When people Google your name, pages with your scholarly contributions are more likely to show up in the result if you have established your scholarly identity online.
Your ORCID profile can be linked to Scopus Author Identifier, ResearcherID, and Mendeley profile. Your publication information can be exchanged among these profiles.
It can be overwhelming to maintain all the scholarly profiles online. When the infrastructure grows more mature, all the profiles may talk to each other and get automatically updated. Ideally, ORCID could be the hub of information exchange due to its non-profit nature and organization purpose. Therefore, here are a few factors to consider when you decide which online profiles to maintain.
Many profile and network services allow you to upload a fulltext copy of your publication. Some of them, such as ResearchGate and Academic.edu, would actively solicit fulltext uploading from you when other users clicked the "Request a copy" button in your profile. However, these sites rely on you to determine if you have the rights to share the fulltext publicly. Many academic authors transfer their copyrights to the publishers upon publication and may not have the right to post the fulltext copies to those websites.
To find if you have the rights to post the fulltext PDF or peer reviewed manuscript version of your article, please check the copyright transfer agreement with the publishers. There are two tools below to help you determine what rights you may have retained for different journals.
Read more about copyright at libguides.mines.edu/copyright/permission .