October 2014

Ed PentzFrom the Executive Director

Summer is over in Oxford - the air is getting chillier and the days shorter, which means that the Frankfurt Book Fair is almost here with the CrossRef Annual Meeting following soon after. I’ll be in Frankfurt along with Anna Tolwinska and Rachael Lammey - please get in touch if you’d like to meet and hear the latest CrossRef news (please email Jen Rogers). See below for information about the CrossRef Annual Meeting at the Royal Society in London on November 11-12th - we’ve got a great program lined up (and it’s free!). As usual it will be a combination of CrossRef news as well as updates about the latest innovations in scholarly communications. 

We are quickly approaching 70 million scholarly content items in the CrossRef system from 36,000 journals, 555,000 books, 40,000 conference proceedings, 77,000 standards, and 54,000 theses and dissertations. This is a huge network for persistent citation and linking that benefits our members but also all of scholarly communications. 

There’s also a couple of pieces of late breaking news of interest:

  1. PKP announced that OJS 2.4.5 has been released and now supports automatic CrossRef deposits (https://t.co/I8Bm0oD6FW). We’ve been working closely with PKP on better integration of OJS and CrossRef to help the thousands of small CrossRef members who use OJS.
  2. A CrossTech blog post by Geoffrey Bilder gives an overview of a new, experimental API that links publications and data using CrossRef and DataCite DOIs (http://t.co/0vpycKh2wL).

CrossRef DOIs in Use: Wikimedia

Wikipedia contains thousands of articles that cite the scholarly literature. CrossRef has joined up with Wikimedia to make it easier for Wikipedia authors and editors to include CrossRef DOIs in those citations.

Of course, many Wikipedia articles already use DOIs. This article listing the Ig Nobel Prize winners  (“that first make people laugh, and then makes them think”) since inception of the popular parody awards in 1991, is in fact one of the Wikipedia articles with the highest number of DOI citations.  


CrossCheck Plagiarism Screening Service Usage Grows

The CrossCheck database of scholarly content available for participating CrossRef members to check their submissions against continues to expand. It now covers more than 40 million documents with CrossRef DOIs in 115,000 titles from 590 participating publishers. Between them, these publishers are submitting over 150,000 documents per month to iThenticate to check them for originality.

Thanks goes out to the publishers who attended the CrossCheck User Group Meeting at the 6th International Plagiarism Conference in June. CrossRef is holding a second User Group Meeting in 2014 at the CrossRef Workshops day on November 11, in London (see below for details).  We will cover the following topics:

  1. developments to the iThenticate system,
  2. new support materials for CrossCheck users, and
  3. an update on participation

Some of you may have seen the news that iParadigms, the company that owns iThenticate, has been acquired by Insight Venture Partners. CrossCheck users shouldn’t see any difference in the day-to-day running of iThenticate, but do get in touch via email if you have any questions. 

We still offer free introductory CrossCheck webinars and will schedule webinars for more advanced users in the upcoming months. If you have any questions about CrossCheck, see the CrossCheck web page or email us.

CrossMark Publication Record Service Hits its Stride

Forty-seven CrossRef Member publishers now participate in the CrossMark service to communicate updates and important publication record information to readers, and have now recorded information for a total of CrossMark Logo450,000 scholarly documents. The latest publishers to include publication record data include Taylor and Francis and the Royal Society of Chemistry.

For further information, attend one of our frequent webinars, or visit the website for a gallery of live CrossMark examples and links to up-to-date technical information, or email crossmark@crossref.org.

FundRef Funding Data Service

CrossRef’s FundRef service allows publishers to help researchers comply with funder requirements to disclose funding for their research and then making that data searchable. Researchers simply pick from a list of standardized funder names when they submit their manuscripts. Another approach is for publishers to tag documents with standard funder names. In either case, the funding data becomes part of the CrossRef metadata records upon publication.

fundref logoThe FundRef service can stand on its own, and it is also the foundation of two services aimed at helping U.S. Federal Agencies meet their requirements to increase public access to federally funded research: CHORUS and SHARE. The service now boasts 115,000 records. The FundRef Registry, the taxonomy of global funding bodies, which is at the core of FundRef, has grown to 8,100 names--double last year’s number. New publisher participants include the Institute of Physics Publishing, The Royal Society of Chemistry, and Wiley.

We are simplifying the sign-up process: members may start including funding data in their records at any time. We do ask you to let us know if you plan to include funding data in your deposits here. For information on how to participate, sign up for one ofour frequent, free FundRef webinars open to all members.

CrossRef Service Provider Atypon has recently announced support for FundRef. See our FundRef news page for other industry discussions of CrossRef’s funding data service. More information about FundRef can be found on the CrossRef web site.

CrossRef Text and Data Mining Services Up and Running!

Another key issue in the public access conversations throughout the world concerns the ability of text and data mining researchers to access the scholarly literature.

CrossRef Text and Data Mining services were launched in May 2014 to provide the infrastructure publishers can use to make that possible while minimizing time-consuming one-on-one negotiations between researchers and publishers. As text and data mining grows in scale and importance, CrossRef’s newest services provide a common method by which researchers can access the full-text content from participating publishers in order to mine it. Researchers can take advantage of these services for free; and there is no charge for publishers to participate through 2014.

tdm logo Publishers participate by following these simple steps (there aren’t many!):

  1. Sign up here.
  2. Deposit additional web addresses as part of CrossRef metadata:
    • URI where the mining researchers should get the full text for each DOI
    • URI where researchers can review the publisher’s license.
  3. OPTIONAL: Implement standard rate limit headers if mining impact on site performance is a concern.
  4. OPTIONAL: Set-up a click-through license. This step is only for publishers that need to add terms to their existing license in order to allow usage for text and data mining.

Already, text and data mining information appears in more than 370,000 CrossRef records, a number which is growing quickly.

For a walk-through of the service, both publishers and researchers can join one of our upcoming free CrossRef Text and Data Mining services webinars. For more information on this service see our web page. To find out in more detail what publishers and researchers need to do to participate, visit our text and data mining support site or e mail tdm@crossref.org.

New Enhanced CrossRef Metadata Service Affiliates

CrossRef offers Enhanced CrossRef Metadata Services (CMS) to both members and non-members (Affiliates). Enhanced CMS users can harvest metadata from CrossRef and use it in their systems according to the CMS license agreement, which promotes linking to publisher full text by using CrossRef DOIs. The metadata CrossRef makes available is the standard bibliographic metadata, DOIs and references as deposited for Cited-by Linking.cms logo

CrossRef member publishers may choose whether or not each Enhanced CrossRef Metadata Services recipient can get its metadata. For more information please contact Susan Collins.

View a list of our current CMS subscribers.

Our newest Affiliates to join the program:

  • FCT-IP, Polo FCCN
  • National Agricultural Library
  • Suweco

Further information about CMS is available here, or read about our CMS policies here.

Tech Corner: Upload funding and license metadata in CSV format

Members may now upload funding and license metadata in .csv format using our web deposit form. View details here. 

Please note that this option is in beta. This means that, while we’ll do our best to address any issues that come up, users should not make any urgent last minute deposits using this format until it moves out of the beta stage and, as always, should review their submission logs to make sure the data being deposited is correct.

Technical Working Group for Standards

CrossRef has recently formed a technical working group with the intention of improving visibility of standards in the CrossRef system. We are currently discussing changes to the CrossRef query logic and deposit XML, and intend to create some best practices for citing standards. If you are interested in participating contact pfeeney@crossref.org.

New Content Type

CrossRef currently supports DOI deposits for journals, books, conference proceedings, reports, standards, dissertations, and datasets. We’re is considering adding a new content type to capture metadata for items that fall outside our current content categories, such as training materials, case studies, multimedia, and any other scholarly content that lives online. If you ‘d like to help define the new content type, or have examples of content that fall outside of our defined categories, contact pfeeney@crossref.org.

NEW: Notification Callback Service

We've recently added a Notification Callback service that notifies members via a HTTP(S) URL that a submission log is available. Details are available in the help documentation.

General Reminder:  Announcements regarding system status, changes, and enhancements are posted on twitter (as @CrossRefSupport) in the Announcements forum on our support portal, available here. You may subscribe to this form via RSS feed or email. 

Great Minds Gather for the 2014 CrossRef Annual Meeting 11-12 November in London

Join us at the historic headquarters of The Royal Society in London to discuss the scholarly communications landscape of the future The day will include:

Data That's Fast, Data That Lasts
Laurie Goodman, Editor-in-Chief of GigaScience, will be our keynote speaker and will discuss the critical importance of citing data and making it persistently available.
The Royal Society
Peer Review: New Methods and Models

Recently, a raft of innovative peer review models have been floated and are charting new waters. Our speakers will each address a different system--different from the traditional peer review of the past, and different from each other.

The roster includes:

As in previous years we’ll have updates on:

  • Operations,
  • System Developments,
  • Strategic Initiatives,
  • and on our Services.

The CrossRef Workshops will take place on Tuesday, 11 November. The daylong workshops will be on technical and non-technical topics of interest. The day will also include a CrossCheck User Group
Meeting registration, agendas and additional information is available here. Register soon as only a few spots remain.

Board of Directors Election Update

Election materials for the Board of Directors election will be sent via email on October 6th. User names and passwords for the voting portal will be sent in a separate email.

What's New with the CrossRef Staff

Congratulations to Andrew Gilmartin, who is celebrating his 5th year at CrossRef.

Staff at Upcoming Conferences and Exhibits

Important Billing Information!

We have many members that currently have their CrossRef access disabled due to non-payment of invoices. Please contact us if you need copies of invoices.

We email invoices to the billing contact, as well as a series of automated reminders and dunning notices. If the billing contact at your organization has changed, please notify us as soon as possible.

We are also emailing monthly statements so members can see everything that is due, current and past due. For more information please contact billing@crossref.org.

Please Note:  Due to a substantial increase in bank processing fees of foreign checks, please add $50 to your payment if you are making payment in USD with a check that will be clearing against a foreign bank.

CrossRef Statistics Dashboard

The CrossRef Board of Directors tracks the set of statistics in the table above since they are key metrics of success for the CrossRef System. The number of queries (references sent to CrossRef to find the DOI to create permanent links to the content) for second quarter of 2014 were at 416 million and went down by 12% from the same period last year. The number of backfiles has decreased by 39% to 950 thousand from 1.5 million (in the same period of 2013). Total deposits have seen an overall increase in this time period with book titles growing at 38% as compared to same time last year rate. Membership is still growing steadily and DOI resolutions are growing and are up by 27% from the same time last year.

Income Statement/Financial Results

Income Statement Q32013

The table above shows the 2nd quarter of 2014 financials. CrossRef was above budget on revenue and under budget on expenses leading to a healthy Net Income.