ORCID stands for Open Researcher and Contributor ID and it provides researchers with a unique identifier that enables them to distinguish themselves (disambiguate their name) and their research activity.
Having an ORCID is now an essential part of how researchers can keep track of their identity as they publish material, get grants, and gain impact, and it is open source (not proprietary). Some of the world’s largest publishers, funders, and institutions have adopted ORCID and community uptake has dramatically increased over the past year.
ORCID is not another researcher profile tool! It is an integral part of the research ecosystem as it provides the glue between different systems.