The Membership & Fees Committee (M&F committee) was established in 2001 and plays an important role in our governance. Made up of 10-12 organizations of both board members and regular members, the group makes recommendations to the board about fees and policies for all of our services.
They regularly review existing fees to discuss if any changes are needed. They also review new services while they are being developed, to assess if fees should be charged and if so, what those fees should be. For example, the committee recently made recommendations to the board about the fees for a new service called Event Data that we’ll launch soon, and the deposit fees for preprints – our newest content type.
In 2017 the committee is advising on:
In addition, the board can also ask the committee to address specific issues about policies and services. Increasingly, the committee works with the outreach team to include research and survey insights.
Crossref facilitators: Susan Collins and Ed Pentz
The M&F Committee meets via one-hour conference calls about six times a year, although this can vary depending on what issues the committee is considering. Often proposals are developed by staff and then reviewed and discussed by the committee – so there is reading to do in preparation for the calls.
This is very important work and it’s essential the committee is broadly representative of Crossref’s diverse membership of 7000+ publishers across 112 countries. Appointments are for one year and participants can sometimes serve multiple terms.
Please contact the member outreach team with any questions.