Brief introduction to ORCID

ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a free and open registry created for researchers, scholars and for those who produce scientific and academic literature. 
Just like ISBN and ISSN for books and serials
"ORCID aims to reliably attribute research outputs to their true author by assigning every scientist on the planet a machine-readable, 16-digit unique digital identifier. If ORCID takes off, it could revolutionize research management, vastly increase the precision and breadth of scientific metrics and help in developing new analyses of, for example, social networks" (Nature Editorial 2009)

In fact, with the dramatic growth of the practices of research evaluation, tools able to disambiguate names and to connect authors to their publications, are strongly needed. Just think to: shared names, different variations, transliterations and multiple family names that can affect bibliometric analysis and citation counts.

If researchers have unique identifiers, it makes it easier to round up all of their products (data, blog posts, technical documents, theses) and determine how much they have influenced the field. 
What should you do to obtain an ORCID ID?
  1. Go to
  2. Click on the Register Now Link and fill out the required fields (name, email, password)
That's all, you will receive your ORCID ID.
But you can go on and create your ORCID profile and add all your previoues works.
Links to ORCID profiles can be easily added to personal pages and CVs.

If you want to learn more about ORCID:

- Ten things you need to know about ORCID right now