Author Identifiers(e.g., ORCiD, Google Scholar Citations, Scopus Author ID,ResearcherID) are tools that help researchers maintain their scholarly contribution lists and are important for distinguishing research, linking publications, increasing online visibility/access, and creating a unique research identity.
These sites allow you to create an online list of your scholarly work. It is up to you to determine which parts (if any) you wish to make visible to others.
1. Option 1: Importing publications into ORCID using ORCID publication wizards: Log into your ORCID account, and under "Works," click "Add Works" and "Search & Link." Choose an option. Some of the best options for you might be Scopus to ORCID, since Scopus creates a profile automatically for anyone whose works are indexed in Scopus; Europe PubMed Central (if you work in the health sciences); MLA International Bibliography (if you work in the humanities); or ResearcherID (if you have a Researcher ID account).
2. Option 2: Manual entry: Log into your ORCID account, and under "Works," click "Add Works" and then "Add Manually." This will be the most work for you, and is likely to produce the largest number of errors.
3: Option 3: Importing publications into ORCID using Google Scholar: While this is possible, the ORCID site recommends using the wizards (option 1) instead, since this is more likely to result in accurate publication information. To import publications from Google Scholar, log into your Google Scholar Citations account. Check off the publications you wish to export, and then click the Export button. Choose BibTex as the file format, and then choose Save As from your browser (or right click to see this option.) In ORCID, choose Add Works -- Import BibTex and then choose the file you just downloaded. You will then have the choice to save individual articles to your profile or to "ignore" them.
IMPORTANT: Because you may use several sources to import your publications, you may end up with more than one record in your profile for the same article/work. Try sorting your works by title so that you can find the duplicates more easily and then delete the duplicates. If multiple records containing the same item identifier (e.g., DOI, ISBN) are entered into ORCID, ORCID will display only the "preferred source." At the bottom of the record, you'll see something like "preferred source (of 2)." Click to see the other source, and delete, if you wish.
What can it do for me? Identify citation counts and the h-index of your publications in Google Scholar. Citation counts provided in Google Scholar are generally higher than those identified in citation databases such as Web of Science or Scopus.
Because Scopus Author ID is generated automatically, Scopus may not match all your publications to your Scopus Author ID correctly. If you have found any issues with your author profile, please see "How do I correct my author profile?" to get these corrected.
Can I control which parts of my profile are publicly visible? Yes. When you register, there are some items on the registration page that will be public by default, including your first name, last name, institution, role, and other names. Your mailing address and email will be private. You can change these settings once you have logged into your account.