ORCID is a nonprofit organization helping create a world in which all who participate in research, scholarship and innovation are uniquely identified and connected to their contributions and affiliations, across disciplines, borders, and time.
Essentially, an ORCID iD (Open Researcher and Contributor iDentifier) is a number that identifies you as a researcher and author. It provides a profile page where you can link papers or presentations on which you are an author, helping other researchers find who you are and what you've published directly from a single paper of yours.
You can use ORCID while searching literature to find a concise, and hopefully complete, list of an author's publications.
Short answer: YES!
And make one now, even before you pursue publication.
ORCID iD is an easy solution to many common worries around publishing:
It connects all your papers, even if you publish under a different name.
If you're good about connecting everything to ORCiD, it can serve as an open access, constantly updated "digital curriculum vitae." Now, many publishers and some grant-making bodies (including the Royal Society, American Geophysical Union, Science, Nature, Wiley, American Chemical Society) require some or all authors in their journals to have an ORCID iD.
If you have not yet registered for an ORCID account, follow the below instructions for the smoothest registration and linking experience. The instructions are taken from the Creating an ORCID Account and Linking to HeinOnline Knowledge Base article.
If you have already created an ORCID account you can still link the existing account to HeinOnline.
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