In order to help researchers keep their research output credited to them, author identifiers can help disambiguate their names from others with the same or similar name. Using unique identifiers, researchers can have a common authority link between all of their research, whether they change names, institutions, or fields.
ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier) is an open, international, non-profit organization created by the research community to help researches distinguish themselves from others by providing them a unique and persistent 16-digit identifier in order to make scholarship easier to find and attribute so that researchers get credit for all that they do.
ORCID iDs can ensure that a researcher's publications, datasets, and other research outputs are connected with their names throughout their career, even if they change their name, publish under different variations of their name, change institutions, or even switch fields. In addition, they're also used to create and maintain research profiles, manuscript submissions, as well as grant and patent applications.
ResearcherID, which is a proprietary author identifier from Clarivate Analytics and is fully integrated with Web of Science, assigns a unique identifier to each registered researcher enabling them to manage their publication lists, track their times cited counts and h-index, identify potential collaborators, and avoid author misidentification. In addition, ResearcherID is compliant with ORCID allowing you to link between the two so that profile and publication data can be exchanged between the two systems.
Authors listed in the Scopus database will have an automatically generated author profile, which includes a unique author identifier in an attempt to help disambiguate them from other researchers with a similar name. Use the author search tool to locate a researcher's author profile where you can locate their identifier, including ORCID iD if linked to Scopus, references, citations of work, h-index, and subject area. You cannot edit your author profile yourself, but you can request corrections if publications are incorrectly assigned (or missing from) your profile or you find other errors. For more information, please see How do I correct my author profile?