I would appreciate some clarity and comments on the issue of "Researcher ID's".
A couple of years ago I made the mistake of signing up for "ResearchGate". This led to an incredible amount of spam in my email inbox.
Then my School was being reviewed and so all the staff had to sign up for "ResearcherID". This was quite some work because one had to "tag" all of your publications. Then I thought I was done...
Now I find that journals I publish in are asking for my ORCID.
I am reluctant to waste more time jumping through more hoops to create another "unique" identity.
But maybe this is the "special one", the author version of the DOI.
I am also getting tired/concerned/frustrated with all the metric focus.
I am also concerned how these initiatives seem to have a strong commercial element to them.
But, perhaps I just have to bite the bullet and do it.
I welcome comments and clarification.