Organization identifiers in the ORCID Registry
Researchers may include employment and education affiliations in their ORCID records. Affiliations must include an institution's name and address but should also include a unique identifier to disambiguate the institution.
ORCID currently uses Ringgold organization identifiers to generate a picklist of organizations. Ringgold is a registration agency for ISNI, and the Ringgold database will soon include crosswalked ISNI organizational identifiers.
Affiliations selected from the picklist in the ORCID interface are linked with a Ringgold identifier automatically. Affiliations added via the API should use the <disambigated-organization> field to include the Ringgold identifier. In each case, ORCID recommends that users choose the parent organization (and not the division or department) as the affiliation. Department and title information may be provided in a separate field.
In funding, Fundref identifiers are used to disambiguate organizations.
(NOTE: Developers using the ORCID API for affiliations should use XSD Version 2.0 or higher.)
Determining your Ringgold identifier
Search for a single identifier
Ringgold provides a free search (registration is required) for looking up identifiers. Search for the institution by its full name for best results. The main institution name will be recorded in its native language and translation into Latin characters. Member organizations who need to locate multiple Ringgold identifiers should contact us for more information.
Get an identifier from the ORCID Registry
Institutions added to the ORCID Registry via the provided list in the user interface have their Ringgold identifier included when accessed via the API.
Updating organizational informationSince the data about organizations are maintained by Ringgold, any updates or corrections to data should be reported to them.
ORCID does not maintain the organization list under the education and employment sections of the ORCID record. This data is imported directly from the Ringgold Identify database, and we regularly update the list of organizations in ORCID based on data provided by Ringgold.
Please contact Ringgold to have your organization added if it is missing from the Ringgold database.
Organizations not in Ringgold
ORCID will work with its members to ensure that each is included in Ringgold. If you are an ORCID member and are not listed in Ringgold, please contact us for more information.