We offer a wide array of services to ensure that scholarly research metadata is registered, linked, and distributed. When members register their content with us, we collect both bibliographic and non-bibliographic metadata. We process it so that connections can be made between publications, people, organizations, and other associated outputs. We preserve the metadata we receive for the scholarly record. We also make it available across a range of interfaces and formats so that the community can use it and build tools with it.
Rich metadata leads to greater discoverability
The more complete the metadata registered, the more accurate the view of the scholarly record and the more discoverable the content is to the scholarly community.
Through our Content Registration service, members register and maintain metadata for their content. We are interested in the full range of metadata for each publication, including information on:
Unique identifiers for authors, organizations, and associated scholarly outputs enhance precision and quality Publishers can deposit accurate funder acknowledgment metadata when they apply the unique funder identifier in Crossref’s Funder Registry service, a regularly updated, industry-standard taxonomy of grant-giving organizations.
Linking improves the scholarly enterprise
The complete set of scholarly links spans time, geography, and disciplinary boundaries.
We connect all the metadata elements we can accurately identify, from all phases of publication, across content records in our vast corpus. We link literature to people, literature to resources and associated research artifacts, and soon, literature to the activity surrounding the publication. Amongst the vast web of links, we connect research output content to external tools such as Turnitin’s iThenticate in the Similarity Check service, assisting members in plagiarism detection. With the references deposited by members, Crossref offers a Cited-by service so that participating members can discover all the publications that have cited their content. The upcoming Event Data service will offer links between literature and various platforms where it is shared, discussed, mentioned, referenced, reviewed, and considered.
Metadata is meant to be used
Crossref delivers metadata to systems throughout scholarly communications making content easy to find, cite, link, and assess.
Our Metadata Delivery service supports a diverse range of systems by offering a wide range of formats and interfaces. We do this because the range of organizations who use it – from publishers to libraries, to funders to startups–and how they use it, are diverse. Using metadata facilitates content discoverability–if it’s rich metadata, all the better. Crossmark is a powerful example: Metadata is displayed on publication landing pages through the a widget that gives readers quick and easy access to the current status of a piece of content. With one click, readers can see if content has been updated, corrected or retracted and access additional metadata provided by the member.
Content registration - depositing metadata - is at the core of our infrastructure. Sending us metadata about your publications returns persistent links for better content discoverability and preservation. Watch the video below to find out more: Benefits Publishers of this research join Crossref to let the world know the content exists. They send information about that content–called metadata–to us. The metadata includes basic fields like titles and dates, but also unique labels that identify the content’s authors, affiliations, funders, and its location on the web.
Because Crossref is all about rallying the scholarly community to work together, reference linking is an obligation for all Crossref members and for all current journal content. It is encouraged for other content types as well, such as books and conference proceedings. Watch the video below to find out more: Benefits Persistent links enhance scholarly communications. Reference linking offers important benefits: Reciprocity: Publishers’ content is linked together and more discoverable because all members link their references.
Cited-by lets members show authors and readers what other Crossref content is citing their content. It’s a little like reference linking in reverse and lets your readers navigate from your content to the content that is citing it. Cited-by gives readers of your content the chance to navigate from the article they are on to the content that’s citing it. Watch the video below to find out more:
Crossmark gives readers quick and easy access to the current status of a piece of content. With one click, you can see if content has been updated, corrected or retracted and access valuable additional metadata provided by the publisher. Benefits Publishers can reassure readers that they’re keeping their content up-to-date and showcase additional metadata. Researchers and librarians can easily see the changes to the content they are reading, find out who funded the research, what licenses apply to the content and more.
The collective power of members’ metadata is available for use in a variety of tools and APIs that allow anybody to search and reuse our metadata in sophisticated ways. Watch the video below to find out more about our Metadata APIs: Benefits Lots of people need to incorporate scholarly metadata into their software and services. For example: Manuscript tracking systems Hosting platforms Bibliographic management software Library systems Author profiling tools Specialist subject databases Scholarly sharing networks Metrics and analytics services Collaborative authoring and reading tools Annotation tools Recommendation engines The resulting dissemination of metadata enhances content discoverability.
For editorial originality, Similarity Check helps editors compare the text of submitted papers for similarity. Similarity Check is a service for editors who want an extra check. The service helps our members to actively engage in efforts to prevent scholarly and professional plagiarism by providing their editorial teams with access to Turnitin’s powerful text comparison tool, iThenticate. Watch the video below to find out more: With editors under increased pressure to assess higher volumes of manuscript submissions each year, the iThenticate tool provides immediate feedback regarding a manuscript’s similarity to other published academic and general web content.
A veritable who’s who of funders worldwide, the Crossref Funder Registry is a unique taxonomy of grant-giving organizations. A freely-downloadable file, this registry lists funders and their unique identifiers. It is CC-0 and available to integrate with your own systems. The registry is donated by Elsevier and updated approximately monthly with new funders. Existing entries are also reviewed to make sure that they are accurate and up to date. If you spot anything that doesn’t look right please get in touch and let us know.
Open for your interpretation Now available in Beta Want to discover how research is being shared, liked and commented on in social media? What about which articles are referenced on Wikipedia, mentioned on Reddit or have post-publication annotations in Hypothes.is? Crossref Event Data allows anyone to discover this and more, all from the one centralized location. A collaborative initiative by Crossref and DataCite, Event Data meets a growing community need by offering transparency around the way interactions with scholarly research occur online, outside of publisher platforms