The Crossref Curriculum

Submission queue and log

If you register content with us using the web deposit form, XML upload via our admin tool, or XML deposit using HTTPS POST, your submission will be placed in our submission queue.

When your deposit has been processed, we’ll email you a submission log containing the final status of your submission. You should review these submission logs to make sure your content was registered or updated successfully.

If you register content with us using Metadata Manager or by sending the files to us directly using the Crossref XML plugin for OJS, your submission is processed immediately (it isn’t placed in our submission queue). We don’t send you a submission log to show the final status of your submission; instead, you’ll see a message within Metadata Manager or OJS itself. But a submission log is still generated, and you can log in to our admin tool to view the submission log for your deposit.

The submission queue

If you’ve registered some content with us using the web deposit form, XML upload via our admin tool, or XML deposit using HTTPS POST, and you don’t receive your submission log email immediately, it is likely that your deposit is waiting in the submission queue.

To see the submission queue, log in to the admin tool, and click Show My Submission Queue on the opening page (or click Submissions, then Show System Queue). At the top of the page, you will see all the submissions that are being actively processed at the moment. They are listed individually by submission ID number, along with file name, file type, percent completed, and timestamps.

The submissions that are queueing to be processed are displayed at the bottom of the page. They are grouped by depositor ID (admin tool username). Click + under Details (on the left, next to your depositor ID) to expand a list of your deposits waiting to be processed. You will also see the submission ID, filename, and position in the queue.

Submission queue in admin tool

It typically takes only a few minutes for a submission to be picked up for processing and then for the processing to be completed. Processing may take longer depending on overall system traffic, and submission size and complexity. If you’re concerned about your submission processing time, or are planning a large update and would like to coordinate with us about timing, please contact us.

Submission logs

Submission logs are delivered through these channels:

Submission log emails

We send you an XML-formatted log for files submitted through the web deposit form, through Simple Text Query, uploaded via our admin tool, or sent to us through HTTPS POST.

The log is sent to the email address you provided when using the web deposit form or Simple Text Query, or included in the <email_address> field in your deposit XML.

The email will have the subject line: Crossref Submission ID and it’s sent once your submission has made it through the queue. It includes your submission ID, tells you if your deposit has been successful, and provides the reason for any failure.

View submission logs for past deposits

If you didn’t receive a submission log email, you can use the admin tool to search for submission logs for past deposits:

  1. Log in to the admin tool with your Crossref username and password
  2. Click the Submissions tab, then the Administration sub-tab
  3. Click Search at the bottom of the screen, and you’ll see a list of all past deposits for your account, from newest to oldest.
  4. Click on the Submission ID number to the left of any deposit to access the Submission details, including the submission log for that deposit, or click on the file icon to view the file that was submitted.

After step 3 above, you can also narrow your search by entering parameters into any of the following fields on the Submissions administration sub-tab page:

  • Select a date range using the Last Day, Last Three Days, or Last Week buttons, or enter a custom date range to search for older deposits
  • If your account submits metadata deposits for multiple prefixes, you can use the Registrant field to narrow your search to just the deposits for a single prefix.
    • Click Find next to Registrant
    • In the pop-up window, enter the member name associated with the prefix and click Submit
    • Select the appropriate member name/prefix and the pop-up window will close. You’ll see a code for that prefix entered in the Registrant field
  • Select a deposit type from the Type drop-down menu to limit your search to just one type of deposit.
    • Metadata will limit results to full metadata deposits. This is the most common type.
    • DOI references will limit results to resource-only deposits, including references, Similarity Check full-text URLs, funding metadata, and license metadata
    • Conflict Undo will limit results to text files that were deposited to resolve conflicts
  • Check the Has Error box to only search for deposits with errors.
  • Check the Has Conflict box to only search for deposits with conflicts.

View the history of a DOI

Find the deposit history of an individual DOI using the admin tool, including all deposit files and submission logs.

To view a DOI history report:

  1. Log in to the admin tool using your Crossref username and password
  2. Click the Report tab
  3. Type or paste a DOI into the box
  4. Click Show to view its report.

The report lists every successful deposit or update of the DOI being searched. View the submission details (including log and submitted XML) by clicking on the submission number:

View the history of a DOI

Use HTTPS to retrieve logs

In addition to the submission report you receive by email, you can also retrieve the results of submission processing or the contents of a submission at any time through this URL:

https://0-doi-crossref-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/servlet/submissionDownload?usr=_username_&pwd=_password_&doi_batch_id=_doi batch id_&file_name=filename&type=_submission type_

where:

  • usr is the Crossref-supplied username
  • pwd is the Crossref-supplied password
  • doi_batch_id is the DOI batch ID you supplied in the XML deposit file (not recommended)
  • file_name is the name of the file that you submitted (recommended)
  • type is the type of data requested (this field is mandatory)
    • Use result to retrieve submission results (deposit log)
    • Use contents to retrieve the XML file

You can track a submission by its doi_batch_id or by its file_name, but file_name is recommended. To use this feature effectively, make sure each tracking ID (doi_batch_id or file_name) is unique as only the first match is returned.

The main difference between using doi_batch_id and file_name is that doi_batch_id is inserted into the database after the submission has been parsed. Using file_name is preferable because submissions in the queue or in process can be tracked before deposit. Non-parse-able submissions can also be tracked using this method.

Page owner: Laura J. Wilkinson   |   Last updated 2020-April-08