In order to facilitate citation metrics and publication tracking using Web of Science tools, Web of Science enables authors to create a profile that allows others to learn more about their work and affiliations. The process of creating a unique digital author identifier is simple and registration is free. Establishing a unique researcher identifier ensures that one's work will be properly identified and linked to the right individual. The Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) is a non-profit supported platform for establishing a unique digital identifier. The ORCID can be linked to Web of Science ResearcherID.
ORCID provides an identifier for individuals to use with their name to ensure their research, scholarship, and innovation activities are identified with the correct person. ORCID is a free service to help people find information and to simplify reporting and analysis.