An ORCID identifier or ORCID iD is a 16-character identifier that can be used to clearly identify you, and not another researcher by a similar name, as the author of a research output.
It is unlikely that your name is unique, you may wish to change your name at some time, and you may have publications that use different variants of your name first name and initials.
This means that citations to your papers could get lost and you could be credited with citations from the wrong papers. By tying your publications and research outputs to your ORCID iD, they become more discoverable.
By signing up for an ORCID identifier, you have one identifier that will belong only to you and that you can keep throughout your academic career, regardless of the institution at which you work.
How do I get an ORCID ID?
It is very easy to sign up for an ORCID iD. Read about ORCID or go straight to: