You know who you are, but do others?
"….Of the more than 6 million authors in a major journal citations and abstracts database, more than two-thirds of them share a last name and single initial with another author, and an ambiguous name in the same database refers on average to eight people…."
The Newsletter of the Australian National Data Service, Issue 18, April 2014
Author name ambiguity is a longstanding issue in scholarly communication with adverse consequences.
Common situations include (but are not limited to):
Your name alone is not reliably unique enough to confirm you as the author of your publications.
How does having an ORCID iD help resolve author name ambiguity?