CrossRef Member Update
Ed Pentz, Executive Director (
Welcome to the May Member Update. CrossRef has had a good start to 2007 and the first quarter statistics and financials are very strong - see below for more details. At its last meeting the CrossRef board approved repaying the final amount still owing on the original startup loans. This means that by the end of May CrossRef will have paid back all outstanding loans and interest which is a real milestone and a sign of our success.
Over the last couple of months CrossRef staff members have been busy on a number of fronts. As part of its disaster recovery plan CrossRef is setting up an alternative data center in Denver, CO in addition to the existing data center in Billerica, MA. The Denver data center will have a full backup copy of the CrossRef system and database. A new Guest Query page has been created enabling the lookup of DOIs using bibliographic information or just with author and title - http://www.crossref.org/guestquery/. Work has started on a project to consolidate reports for members so a complete view of CrossRef activity can be seen on one page - this will be completed later this year. See below for updates on many other developments.
At its April board meeting the board of directors approved the recommendation of the Membership and Fees Committee that there be no increases in deposit fees for 2008 - this will be the fourth year with no increases in deposit fees. The board also approved modest increases (approximately 10%) in the annual membership fee and the addition of a new top tier for publishers with revenue over $500 million (see details below).
CrossRef is a member of the UKSG Transfer Working Group which just released the Transfer Code of Conduct to make transfer of journals between publishers more efficient and predictable - and make sure that librarians have access to information on changes. Publishers are being asked to agree to the Code of Conduct with the intent of becoming Transfer Compliant in 2008 when audit procedures will have been developed. I would recommend that all CrossRef members take a careful look at the Code of Conduct and let me know if you have any issues or concerns. See http://www.projecttransfer.org/ for more information.
Jon Udell has a podcast series of "Interviews with Innovators" and interviewed CrossRef's Geoffrey Builder, Director of Strategic Initiatives on the topic of "Winning the Battle Against Linkrot" - http://www.itconversations.com/shows/detail1772.html - this is an excellent discussion about persistence, authority and scientific communications in a Web 2.0 world. As a bonus you'll learn what incunabula are.
I'm happy to announce that Patricia Feeney joined CrossRef in April as Metadata Quality Coordinator and will be helping publishers with deposits and working to improve the quality of CrossRef's metadata. Please join me in welcoming her to the CrossRef team.
Remember that you can keep up-to-date with the latest CrossRef news and information on the CrossRef Blog - http://www.crossref.org/crweblog/.
As always please feel free to contact me with any issues/concerns/problems at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save the Date! 2007 Annual Meeting, Thursday, 1 November 2007, London, UK at the Royal College of Surgeons, Lincoln Inn Fields. The topic for this year's meeting is trust and authority in the changing online publishing world and we've started to line up an interesting set of speakers.
CrossRef @ conferences CrossRef staff will be speaking at several upcoming meetings, including the Council of Science Editors http://www.councilscienceeditors.org (May 18-22, Austin, TX) and the SSP Annual Meeting http://www.sspnet.org/ (June 6-8, San Francisco, CA).
IDF Open meeting: The DOI System, the Internet, and Libraries, Tuesday, 21st June 2007, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), 1200 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC - this will be a very interesting short, free meeting on DOIs and libraries - to see the agenda and register at http://www.doi.org/doi_presentations/members_meeting_2007/meeting_reg_form.html
CrossRef recently did a count of DOIs by year and the results were illuminating. The following table shows the break down of journal article DOIs by century:
CrossRef has a detailed breakdown by year and it's interesting to note the trends. Of course the list isn't comprehensive - it depends on which publishers have registered DOIs for their backfiles but it shows that there is a lot of backfile content for linking to. As the backfiles get more comprehensive it is also an interesting record of trends in journal article production over the years and decades.
This week OSTI (Office of Scientific and Technical Information - http://www.osti.gov - US Dept of Energy) will complete registrations of OSTI's technical report holdings which is about 80,000 items.
Some examples of registered DOIs are:
Forward Linking - CrossRef held a very successful webinar on Forward Linking on April 30th and we have subsequently seen an increased uptake in the service. The presentation from the meeting is available - PowerPoint - http://www.crossref.org/10meetings/FL_Webinar_April_2007.ppt Get information on Forward Linking and sign up (at no cost!) here - http://www.crossref.org/02publishers/forward_linking_howto.html
Article & Title Search - CrossRef has added new search functionality to the Free DOI Lookup page. Now you can enter just article title and first author last name to try and match a DOI. This is useful if you don't have full bibliographic information for an article or want to locate the published version of a pre-print. This functionality is also available via the other query interfaces (OpenURL, XML batch, etc). http://www.crossref.org/guestquery/.
Participating Publishers: 2,360 (
All statistics are looking excellent. In particular the matching rate is at 42% meaning that more DOI numbers are being returned for linking. This is the highest matching rate ever in CrossRef's history and is due to the increased number of older articles available to link to and also to improved matching of author names by the CrossRef system. We also continue to see an increase in DOI resolutions (i.e. users clicking on DOIs) and we are 24% up on 2006.
Deposit and query stats are regularly updated at http://www.crossref.org/06members/53status.html.
Invoices - please make sure you are up-to-date with payment of all your CrossRef invoices. If payment becomes more than 90 days overdue your access to the CrossRef system may be suspended.
2007 First Quarter Financials
the 1st quarter of 2007 covering the months of
January, February and
March, led to the following financial highlights:
PILA staff prepared the Latest Estimate for the full year 2007, highlighted by:
A committee was formed at the last meeting to review the CrossRef Mission Statement. The group put forward a recommendation to change the mission statement and the following was agreed on 26 April 2007:
CrossRef is a not-for profit membership association whose mission is to enable easy identification and use of trustworthy electronic content by promoting the cooperative development and use of a sustainable infrastructure.
New InitiativesThe board approved further action on the following new initiatives:
2008 Fees - the board approved the recommendation that no increases will be made to deposit fees for 2008.
The approved changes to the annual fees for 2008 (the first changes in four years). The 2008 annual membership fees will be:
Fee rebates - The board approved the following:
CrossRef Search - the board approved keeping the prototype running as is since it doesn't take any resources. This will be reviewed at the next meeting.
New Members and Affiliates
March-May thus far:
CrossRef Academic Advisory Board
CrossRef is pleased to announce that it has formed a new Academic Advisory Board. CAAB will meet for the first time later this year and is charged with providing an open forum for discussion with the CrossRef staff and Board of Directors about the behavior of researchers, and their evolving publishing and communication needs.
The first 10 CAAB members are: