Scholarly Publishing

Identify Database

Transforming Data to Power Scholarly Publishing

Scholarly publishing is more reliant on data and systems than ever before. Successful publishers and intermediaries will be able to leverage their information assets, gaining deep insight into their business, efficiencies across workflows, and a competitive advantage in the market. By helping to transform raw data into an asset, Ringgold can empower scholarly publishers – and the partners that serve them - to face the new interconnected and data-driven environment.

Organizations play multiple roles for publishers and intermediaries: licensees, consortia, prospects, funders, and affiliations of authors, reviewers, editors, and more. Normalizing and enriching organization-related data is a major step in treating your data like the valuable asset it is. Ringgold’s Identify Database is the leading organizational reference database serving the scholarly, academic, and research fields, and has been a key component of successful data strategies for more than 15 years.


Identify allows you to normalize and enrich your data so that you can:

  • Explore the market & reveal opportunities

  • Populate systems with clean records & eliminate duplicates

  • Implement efficient workflows for authors, contributors, and staff

  • Power enhanced analytics for evidence-based decision support

  • Gain 360-degree insight into your constituents

  • Enable sharing of information across your organization & with external partners

  • Support master data management

Identify: A Singular Resource

Identify aims to be a complete reference database of organizations to support master data management:

500,000 organizations with hierarchies


All countries


All industry sectors including academic, corporate, hospitals, non-profit, and government


New records added to accommodate the needs of our clients


Curated & updated


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Ringgold Organization Identifier
  • Unique numerical ID to disambiguate each organization
  • Facilitates linking between systems
  • Links to ISNI, IPEDS, NCES, Open Funder Registry IDs
Geographic & Demographic Metadata
  • Up to 25 pieces of structured data: Location, Subjects, Tiers, Industry Sector, Size, and more
  • Augments understanding of each organization
  • Powers multifaceted analysis
Parent / Child Links
  • The most complete hierarchical structures available
  • Reveal connections between related organizations such as departments and universities, subsidiaries, government agencies.
  • Enables reporting at any level of an organization


Get Started
License options: Annual subscription or perpetual use licenses are available. Fees are based on the size of your organization

Delivery formats: Identify Database licenses include access to support a variety of workflows & implementations

  • Local hosting: complete database or delta files delivered weekly
  • API / webservice
  • Identify Online interface

Get the most out of Identify with our Supporting Services

Identify Audit Service: Let Ringgold's experts normalize & enrich your data. More information >>

Validate Service: The fastest way to request a new Identify master record and Ringgold ID. More information >>

Proposals and pricing are available upon consultation.

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Ringgold: A Trusted Data Partner

Since 2005, Identify has been adopted by more than 80 association & scholarly publishers, universities, and organizations active in science and research. See our Client List >>