I hope those in the northern hemisphere are enjoying the summer - unfortunately we haven't seen much summer weather in Oxford recently. As we approach our 10th Annual Meeting in November (see below for details) it's impressive to look at the list of participating publishers and societies (over 2,800) and CrossRef DOI Resolutions (more than 167 million so far this year).
We've come a long way in ten years, but there is still a lot to do. We are making significant investments
The first ten years of CrossRef have been very exciting, and I expect that the next ten years to continue
There are updates below on CrossRef finances and statistics and the ContributorID, CrossCheck and CrossMark projects. Please remember that you can check out the two blogs to keep up-to-date with CrossRef activities – the CrossRef Blog and the CrossTech Blog.
CrossRef Cited-by Links Help Researchers Discover Relevant Content
A growing number of CrossRef members (160) participate in Cited-by Linking. These members deposit metadata for their references and display links to articles that cite their own content. And they pay no additional fees.
A useful example displays the complete citation information for citing articles adjacent to the article header. See this article from JCI: Journal of Clinical Investigation, published by The American Society for Clinical Investigation at http://dx.doi.org/10.1172/JCI27280.
An example from The European Journal of Human Genetics from Nature Publishing Group shows a link to Cited-by articles on the right of the article header. This article,
An extensive set of CrossRef Cited-by links appear in this article from Wiley’s journal Aging Cell. Click on “Citation Tracking” above the abstract of the article - http://dx.doi.org/10.1046/j.1474-9728.2003.00057.x - to see them.
Distinguished guest speakers Onora O'Neill and T. Scott Plutchak will explore themes of trust, communication and plagiarism in academia and academic publishing at CrossRef's 10th Annual Meeting on November 10, 2009 in Cambridge, MA. Also join us on November 9 at Boston's Museum of Science for a dinner to celebrate ten years of publisher collaboration. Get the details and register now.
Plans for a rewrite of the CrossRef system call first for developing a new query system and then rewriting the deposit system. A draft specification developed by Atypon is under review, with development slated to begin in September. Our deployment target is late first quarter 2010.
CrossRef will have a co-development role in the project. We will have full access to all source code, which will give us a better understanding of the operational details and an improved ability to respond directly to issues.
Backward compatibility will be available to a high degree. In some cases though, in order to achieve the benefits of the new system we will not be longer be able to support legacy practices. In particular, we will discontinue support for all older deposit schema versions. We have advised the Technical Working Group (TWG) that as of October 1, 2009 the only deposit schema we will accept will be the current version. Check the CrossRef Help System for more information about our deposit schemas.
CrossMark and Contributor ID priorities were reaffirmed by the CrossRef Board at its recent strategic meeting. We will also pursue the strategic development of our DOI-based linking platform through these initiatives:
CrossCheck members checked several thousand documents for originality in both May and June using the plagiarism screening system powered by iThenticate. Participants may now use integrated access to CrossCheck from these manuscript tracking systems: eJournalPress, BenchPress and Editorial Manager (PDF). Scholar One Manuscripts has also announced their intention to integrate the feature.
Books continue to be the fastest growing content type at CrossRef. To encourage more publishers to deposit book metadata and link to books from within their references, CrossRef has finalized and publicized its Best Practices guidelines.
This year's International DOI Foundation (IDF) Open Meeting will focus on continuity, guaranteeing access, and providing a supportable funding model. The meeting is on October 7, 2009 at the University of California, San Francisco. View the preliminary agenda and register on the IDF site. View the preliminary agenda and register on the IDF site.
CrossRef was founded after a meeting of publishers at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 1999. Celebrate our anniversary with us at a cocktail party in the Digital Market Place (in the passage between corridor G and K) on Wednesday, October 14 at 5:00 PM or 17:00 local time. Ed Pentz and Kirsty Meddings will be available for meetings at Stand 4.2-J435 during the fair. Please contact Susan Collins to set up an appointment.
Avoid Non-Linking Fees
Outbound reference linking, or linking from references to content from other CrossRef members, is one of the requirements of CrossRef membership. In September we will send invoices for the non-linking fee, which is 22 cents per deposited record, to any CrossRef publisher who has been a member for longer than 18 months and does not currently have outbound reference links. Find out more about the non-linking fee. If you any questions about the non-linking fee, please contact Anna Tolwinska, Assistant Marketing Manager.
Second quarter deposit invoices have been mailed. We accept checks, wire transfers and credit card payments (via phone). To help us credit your account quickly and accurately, if you are paying by wire, PLEASE reference the invoice number on your payment. We receive many wires with no reference, not even the publisher name. Sometimes the only info we have is the country of origin.
The 2009 full year financial forecast is slightly favorable against budget, based on strong membership growth and ongoing current deposits, coupled with above-budget backfile deposits in the first quarter.
Financial highlights from April through June 2009:
The cash balance at December 31, 2009 is forecast at $1,392,000.
Matching Rate Up 10 Points, Resolutions Up 36%
Queries increased 4% from 2008 to 2009, and the matching rate increased from 48% to 58%, leading to 89.7 million matches in January-June 2009.
Current deposits grew at a very healthy rate of 14%, more than offsetting the expected decline in backfiles, which was smaller than budgeted. Backfile deposits are projected to be lower for the rest of the year, since several large digitization projects have ended.
CrossRef DOI resolutions are up 36% from last year to 167 million through June 2009. The number of members increased 23%, and the number of members who meet their outbound linking requirements increased by 30% due to better procedures and communications.
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