Once you have created your account, you can automatically import publications from other systems, such as the Scopus Author ID, ResearcherID, and Mendeley. If you grant permission to ORCID, you can also have your ORCID record automatically updated every time you publish something new. This feature saves you the time and hassle of entering these details yourself.
Do you want to learn more about ORCID, or do you need help setting up your account? Visit our ORCID stand at the symposium ‘Publish for Impact’ on the 7 February 2017. We will be happy to help you. You can also find more information about ORCID on this library webpage.