ORCID, Open Researcher and Contributor ID, is a free international register where you as a researcher can create a unique digital ID that connects you, your research and your activities. It follows you throughout your career, regardless of whether you change university, research area, name or city. The purpose of ORCID is to link research results to the right author, and to support researchers in managing information between different systems. Many large publishers use ORCID in their pre-publication workflows, such as Elsevier, Nature Publishing Group, Springer and Thomson Reuters. ORCID is also used by a number of different research funders when applying for research grants, for example the Swedish Research Council and Fortes.
ResearcherID is a researcher identifier that is reminiscent of ORCID and is used to link the right publication to the right author, and to distinguish researchers with similar names. ResearcherID was originally created by Thomson Reuters, but is now owned and maintained by Clarivate Analytics. In April 2019, all existing ResearcherIDs were redirected to Publons, a platform powered by Web of Science and ORCiD. Researchers who do not have a ResearcherID need to register on Publons and import their publications from the Web of Science to be eligible for a ResearcherID. Researchers who do not have any publications indexed in the Web of Science but still need a ResearcherID can contact Publon via the link at the bottom.
Create researcher profiles
As a researcher, there are several things you can do to make yourself and your research visible. For example, you can use various online tools to ensure that information about you and your research reaches all your target audiences.
ResearchGate is a social tool for science where you can share your own research or follow other researchers' publishing activity. You can also communicate with other researchers and take part in statistics.
Google Scholar is a citation database for scientific material and contains over 300 million publications. In addition to the ability to search for scientific material, Google Scholar offers various tools to researchers who create their own profile. There you can, among other things, manage your publications and take part in statistics, bibliometric measurements and citations for your research.
Create a Wiki article about yourself to increase your own visibility, not just for other researchers but for the general public. Maintaining a Wiki article is also a good way to avoid spreading incorrect information about you and your research.