An Author ID is your researcher social security number, and will help your disambiguate your name.
In order to measure your impact as an author, you have to make sure you are credited for your work. -There are many Hans Hansens & Li Weis out there, but only one 0000-0003-0672-7473.
Publishing under variations of your name, changing your name or institution can lead to your work being incorrectly associated with another author – or you can end up with several profiles.
A solution could be to register for an ORCiD Identifier, associate it with your Scopus author profile and/or ResearcherID.
Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) is a persistent digital non-profit identifier for researchers. Through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, it supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized.
Registering for an ORCiD identifier is free and easy. Once you have your unique ORCiD identifier, you can create a profile and link it to your other author IDs and profiles (e.g.ResearcherID, LinkedIn). You can associate existing publications with your ORCiD profile by importing from sources like Scopus and Web of Science.
Scopus automatically creates an author identifier in the database and attempts to disambiguate authors based on e.g. affiliation, research areas. Citation metrics are included with each author profile.
You cannot edit your author profile yourself, but you can request corrections if publications are incorrectly assigned (or missing from) your profile or you find other errors by contacting Scopus or the library at CBS.
Set up an author profile in Google Scholar Citations and you can view citation metrics for your publications and get an email alert every time one of your publications is cited.