Create a scholarly ID#, such as the ORCID, in order to have a unique number to associate with your scholarship.
This is especially helpful if:
you have the same name as other scholars in your field
you have changed your name (or plan to) at some point in your career
you sign your name slightly differently each time you publish: Cynthia Smith, Cynthia Elizabeth Smith, Cindy Elizabeth Smith, Cindy E. Smith
you are known by a nickname, but publish under your full, formal name
ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a non-profit project (the ORCID community is comprised of scholars and academic publishers) that is designed to "provide a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers." Basically, it is a DOI or ISBN for a scholar! Once you set up an ORCID account, you will have a unique number/URL to your scholarship. Setting up an account and adding your citations is easy. Here are the steps:
1. Set up an account in ORCID.
2. Add your publications.
Option 1: Import your citations from your Google Scholar Profile using BibTex. Here's a video showing you how:
Option 2: Use CrossRef to try to find most of your citations. Use the Search & Link option under Add Works and choose CrossRef.
Option 3: Manually add your citations.
3. Add your ORCID (make sure you use the entire URL. Example: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-1825-0097) to your website, your C.V., etc.