TL;DR We missed an error that led to resource resolution URLs of some 500,000+ records to be incorrectly updated. We have reverted the incorrect resolution URLs affected by this problem. And, we’re putting in place checks and changes in our processes to ensure this does not happen again.
How we got here Our technical support team was contacted in late June by Wiley about updating resolution URLs for their content. It’s a common request of our technical support team, one meant to make the URL update process more efficient, but this was a particularly large request.
Crossref Conversations is an audio blog we’re trying out that will cover various topics important to our community. This conversation is between colleagues Anna Tolwinska and Rosa Morais Clark, discussing how we can make research happen faster, with fewer hurdles, and how Crossref can help. Our members have been asking us how Crossref can support open science, and we have a few insights to share. So we invite you to have a listen.
We’ve just added to our input schema the ability to include affiliation information using ROR identifiers. Members who register content using XML can now include ROR IDs, and we’ll add the capability to our manual content registration form, participation reports, and metadata retrieval APIs in the near future. And we are inviting members to a Crossref/ROR webinar on 29th September at 3pm UTC.
The background We’ve been working on the Research Organization Registry (ROR) as a community initiative for the last few years.
We’re excited (and a little nervous) to launch a new research project designed to assess the effects of metadata on research communications. We’re expecting this effort to be a significant contribution to the existing research on the topic and we’re really looking forward to getting started. We’re also a little nervous because of course we don’t know what the conclusions will be (after all, if we did, we wouldn’t be starting this project).
role is the role corresponding to the prefix or title being retrieved;
password is your user credential password
doi can be a full DOI or a prefix
On both versions of the query, date range is optional. Dates in the query refer to when the citation match was made (usually shortly after the DOI of the citing article was registered), not the publication date of the articles being queried for: all citations found in the given period will be returned, regardless of when the cited articles were originally deposited. Queries can also be made for a single day, in which case use the following format:
Output is XML formatted according to Crossref’s query schema.
If the query times out, we recommend using a smaller query, for example by using a narrower date range or splitting prefixes into individual DOIs. This is unlikely to affect most users, however if you frequently experience very large queries please contact us.
metadataPrefix=cr_citedby indicates that the results should include Cited-by matches rather than item metadata.
A date range is optional. Dates used refer to when the citing articles were last updated, not the publication date of the articles being queried for. All citations found in the given period will be returned, regardless of when the cited articles were originally deposited.
By default, citations from posted content (including preprints) are not included. To retrieve them as well, add &include_postedcontent=true to the query URL.
Output is XML formatted according to our query schema and contains a list of the DOIs that cited the specified article or prefix.
Some OAI-PMH requests are too big to be retrieved in a single transaction. If a given response contains a resumption token, the user must make an additional request to retrieve the rest of the data. Learn more about resumption tokens, and OAI-PMH requests.
OAI-PMH queries return only the DOI of each citation. You can use our REST API or XML API to retrieve the full bibliographic data for each citation.
Retrieve citation matches using an XML query
Citations can also be retrieved through an XML query. The query contains only the DOI of the cited article stored in the fl_query element. For best results, each XML file should contain a single DOI.
Setting the alert attribute to “true” instructs the system to remember this query and to send new Cited-by link results to the specified email address when they occur. Note that an email address cannot be unset from receiving notifications, so only use this option for email addresses that will continue to receive notifications on a long-term basis.
Once you have Cited-by enabled, you can find citations to single DOIs using our admin tool. Log in using your Crossref account credentials, click on the Queries tab, then Cited By Links. This returns a list of DOIs:
You can receive citation notifications by email or an endpoint notification. In both cases the text of the message is the same: it contains the same output as an XML query, containing details of the citing and cited works.
To select an email address for Cited-by notifications, see the XML query section.
Troubleshooting Cited-by queries
Sometimes citations don’t show up in Cited-by when you would expect them. There could be several reasons for this:
The references haven’t been included in the metadata. We don’t use article PDFs or crawl websites to retrieve references, we rely on them being deposited as metadata by our members. You can use our APIs to check whether references are present.
The DOI of the cited work wasn’t included in the reference and there was either an error in the metadata or insufficient information for us to make a reliable match. In this case, check the metadata for any errors and contact the owner of the citing work to redeposit the references.
If the citing article was registered very recently it can take time to update the cited article’s metadata. If this happens, wait for a few days before trying again.
Note that citations are only retrieved from works with a Crossref DOI and will differ from citation counts provided by other services. Not all scholarly publications are registered with us and not all publishers opt to deposit references, so we can’t claim that citation counts are comprehensive.
If you can’t access citation matches for a journal you own: