Research Organization Registry (ROR)

Research Organization Registry (ROR) is a project led by the research community with the goal to develop an open, sustainable and unique identifier for research organizations worldwide. This identifier has been the missing link connecting research objects beyond researchers to their affiliated institutions in a standardized and reliable way.

In 2016, Crossref, DataCite and ORCID, among others, founded the "Org-ID-Initiative". The work of the various working groups on topics such as policy, governance and PR evolved into the "Research Organization Registry - ROR", which launched in early 2019 with a prototype at

The more than 98,000 entries in ROR are based on data from the Global Research Identifier Database (GRID), which was used as the basis for the launch of ROR. Each entry in ROR is assigned a ROR ID and describes a scientific institution.

Only the top level of an institution is recorded in ROR. Departments (e.g. divisions, faculties, sections, etc.) of an institution are not recorded in ROR. The focus of ROR is on the use case "affiliation information", when researchers and their research resources are to be assigned to an institution. ROR differs from other existing solutions in that it is driven by the research community, is open (metadata is published under CC0) and is specifically designed to provide unique affiliation information for research institutions. To ensure that all publications are attributed to the authors' or creators' affiliated institutions, the ROR ID must be entered into the DOI metadata.

You can find all ROR IDs on the page To create a ROR ID for an institution (free of charge) or to update an existing ROR ID, you can use the ROR Request Form: ROR Request Form.

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