Include ROR IDs in ORCID record data

ROR is intended to help connect people (researchers), places (organizations, like funders and research institutions) and things (research outputs, like publications and datasets) through the power of open persistent identifiers (PIDs), in order to easily answer questions like:

  • Which publications and datasets were authored by researchers at a particular institution?
  • Which publications and datasets are the result of research supported by a particular funding agency?
  • Which researchers are affiliated with a given institution?

To harness the power of PIDs in this way, ROR identifiers need to be included in metadata for other identifiers, such as ORCID records for researchers.

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Which ORCID tools and services support ROR?

Currently, ROR is supported only in the ORCID API and the Affiliation Manager tool in the ORCID Member Portal. ROR is not yet supported in the ORCID web interface (which researchers use to add their own affiliations manually), but work on this will start soon. Follow the progress of this project in Trello.

ROR in the ORCID API

As of Oct 2021, the ORCID API supports ROR as an organization identifier for any schema element that includes an organization field, such as education and employment affiliations, funding items, research resources and peer reviews.

Example: ORCID employment affiliation

Below is an example showing just the organization section for an employment affiliation item using ORCID scheme v3.0. For a full XML example, see ORCID's employment XML sample file.

For more information on using the ORCID API, see the ORCID API Guide and ORCID API Tutorials

<common:organization>
  <common:name>ORCID</common:name>
  <common:address>
    <common:city>Bethesda</common:city>
    <common:region>MD</common:region>
    <common:country>US</common:country>
  </common:address>
  <common:disambiguated-organization>
    <common:disambiguated-organization-identifier>https://ror.org/04fa4r544</common:disambiguated-organization-identifier>
    <common:disambiguation-source>ROR</common:disambiguation-source>
  </common:disambiguated-organization>
</common:organization>

ROR in the ORCID Affiliation Manager

Those using the Affiliation Manager tool in the ORCID Member Portal can include ROR IDs in affiliations added to ORCID records.

  • If you are using the CSV bulk upload, include the full ROR URL in the disambiguated-organization-identifier column
  • If you are using the manual entry form, include the full ROR URL in the Organization ID field