CrossRef Member Update
Ed Pentz, Executive Director (email@example.com)
Welcome to the April Member Update. Things are moving ahead on a number of projects and new services. CrossRef Web Services and the Search Partner program are moving forward, as is Multiple Resolution. In addition, the Windows Live Academic Search beta went live (see below for details).
CrossRef held a Webinar in March on Forward Linking that was very successful and we will be holding a CrossRef Usergroup meeting at SSP in June.
CrossRef has been participating in the ISO ISSN revision and a revised draft standard is almost completed and will go out for vote in the next couple of months. I'll provide full details on this when the draft standard is released.
We've been very happy with results from the test Free Text Query service (http://www.crossref.org/freeTextQuery- username: cr_member password: ref-linking). A number of publishers have used this service and had very positive feedback. This service enables DOI lookup with references formatted in common bibliographic styles - i.e. you can cut and paste a reference list from a PDF file to lookup DOIs.
I'm very happy to announce the launch of the CrossRef Blog - http://www.crossref.org/crweblog/ - we will post news items about CrossRef to the list on a regular basis so check out the blog to keep up-to-date. (You can subscribe to the RSS feed - http://www.crossref.org/crweblog/index.xml).
A top priority for CrossRef continues to be metadata quality - please make sure your technical staff who deal with CrossRef review the Metadata Guidelines (http://www.crossref.org/02publishers/metadata_guidelines.html).
Finally, I just want to remind members that CrossRef is your organization and your input and participation is crucial to CrossRef's success. Going forward we hope that CrossRef can continue to provide valuable services for members and help publishers improve scholarly communications for end users.
CrossRef Usergroup Meeting, Tuesday, June 6th, 2:30-5:30pm, Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, VA. Come and get an update on everything that CrossRef is up to and get your questions answered. Registration will be available soon. The usergroup precedes the SSP Annual Meeting, which takes place June 7-9, 2006 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott, more information is available at http://www.sspnet.org/.
2006 Annual Meeting, Wednesday, 1 November 2006, Charles Hotel, Cambridge, MA, USA - Save the Date!
Reminder: CrossRef has issued two important documents outlining guidelines for DOI use. The first document (http://www.crossref.org/08downloads/CrossRef_Ref_Guide_1_0.pdf) outlines how to use DOIs in citations and the second (http://www.crossref.org/08downloads/ref_export_1_0.pdf) describes how CrossRef member publishers should use DOIs in their reference export/citation download services. We encourage all members to update their reference export services to follow these guidelines.
The two Multiple Resolution Pilots have been very successful. The Institute of Physics has deposited multiple resolution information for one issue of the New Journal of Physics. To see an example go to http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1367-2630/6/1/122 and click on "References". Go to references 52, 57 and 58 and you'll see the pop up Multiple Resolution box.
GeoScienceWorld is using CrossRef MR to point to different copies of an article hosted on different sites. Rather than have a pop up box, GSW is using an interim page to show the user the available options. For an example go to http://dx.doi.org/10.2136/vzj2004.0029. The interim page can be customized for each journal.
A number of publishers would like to use CrossRef MR in production mode so plans are now being put in place to upgrade MR so it is part of the regular CrossRef data deposit process. CrossRef will soon be releasing Multiple Resolution as a beta service - please contact Ed Pentz (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in participating in the beta.
A&Is and Secondary Products Using DOIs
CrossRef has compiled a list of the abstracting and indexing databases and other secondary services that use CrossRef DOIs - the list is available at http://www.crossref.org/04intermediaries/ai_databases.html.
CrossRef Web Services (CWS) and the Search Partner Program were announced in December 2005 (http://www.crossref.org/01company/pr/press113005.htm) and work has been underway on developing the details of the service. At a Special Board Meeting on April 11th, the board approved the main criteria for organizations to qualify as CrossRef Search Partners (see below) and introductory pricing.
The process going forward will be as follows:
Authorized Search Partner Criteria and Key Terms for Agreement - an agreement based on these terms and conditions will be sent to all interested partners who wish to use CWS to enhance their own search services. This is likely to be the GYM services (Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft) as well as more specialized services like Scirus and Infotrieve. The key premises in this document would be reused in forthcoming agreements for libraries and others.
Authorized Search Partner Criteria and Key Terms for Agreement
March 29, 2006 version
Microsoft Live Academic Search
Last week Microsoft issued a press release announcing the launch of Microsoft Live Academic Search http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2006/apr06/04-11WLAcademicSearchPR.mspx - the new service is available at http://academic.live.com/. Ten CrossRef member publishers are participating in the beta service and CrossRef is providing metadata and DOIs from these ten publishers (however, Microsoft is indexing the full text directly with the publishers). In addition, CrossRef coordinated setting the standard terms and conditions for publisher participation.
The long term goal is to open participation in the service to all CrossRef member publishers on standard terms and conditions. In the short term, Microsoft will be adding publishers and content in stages based on subject areas. If you are interested in having your content included please email Amy Brand (email@example.com). The expectation is that Microsoft will beome a Search Partner.
Suggested terms for publisher agreements with search partners. As a service to its members, CrossRef has posted at http://www.crossref.org/06members/search_terms.html a document that includes suggested language and terms for publishers entering into agreements with search partners who wish to crawl their full text. This document is based on input from several member publishers working together as a group with CrossRef staff and CrossRef's attorney, and is posted at the direction of the CrossRef Board. The hope is that the more publishers who demand these terms from search partners, the more likely the publishing community is to have their interests reflected in their agreements with search providers. CrossRef Web Services only covers metadata delivered from CrossRef so it is still necessary for member publishers to have agreements with search engine covering access to and use of full text.
Participating Publishers: 1,632 (http://www.crossref.org/01company/06publishers.html)
The overall CrossRef statistics show very positive trends except in the case of backfile deposits and the total number of queries. Backfile deposits were expected to fall off since a number of large publishers completed backfile digitizaions in 2005. On the positive side there is a steady increase in the number of current deposits (content published 2004-2006). The overall matching rate increased 63% from 2005 to 2006 and the total number of matches (DOIs returned for linking) was up 52% and this also lead to a substantial increase in the number of DOI resolutions (users clicking on DOIs). Finally, the number of journal titles, conference proceedings titles and particularly book titles all increased from 2005 to 2006.
Deposit and query stats are regularly updated at http://www.crossref.org/06members/53status.html.
During the past two months alone, we have welcomed the following organizations as new CrossRef members: Oceanside Publications Inc., International Food Policy Research Institute, and University of Zagreb - University Computing Centre, World Advertising Research Center (WARC), National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), Indiana University Center for Genomics and Bioinformatics (CGB), DAAAM International, Pacific Northwest Fungi Project, The Commonwealth Fund (CMWF), TASH, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), University of Cadiz Library, Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy (JOSPT), American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
CrossRef staff member Anna Tolwinksa recently attended the Simmons College GSLIS Vendor Showcase at their Alumni and Professional Day to meet with current students and talk about what CrossRef does. Some students have elected to write papers on CrossRef as part of their class assignments and have been following up with questions.
CrossRef received over 3,000 (!) responses to its end-user survey on linking and will be circulating a summary of results to the membership shortly. Sneak preview: 36.7% of respondents admitted they know what a DOI is...
Conflict Reports can now be requested via email. Go to http://www.crossref.org/titleList/ for the links to request reports by title.
The Missing Metadata Report has been updated and includes the ability to exclude certain data from the missing metadata check to accommodate the fact that some types of content does not always have a complete set of metadata. Reports can be accessed via the depositor report at http://www.crossref.org/06members/51depositor.html (follow the little green arrows), just click on the publication titles.
The Title Lock Down has now been completed. This means that only one publisher can deposit DOIs for a particular journal title. If a publisher acquires a journal an ownership transfer must be done before the acquiring publisher can deposit DOIs. If there is a reason that two publishers need to deposit or update DOIs for a journal title (one publisher handling current material and one publisher handling backfile material) then the title lock down can be removed.
The April DOI News - http://www.doi.org/news/DOINewsApr06.html - highlights a number of important developments. In collaboration with the Oxford Internet Institute and the e-Horizons Institute the IDF will hold a half day seminar on "Digital objects and the management of information", with a range of international speakers, on June 20, 2006 in Oxford. In addition there is a link to a D-Lib article by Norman Paskin on ISO interoperability initiatives and the MPEG RDD.
The April NISO Newsline - http://www.niso.org/news/newsline/NISONewsline-Apr2006.html - provides information on a range of NISO activities. There is a report from the Identifiers Roundtable in March that CrossRef's Chuck Koscher participated in.