The journal to which I have submitted my research paper has asked for an ORCID iD. What is this ORCID iD? Why is it so important for the journal?
ORCID is a non-profit organization that issues unique identifiers to individuals who register on their site. This unique identifier is a 16-digit number that can be associated with all the research output generated by a scientist. Thus, ORCID iD avoids any ambiguity about who a researcher is (e.g., two scientists may have the same exact name) and which body of academic research he/she belongs to. Many journals now ask authors to provide their ORCID iDs when they submit their manuscripts. This helps journals associate the authors of a paper with their respective unique identifiers.