CrossRef Member Update
Ed Pentz, Executive Director (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Publishers: 628 (http://www.crossref.org/01company/06publishers.html)
CrossRef has continued its growth across all areas. Journals, deposits, queries and matches are all up significantly from last year. In particular, the number of queries and matches has increased dramatically. With the elimination of the DOI retrieval at the beginning of this year, increases in query activity were expected. The increases mean that there are more reference links, and links from secondary databases and libraries, than ever!
CrossRef has also made a change to the way it reports on the number of CrossRef members and participating publishers and societies. There are now two lists - the number of official members and the number of participating publishers and societies, which includes organizations with content in CrossRef via publishing arrangements with CrossRef members (e.g. societies working with Project Muse or a commercial publisher).
*June resolutions jumped to over 14 million. The resolution logs are being reprocessed to exclude search engine crawlers - we believe that the Google crawler has accounted for most of the jump but we will know more in the next week.
Financial Summary: CrossRef had a strong 2nd quarter with deposits remaining high. Revenue was 5% below budget due to the shortfall in the Annual Membership fees outlined in the last Member Update. Expenses were 4% over budget largely due to higher legal expenses for preparation of the application for tax exempt status for CrossRef. CrossRef's cash position remains strong.
now publishers (http://www.nowpublishers.com/) have gone online with a new publication using DOIs - one of the DOIs is doi:10.1561/0100000001 (http://dx.doi.org/10.1561/0100000001).
Book deposits have been increasing - a report on the book deposits is at http://www.crossref.org/06members/51depositorB.html. Elsevier has started to deposit books and series. An example is from Advances in Accounting - doi:10.1016/S0882-6110(03)20010-9 (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0882-6110(03)20010-9).
John Wiley and Sons is also registering book chapter DOIs. An example is from Textbook of Clinical Trials - doi:10.1002/0470020245.ch10 (http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/0470020245.ch10)
CrossRef UK Office - I relocated to Oxford and started officially in the UK on July 1st. My new contact details are:
Tel: +44-1865-292 052
2nd Quarter Invoices - The invoices for the 2nd quarter were sent out last week. Please pay as promptly as possible. Summary information on deposits can be found at http://www.crossref.org/06members/58quarterly_deposit.html (this is a large page and will take time to load. You will also need to use the member area username: cr_member and password: ref-linking).
Annual Member Meeting - The Annual Meeting is November 9th in Cambridge, MA at the Charles Hotel - save the date!
16 more publishers are now participating in the CrossRef Search Pilot bringing the total to 25 - a news item is available at http://www.crossref.org/01company/09press_releases.html and general information, including the participating publishers, on the Pilot is at http://www.crossref.org/crossrefsearch.html. A web survey form to gather feedback from users will be up online next week and plans to do a more formal evaluation of the Pilot are being developed.
Information on how to participate is at http://www.crossref.org/06members/crossrefsearch_pilot.html. Some important points:
Website - Be sure to visit the CrossRef website regularly for up-to-date information on new members (http://www.crossref.org/01company/new_members.html) and adoption statistics(http://www.crossref.org/01company/crossref_indicators.html).
A new Flash demo of CrossRef in action (focused on end users) is now available at the CrossRef website: http://www.crossref.org/09demo/index.html.
New Members - CrossRef now provides two lists of active organizations: official members, versus all participating publishers and societies, including those whose content is registered in CrossRef by virtue of co-publication with a CrossRef member. By this count, CrossRef now includes 627 participating publishers and societies. Among the newest members to sign on is the Modern Language Association, which will use CrossRef both for adding persistent links to full-text to records in the MLA International Bibliography, and for linking in its journal PMLA.
Articles - Recent industry articles about CrossRef include:
CrossRef and the Research Experience. Learned Publishing, Volume 17, Number 3, July 2004, Pages 225 -- 230. doi:10.1087/095315104323159658
Publishers joining forces through crossref. Serials Review, Volume 30, Issue 1, Spring 2004, Pages 3-9. doi:10.1016/j.serrev.2003.11.001
CrossRef: Citation Linking Gets a Backbone. EContent, June 2004 Issue, Posted Jun 16, 2004.
Links to publications are available at http://www.crossref.org/01company/13publications.html.
Presentations - CrossRef staff have made presentations at the following conferences so far in 2004:
In early May CrossRef held a successful XML Webinar (online seminar). The presentation from this is available at http://www.crossref.org/08downloads/XML%20WebInar%20May%202004.zip - download the open the Zip file to view the presentation in PowerPoint.
Forward Linking - Forward Linking is now fully live and operational. Information and a link to the sign up page is available at - http://www.crossref.org/02publishers/forward_linking_howto.html.
Open Channel Interface (OCI) - As a better performing alternative to the HTTP interface for queries there is now the Open Channel Interface (OCI). The OCI is based on the technology from the Real Time or Premium query interface without the service level guarantees or dedicated hardware. The OCI provides about a 10X improvement over the HTTP interface. It operates using a communications 'stream' that remains constantly open. Accounts must be enabled in order to use the OCI and we encourage users who execute a steady flow of small queries to consider using OCI. We also would like users who irregularly submit large numbers of queries to migrate to the batch upload query service. For complete technical details on using the OCI please refer to http://doi.crossref.org/doc/RTQueries.html.
Multiple Resolution - Our multiple resolution demo/pilot is continuing with several technology pieces now in place with only one major piece remaining. Once ready this pilot will allow publishers to upload XML that describes their multiple resolution targets and to then place MR links on Web pages referring to these DOIs. Such links will then display a selection menu to end users. CrossRef, for now, will operate the necessary software to enable MR but will in the long range make this available to any member to host on their own. Please watch http://www.crossref.org/mr/index.html for further developments.
Conflict Reports - when two DOIs with matching metadata are deposited a conflict arises. Deposit conflict report processing has now been automated with all reports available at http://www.crossref.org/06members/59conflict.html. A regular process will now send out email notifications to technical contacts alerting them of a change in status of their conflicts. Please refer to http://www.crossref.org/02publishers/how_to_faq.html#Anchor-Dealin-60673 for more information on the cause of conflicts and how to deal with them.
The IDF annual meeting took place in London on June 22 and was the best attended meeting for the IDF so far. New RAs R.R. Bowker and Nielsen BookData and an RA candidate - the Office of Publications for the European Commission - made presentations to introduce themselves. Existing RAs presented updates on ongoing and new initiatives. CrossRef continues to be the largest RA in operation with most of the others still exploring possible business opportunities. The presentations are available at http://www.doi.org/doi_presentations/members_meeting_2004/agenda.html
There was also a Registration Agencies Working Group meeting that discussed criteria for RA performance and other operational matters. In addition, there was an RA Interoperability Workshop to review developments with Application Profiles which will allow DOIs registered one RA to be easily reused in services provided by other RAs.
The IDF has published some very useful factsheets - http://www.doi.org/factsheets.html. These are short overviews of important areas such as DOI and Handle and how DOI fits into wider Internet developments with URI/URN.
The June DOI News is at http://www.doi.org/news/DOINewsJune04.html.