TL;DR: We have a Community Forum (yay!), you can come and join it here: community.crossref.org.
Community is fundamental to us at Crossref, we wouldn’t be where we are or achieve the great things we do without the involvement of you, our diverse and engaged members and users. Crossref was founded as a collaboration of publishers with the shared goal of making links between research outputs easier, building a foundational infrastructure making research easier to find, cite, link, assess, and re-use.
Event Data uncovers links between Crossref-registered DOIs and diverse places where they are mentioned across the internet. Whereas a citation links one research article to another, events are a way to create links to locations such as news articles, data sets, Wikipedia entries, and social media mentions. We’ve collected events for several years and make them openly available via an API for anyone to access, as well as creating open logs of how we found each event.
2020 wasn’t all bad. In April of last year, we released our first public data file. Though Crossref metadata is always openly available––and our board recently cemented this by voting to adopt the Principles of Open Scholarly Infrastructure (POSI)––we’ve decided to release an updated file. This will provide a more efficient way to get such a large volume of records. The file (JSON records, 102.6GB) is now available, with thanks once again to Academic Torrents.
Our colleague and friend, Kirsty Meddings, passed away peacefully on 10th December at home with her family, after a sudden and aggressive cancer. She was a huge part of Crossref, our culture, and our lives for the last twelve years.
Kirsty Meddings is a name that almost everyone in scholarly publishing knows; she was part of a generation of Oxford women in publishing technology who have progressed through the industry, adapted to its changes, spotted new opportunities, and supported each other throughout.
Make sure you’re in the right place. This application form is for those of you who wish to join Crossref independently as a member, in order to register content and DOIs and deposit metadata relating to that content.
(If you wish to join Crossref through a Sponsoring Organization instead, you’ll need to fill out a different form provided by your sponsor - please request the link from your sponsor. And if you don’t want to register content but instead are interested in retrieving and making use of the metadata that’s been registered with Crossref, then you don’t need to become a member. Please visit our metadata retrieval page for more information.)
Make sure you have all the information you need before you start. We’re going to ask you lots of important questions so we can get you set up as quickly as possible. It will save a lot of time if you can put the right information into the form now rather than having to change it later:
Your mailing address and your billing address - some of you will have a different address for invoices, and it’s important that we collect the right address now. The billing address you provide in this application form is what will appear on the invoice we send you for your first year of membership as part of this application process. Before you apply, check what this should be, and also whether your finance team need other details quoted on the invoice (for example, your tax number).
The publishing revenue of your organization - we don’t need to know exact amounts, but we use this information to decide which tier of our annual membership fee you need to pay. We only need to know about the revenue for the part of your organization that deals with publishing. if you don’t have publishing revenue, we look at publishing expenditure. Our annual membership tiers start at USD 275.00 for organizations with revenue under USD 1 million per year and go up to to USD 50,000.00 for organizations with revenue over USD 500 million.
Contact details for three separate people at your organization - we ask you to provide contact details (name and email address) for a range of different contact types at your organization. Make sure you have at least three separate contacts ready to cover these five roles:
Primary contact - will receive product and service updates plus regular Resolution Reports for the DOIs that you register with us explaining how often your DOIs are clicked, and if any of them fail.
Voting contact - will vote in our board elections.
Technical contact - will receive technical updates including DOI Error Reports and Conflict Reports, showing where you have two or more DOIs registered with the same metadata.
Metadata contact - will be responsible for fixing any metadata errors that we or our users uncover with your content.
Billing contact - will receive and pay our fees (annual membership and ongoing deposit fees).
If you are a very small organization and don’t have at least three different names and email addresses to cover these five roles, please contact our membership team to discuss the best options.
How you plan to register your content with us - it’s useful to know how you plan to register your content with us before you join. You can find out more here.