Current Specification

The current specification is version 2.4

Responding to feedback from member firms, RIXML version 2.4 contains several enhancements designed to provide increased flexibility and usability, and includes the following:

  • we have added attributes to the Rating element, enabling publishers to more accurately describe the nature and timing of their ratings.
  • we have added a new element for describing organization expertise, enabling a research publishing organization to identify one or more areas of expertise.
  • responding to requests from several research publishers, we have added mirror tags for the existing Title, SubTitle, Abstract, Synopsis, and Biography tags. These mirror tags (i.e., TitleFormatted) enable publishers to provide marked-up content to vendors who support it, while providing the same content, not marked up, for those vendors who do not support it.
  • in order to more completely describe the persons associated with the research via the RIXML schema, we’re adding several new, optional elements (i.e., picture, biography) beneath the Person element.
  • we are adding an optional child element called SeriesID to the existing element ProductSeries in the Context package, giving the publisher an opportunity to maintain continuity in the series across name changes.
  • this release contains 146 new enumerations (with definitions) and updates to the definitions of 85 existing enumerations.

In-depth information about these changes can be found in the Release Notes document, below.

Additionally, we are very excited that for the first time, with this release, the RIXML organization is including additional “side-car” schemas with its primary research document tagging schema. The first provides publishers with a standard vehicle for communicating analyst roster information to clients and aggregator partners. The second does the same for coverage information. Both leverage major elements already defined within the RIXML schema proper. Each of these new side-car schemas is represented by a new RIXML XSD file appearing in the release bundle and on the RIXML web site. It re-uses major elements and complex types from the Common and Datatypes XSD files already present.

Version 2.4 does not break backward-compatibility with prior versions. That is, a RIXML instance document that validates against version 2.2, 2.3, and 2.3.1 will also validate against version 2.4.

Data Dictionary

The purpose of the Data Dictionary is to assist readers in their understanding of the RIXML specification. It outlines the approach we took in creating the RIXML standard and also explains some fundamental concepts such as XML, object modeling, schemas, etc. Diagrams of the RIXML object model are included, as are definitions for the elements and attributes.
Download the Data Dictionary(.pdf)

Level One Addendum

RIXML Level One was initially launched as part of the release materials in v2.2. The Level One definition is merely a subset of the tags already present in the RIXML schema. The subset was defined through a series of prioritization exercises originally conducted in 2006 and carried forward through subsequent releases. The purpose of the Level One subset is to provide RIXML adopters with some guidance on where to start. The full RIXML schema is small by comparison to other industry standards, but still large enough to be daunting to some adopters. Level One lists the highest-priority tags. When we release an update to RIXML, we review its impact on the Level One Definition and include an Addendum document in the release materials.
Download the Level One Addendum(.pdf)

Release Notes

This document highlights the changes between version 2.3.1 of the RIXML specification and version 2.4.
Download the Release Notes.(.pdf)


The RIXML Schema is the actual XSD files that represent the relationships and components as defined by the object model. These files can also be used to validate instance documents to ensure they are RIXML-compliant.
Download the RIXML Schema: Main | Common | Data Types (.xsd)
Download the RIXML Sidecar Schemas: Roster Updates | Coverage Updates


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