Simplify promotion and tenure or just make it easier for colleagues to access your publications: create a digital research identifier. Digital identifiers allow you to claim your publications under a single, unique ID. This is particularly critical if you have published under more than one name or variant of your name or if you have a name that may be frequently confused with someone else (e.g., Jones).
Register for free, unique identifiers with ResearcherID and ORCID in order to distinguish your research activities from that of others with similar names. Once you have created your unique IDs, use them any time you submit work for publication, apply for grants, or in the research workflow to ensure that your work is properly attributed to you.