Get an ORCID
ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher, improves interoperability between the systems you use (e.g. publisher submission systems, grant application systems) and ensures you get credit for your work. Think of it as a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) for people.
ORCID is a not-for-profit organisation, supported by research funders, universities and publishers across the world and there are currently over 4.2 million ORCIDs. Many publishers and research funders now require an ORCID as part of their submission and application processes. HEFCE have "strongly encouraged" researchers to register for an ORCID in preparation for REF 2021 and have given notice that ORCID will be a requirement in future exercises.
As well as providing your unique 16 digit identifier, ORCID also has a profile feature. Here you can populate information about your research activities and create an online CV that stays with you for your entire career. You can also link your ORCID up with services like CrossRef, Scopus, DataCite and many more so that information about your publications can be automatically added to your profile.
Register for free on the ORCID website - it should only take a few minutes - and start populating your profile.