publisher fees

IMPORTANT: All CrossRef Fees will remain the same in 2015.

2014 CrossRef Annual Fees

Total Publishing Revenue

Annual Fee
<$1 million $275
$1 million - $5 million
$550
$5 million - $10 million $1,650
$10 million - $25 million $3,900
$25 million - $50 million $8,300
$50 million - $100 million $14,000
$100 million - $200 million $22,000
$200 million - $500 million $33,000
> $500 million $50,000

NOTE: Please see the "Background" section for more information on annual fees.

2014 CrossRef Deposit Fees

CrossRef enables DOI assignment for the following content items:

  • Journals/working papers: journal title, volume, issue and article
  • Books: book series, title, chapter/section/entry
  • Conference proceedings: multi-volume title, title, paper
  • Components: sub-items of journal articles, book chapters/entries and conference papers including
    figures, tables, graphs and supplemental data
  • Databases
  • Dissertations
  • Standards
  • Data Sets and Data Elements

Content Type

Deposit Fees Per DOI
All Current records (2012-2014) unless specified below. Book titles. Journals/working papers: volume, issue and article. Conference proceedings, conference papers, databases, standards, technical reports, theses and dissertations. $ 1.00
Backfile (all content types)
$ 0.15
Components, Data Sets and Data Elements (current and backfile) $ 0.06
Book Chapters (exclusive of conference proceedings)
Chapters/entries in books with up to 250 chapters (each). $ 0.25
Chapters/entries in books with more than 250 chapters (each).* $ 0.15
Journal Titles free

IMPORTANT: *The volume discount rate will only apply to chapters or reference entries deposited in the same quarter.

2014 CrossCheck Fees

CrossCheck Per-Document Checking Fees



Number of Documents per Year Price per Document* Total Cost Up To
1 - 2,000 $0.75 $3,750
2,001 - 25,000 $0.65 $16,250
25,001 - 50,000 $0.55 $27,500
50,001 - 100,000 $0.45 $45,000
100,001 - 200,000 $0.35 $70,000
> 200,001 $0.25

* up to a maximum of 50 pages per document 

CrossCheck Annual Fees

Publishers Total Annual Revenue  CrossRef Annual Fee CrossCheck Annual Admin Fee* Total Annual Fee*
<$1 million $275 $55 $330
$1 million - $5 million $550 $110 $660
$5 million - $10 million $1,650 $330 $1,980
$10 million - $25 million $3,900 $780 $4,680
$25 million - $50 million $8,300 $1,660 $9,960
$50 million - $100 million $14,000 $2,800 $16,800
$100 million - $200 million $22,000 $4,400 $26,400
$200 million - $500 million $33,000 $6,600 $39,600
> $500 million $50,000 $10,000 $60,000

2014 CrossMark Deposit Fees

CrossMark deposit Fees
Per current item (2012-2014) $0.20
Per backfile item $0.02

IMPORTANT: There is no annual fee for CrossMark, however you need to be a CrossRef publisher member.

2014 CMS Basic Affiliate Fees (formerly Local Hosting)


Customer Revenue  Revenue < $1 million Revenue $1-10 million Revenue > $10 million
Member Basic License
(existing Local Host)
$1,000
$5,000
$15,000

DOI Conflict Penalty Fee

DOI Conflict Penalty Fee: $2.00 per conflict, to be charged at CrossRef's discretion. It is our policy that only one DOI be created for a given work. However, it is very difficult to prevent the assignment of multiple DOIs to the same work owing to the reliability and consistency of the metadata provided in a deposit and to accepted publisher practices. For further information please refer to the following document (http://www.crossref.org/02publishers/DOIConflicts.pdf).

A conflict exists when two or more DOIs have been assigned to the same logical work as represented by identical metadata or when subtle metadata differences may exist (e.g. a slight variation in the publication title or style differences in the item title).

Background on Fees

CrossRef is a service run by Publishers International Linking Association, Inc. (PILA), an independent membership
organization comprised of publishers of original scholarly material. Fees are subject to change without notice. There is no charge to end-user (or publisher) for following a DOI link.

*Notes on definition of "Total Publishing Revenue":

  • Total publishing revenue includes all publishing revenue from all the divisions of an organization (primary and secondary)
    for all types of activities (advertising, books, journals, databases, article charges, etc). For membership organizations,
    member dues allocated to subscriptions will be included in total publishing revenue.
  • For organizations that publish scholarly information as an ancillary activity, such as government organizations, the higher
    of either (1) total expenses for publishing operations or (2) gross publishing revenue should be used in determining the
    appropriate membership fee.
  • The member is considered to be the largest legal entity rather than a division.
  • Membership fee billing will be done on a calendar year basis.
  • Members will self-categorize.

General Policies

  • Publishers must deposit metadata from all their online journals in the CrossRef system.
  • Before retrieving DOIs for references in articles, Members must deposit the article metadata in the CrossRef system.
    In other words, in order to link from an article, the metadata for that article must be deposited in the CrossRef system
    so that others can link to the article.
  • It is an obligation of CrossRef membership to link references in scholarly journals using DOIs.
  • Organizations with both primary and secondary divisions only need to pay one annual fee based on total publishing revenue.
  • Secondary divisions affiliated with primary-division publishers will not be allowed to retrieve DOIs unless the
    primary-division publisher deposits metadata for its journals.
  • Members and non-members may "cache" retrieved DOIs (i.e. store them in their local systems).
  • Members may appoint Agents to act on their behalf with CrossRef (registering metadata, looking up DOIs).
    An Agent can represent any number of members.

Note: CrossRef reserves the right to amend these fees in future.

Updated October 2, 2014

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