Research Standard


The current version of the RIXML Research Standard is version 2.5

The current production version of the RIXML Research Standard is version 2.5. It was released on September 21, 2017, and became the production version on December 15, 2017.

Responding to feedback from member firms and other interested parties, RIXML Research version 2.5 contains several enhancements designed to provide increased flexibility and usability, and includes the following:

  • we have added three new Index types, expanding coverage of non-US markets, and enabling publishers to more accurately describe the topics of their research.
  • we have added four new Status Types, enabling publishers to specify different workflow conditions for updating and re-posting research.
  • we have added four new Entitlement sub-types, so publishers can define entitlements based on new criteria.
  • we have added structures for supporting names in multiple languages. Organization Name, Person Name, Team Name, Title, Sub-Title, Synopsis, and Abstract can all be specified in any number of alternative languages relative to the primary language of the research.
  • we have broadened our support for Events by adding two new Product Categories for Event Invitations and Post-Event Summaries.
  • we have added Speciality as something that can be “covered” by analysts and publishers in our Coverage Updates Standard.

In-depth information about these changes can be found in the Release Notes document, below. Version 2.5 does not break backward-compatibility with prior versions. That is, a RIXML instance document that validates against version 2.2, 2.3, and 2.4 will also validate against version 2.5.


Data Dictionary

The purpose of the RIXML Research Data Dictionary is to assist readers in their understanding of the RIXML Research Standard. 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 RIXML Research Data Dictionary(.pdf)

Implementation Guide

The RIXML Research Implementation Guide is intended to be used in conjunction with the other components of the release. The Implementation Guide outlines the approach taken by in creating the RIXML Research Standard, explains the fundamental concepts regarding tagging and XML, and provides guidance for implementing the RIXML Research Standard. It also explains some of the core principles of the standard and defines some best practices for implementing it. 
Download the RIXML Research Implementation Guide (.pdf)

Level One Addendum

RIXML Research Level One was initially launched as part of the release materials in v2.2 of the RIXML Research Standard. The Research Level One definition is merely a subset of the tags already present in the RIXML Research 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 Research adopters with some guidance on where to start. The full RIXML Research 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 the RIXML Research schema, 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 2.4 of the RIXML Research Standard and version 2.5. 
Download the Release Notes. (.pdf)


The RIXML Research 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

Older versions

Older versions of the RIXML Research Standard can be found here.