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.



BMJ has long supported the use of ORCiD to ensure that accurate author and reviewer information is obtained by integrating ORCiD into all of our submission systems. Any author can authenticate their iD via ScholarOne and this will be displayed alongside the online version of their publication to promote discoverability and credit.

All BMJ journals publishing primarily original research now mandate ORCID iDs for all submitting authors at the time of article submission; co-authors and reviewers are strongly encouraged to also connect their ScholarOne accounts to ORCID. We strongly believe that the increased use and integration of ORCiD iDs will be beneficial for the whole research community. 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.


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