What is ORCID?

ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier) is an international, not-for-profit organisation created for the benefit of researchers, research organisations, funders, and publishers.

An ORCID iD is a unique and persistent digital identifier used to disambiguate researchers from one another. The iD supports authentication across multiple platforms allowing researchers to link their professional activities and publications to their unique record; ensuring their scholarly contributions are properly attributed and permanently showcased.

Many funders and research organisations are actively supporting the use of ORCiD iDs, by embedding them into key workflows to assert connections between every stage of the research life cycle. Accurate information is also vital to indexing, search and discovery, publication tracking, funding and supporting peer review.



Authentication and display

BMJ has long supported the use of ORCID by integrating ORCID into our submission systems. All BMJ journals publishing primarily original research mandate ORCID iDs for all submitting authors; this is published on the final article to promote discoverability and credit. Co-authors and reviewers are strongly encouraged to also connect their ScholarOne accounts to ORCID. For those who do not currently have an iD they will be required to register, but this is free and takes a matter of seconds.


Collect and connect

We are also working with ORCID to recognise the importance of the reviewer community. Reviewers for selected BMJ Journals are able to share their activity by connecting their review to their ORCID account to gain recognition for their contributions. Depending on the peer review model of the Journal, appropriate information about the review will be entered into the ORCID record once a final decision or revision has been made on the article.

  • Blind peer review: only the journal title will be entered into the ORCID record; there is no identification of the paper
  • Open peer review: information about the Journal, review and article will be uploaded (title, DOI, URL, etc)

If you have not previously granted BMJ permission to update your record, you may be redirected to the ORCID website where you will need to log in and grant permission. You may opt-out of this service at any time.


Register or authenticate your ORCID ID

To include your ORCID iD, simply add it to your account after you log in:

  1. In ScholarOne: Go to your name at the top of the login screen and select from the drop down menu ‘Email / Name’.
  2. From the options on screen, select either ‘Create an ORCID iD’ or ‘Associate your existing ORCID iD’
  3. By registering for an account or signing in to your existing account with your email and password, your iD will now be linked