ROR is community-supported, community-driven, community-funded open infrastructure.
The community-based aspect of ROR sets it apart from similar efforts in this space. With adoption and involvement across the scholarly research community, we ensure the long-term sustainability of open infrastructure for research organization identifiers.
ROR is governed, operated, and financially supported by California Digital Library, Crossref, and DataCite – three trusted organizations that each have deep expertise in developing open, sustainable, community-driven infrastructure for scholarly communications. ROR’s three governing organizations share collective responsibility for operating ROR and commit in-kind support to cover ROR’s core personnel and operating expenses.
The wider ROR community includes users and stakeholders from around the world and across many types of institutions and industries, including publishers, libraries, platform providers, university research offices, data repositories, CRIS systems, government agencies, funders, and more.
The ROR Steering Group is a small advisory body composed of the ROR Operations Team plus external members who are key stakeholders in the global scholarly communication ecosystem. The ROR Steering Group was initiated in November 2019 to provide input on ROR priorities and strategy. Steering Group activities are guided by a terms of reference document.
Current steering group representatives
- Matt Buys, DataCite (permanent member)
- John Chodacki, California Digital Library (CDL) (permanent member)
- Lautaro Matas, LA Referencia
- Ritsuko Nakajima, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
- Joy Owango, Training Centre in Communication (TCC Africa)
- Ed Pentz, Crossref (permanent member)
- Judy Ruttenberg, Association of Research Libraries (ARL)
- Kathleen Shearer, Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR)
- Chris Shillum, ORCID
- Natasha Simons, Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC)
Community Advisory Group
The Community Advisory Group is the primary way to get involved in ROR, engage with other stakeholders, and give feedback on ROR’s current projects and future direction. The group of more than 150 people is invited to attend bi-monthly videoconference calls and is open to anyone who is interested in ROR. You can read more about the group on the ROR blog. To join the group, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Curation Advisory Board
The ROR Curation Advisory Board reviews suggested updates to the registry and advises on curation practices and standards.
A number of systems have already integrated or are working on integrating with ROR to collect and display clean and consistent affiliation data. Current self-reported integrations are listed in the gallery below. If you are working something and it does not appear on the list, let us know via this form.
For support adopting ROR, join the ROR Technical Forum and check out the developer documentation.
Current ROR integrations
ROR receives ongoing financial support from stakeholder organizations. The ROR supporters program strengthens community investment and helps to offset operating costs and fund time-limited projects.
Does your organization want to become a ROR financial supporter?
ROR-organized events include bi-monthly Community Advisory Board calls, webinars, and more, and ROR team members frequently present at conferences and webinars organized by other groups. All ROR events are always free. See our events page to read more about and sign up for upcoming events. We are also happy to schedule free custom webinars and tutorials for your team: write email@example.com with inquiries.
Want to learn more about ROR – or teach someone else? See our list of video and text tutorials on using the ROR API and other topics.
Sign up for one or more of the following open, public forums to ask questions and discuss issues with a wide range of people interested in ROR:
ROR Technical Forum: Technical announcements, discussions, and questions for developers implementing ROR in their systems.
ROR Community Slack: General questions and discussion with ROR staff, ROR adopters, and ROR supporters.
ROR GitHub Discussion Board: Announcements, calls for feedback, and a forum for community members to propose and discuss features and ideas.
PIDForum chat ROR room: General questions and discussion about ROR with people interested in persistent identifiers.
Crossref Community Forum: Visit the ‘ror’ tag on the Crossref Community Forum to read and ask questions about ROR and Crossref.
Stay up-to-date on the latest ROR news and opportunities for feedback and involvement:
Sign up for the ROR email list
Read the ROR blog
Follow the ROR Twitter account
Follow ROR on Mastodon
Follow ROR on LinkedIn
Suggest changes to ROR
Anyone can suggest changes or additions to the records in the ROR registry via the ROR request form. Use this form to request a new organization or to request changes to an existing record. Changes are reviewed and if approved will usually appear in the registry within 4-6 weeks.
To report a bug or request a feature in the ROR API or other tools, create an issue on the ROR roadmap on Github.
If you spot an error in our documentation, use the “suggest edits” button in the top right to let us know.
Join the ROR Community Advisory Group
Anyone is welcome to join the ROR Community Advisory Group. This group meets on a bimonthly basis to discuss ROR updates and give feedback. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in joining the group.