ROR basics

What is ROR?

ROR (Research Organization Registry) is a community-led registry of open, sustainable, usable, and unique identifiers for every research organization in the world.

ROR includes identifiers and metadata for more than 100,000 organizations. ROR identifiers are designed to link research organizations to research outputs in scholarly infrastructure. Search the ROR registry at

Tools and services

In addition to the registry, ROR provides a set of open tools for interacting with ROR data and integrating ROR IDs. These include:

How is ROR used?

ROR can be used in any system where affiliation data is collected or consumed. ROR is therefore useful for any stakeholders who need to track research by institution, including publishers, repositories, funders, and research administrators. See a list of current integrations.


ROR is a cross-organization collaboration led by California Digital Library, Crossref, and DataCite, in consultation with a broad network of community advisors. Read more about ROR's governance structure and sustainability model.