So what is ORCID and why should you care?
ORCID (http://www.orcid.org) is an open, non-profit, community-driven effort to create and maintain a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers. When fully implemented by funding agencies, publishers, and universities will be able to unambiguously link researchers and research through the embedding of ORCID identifiers in key workflows, such as research profile maintenance, manuscript submissions, grant applications, and patent applications.
The ORCID Registry is available free of charge to individuals, who may obtain an ORCID identifier, manage their record of activities, and search for others in the Registry. The ORCID identifier is a numeric 16 digit code; e.g., my ORCID is 0000-0003-1868-2794. You can also link your ORCID to existing researcher profiles like Researcher ID and ScopusID. A portion of an ORCID registry page is shown below. You can see the entire registry page by going to http://orcid.org/0000-0003-1868-2794.
For more information on creating your ORCID and linking it to your research activities, check out our Author and Research Identifiers LibGuide.