ORCiD (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a powerful tool that allows researchers to record, share, and move their scholarly information. Imagine having a CV that follows you from institution to institution or if you change your name. ORCiD assigns you a unique identifier so that you can get credit (no matter where you go, no matter what you are called) for your scholarly work.
ORCID, a non-profit organization, "is part of the wider digital infrastructure needed for researchers to share information on a global scale. We enable transparent and trustworthy connections between researchers, their contributions, and affiliations by providing an identifier for individuals to use with their name as they engage in research, scholarship, and innovation activities" (Our Mission).
When you sign up for an ORCID, you will be given a 16-digit unique identifier, which will allow you to:
Best of all, it's free!
As a non-profit, ORCID is supported by a number of organizations, including publishers, universities, and libraries.