Researcher IDs are useful for creating an authoritative identity as a researcher and scholar. They can prevent you from being confused with other academics with similar names or consolidate papers you may have written under different monikers by linking all of your work to a single profile.
ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) 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. ORCID provides two core functions:
(1) a registry to obtain a unique identifier and manage a record of activities, and
(2) APIs that support system-to-system communication and authentication.
Many publishers have begun requiring authors to use an ORCID identifier.
Web of Science Researcher Profiles (formerly called ResearcherIDs) are now managed by Clarivate. They have also merged with Publons profiles, which allowed researchers to track their publications, citation metrics, peer reviews, and journal editing in one place. The Researcher Profile will also help you distinguish your scholarship from any created by an author with a similar name.
You can now sign in to Web of Science, Publons, and EndNote with one email address and password. If you already had an account in EndNote or Web of Science or previously had a ResearcherID, then you can still use those credentials. Otherwise, you can create an account with the link below.