ORCID iD (Open Researcher & Contributor ID) provides a unique digital name or iD that distinguishes researchers from one another. Over the course of a career, researchers might change names or encounter others with the same or similar name as their own. Once you sign up for your ORCID iD, you will be assigned a specific ID number that will differentiate you from others. Your ORCID iD is yours and will follow you no matter where your career takes you. Because it is your iD, you have control on what information is included.
Creating an ORCID iD is not just for tracking article and book citations and impact. You can link do data sets, data management plans, artistic work and performances, images, patents, and much more.