Q: What is the advantage of having both ORCiD and ResearcherID?
Recently, while I was uploading a manuscript in a journal website, I found a field where I can put my ORCiD. That website gave me the option to put my ResearcherID too. Yes, I have both. However, I am not fully aware about utility of these two IDs.
At a basic level, both ORCiD and ResearcherID perform the same function, that is, help solve the problem of ambiguity by assigning an unique ID to every researcher. Thus, even if there are several researchers with the same name, these tools help make them uniquely identifiable and link this unique ID with his/her publications.
However, there are important differences between the two which explains why you might benefit from having both. While ORCiD just provides you with a unique identifier, ResearcherID has some additional features: it enables users to build a publication profile and generate citation metrics from Web of Science. On the other hand, while ResearcherID is owned by Web of Science, ORCiD is community-driven. and is therefore more neutral. Thus while ResearcherID is restricted to journal outputs in the Web of Science, your ORCiD can be associated with an output in any article from any publisher, and you can also attach the identifier to datasets, equipment, media stories, experiments, patents and notebooks.