From the Executive Director
Welcome to the latest CrossRef newsletter. There are items below about CrossCheck, CrossMark and the CrossRef Annual Meeting in November in London. Two other very important updates that I'd like to inform you about are ORCID and DataCite.
CrossRef is very involved in the development of the ORCID initiative, which is the Open Researcher, and Contributor ID and will uniquely identify researchers in a central registry. A lot of work is being done to get an independent, not-for-profit organization started to take the project forward. Publishers, universities, researchers, research funders and many other organizations are involved and there is a lot of momentum behind ORCID so the prospects look good.
DataCite is the newest DOI Registration Agency and I just posted a report about the first DataCite Summer Meeting to the CrossRef blog.
The CrossRef Board of Directors is holding a two-day strategic meeting July 20-21st where they will be looking at how CrossRef is doing and discussing what the priorities should be going forward. Please let me know if you have any particular concerns or feedback that I can take to the board and I’m also happy to discuss any issues with members so just send me an email email@example.com.
DOIs in Use in Online News Sources
Some popular press covering scholarship has begun to include CrossRef DOIs to original articles. The DOIs allow readers to locate the original source of news stories and to investigate and evaluate them directly.
This Ars Technica article on Quantum Gravity theory cites three different DOIs at the bottom of the article.
Another good example of CrossRef DOIs in use is this Science Daily piece about music exposure and learning, which cites an article using a CrossRef DOI, found at the bottom of the article.
This interesting article on Dung Beetle female weaponry on www.sciencenews.org references two articles with DOIs displayed on the right side.
How can publishers encourage the use of CrossRef DOIs in the news? Make sure that CrossRef DOIs are included as part of citations provided through public relations efforts targeted to the media. (Make sure, first, of course, that the DOIs are working!). Any news organizations that want to routinely look up CrossRef DOIs for inclusion can become a CrossRef Affiliate.
Publishers, Weigh in on CrossMark
Progress on the CrossMark initiative to identify versions of record of scholarly content continues. Preliminary pricing for the new service, scheduled to launch in Spring 2011 has been announced. We are planning to conduct focus groups and usability studies with both publishers and researchers this summer. A pilot will begin in the fall.
We need your help. If you want to know more about CrossMark, and are willing to participate in a 90-minute e-focus group from the comfort of your computer, please participate in one of our upcoming focus groups. Groups are forming on July 7 at 2 pm EDT and July 14 at 11 am EDT.
Visit the CrossMark web page for more information on this strategic initiative.
CrossCheck, Billing Changes, Plagiarism Screening Update
CrossCheck annual fees will now be billed in advance rather than in arrears. This change will make CrossCheck annual fees consistent with CrossRef’s billing for other annual fees. This change will go into effect immediately for new CrossCheck participants. It will go into effect January 2012 for existing participants. Currently, CrossCheck fees are paid in arrears. The effect would be that existing participants will be billed in December 2011 for the year 2011 and in January 2012 for the year 2012.
CrossCheck plagiarism screening was featured on the publication ethics panel at the recent Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) conference in San Francisco. Kirsty Meddings reported growing usage of the iThenticate software by the 83 participating publishers, many of whom are uncovering cases of plagiarism, salami slicing and duplicate submission in submitted manuscripts. Review the slides from Kirsty’s presentation.
Join us for an introductory webinar explaining the benefits of CrossCheck plagiarism screening for your organization. Upcoming webinars will be held July 13, August 17, and September 7. See the CrossCheck web page for more information and to register.
Mackenzie Smith, Toby Green and Tracey Brown to talk data at the CrossRef Annual Meeting
Preparations for CrossRef’s 2010 Annual Meeting are in full swing. Mackenzie Smith of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Toby Green of OECD, and Tracey Brown of Sense About Science will share their experiences in managing data in scholarly communications. Stay tuned for our announcements as we finalize this thought-provoking program. This year’s meeting will take place at One Great George Street, Westminster, London, UK on November 16 (our Annual Technical Meeting will be November 15). Save the date!
Improved CrossRef support system
CrossRef has a new support system that will make it easier for you to get answers to your gnawing technical questions.
To use the new support system, please go to http://support.crossref.org, create an account and submit your question. The system will allow you to track your support requests. You may also continue to e-mail questions directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
CrossRef’s 2nd quarter billing (ending June 30th) is just around the corner. Invoices will be emailed in early July. We remind all members to pay their invoices promptly, as we have a large number of outstanding invoices.
Assigning DOIs to Book Versions
A recent listserv discussion explored the issue of when it is appropriate to assign a new CrossRef DOI to a book that has had revisions. CrossRef’s Best Practices for Books addresses this issue. It is appropriate to assign a new CrossRef DOI to “major versions” which may change the readers’ interpretation of the work. “Minor versions” do not need to have new CrossRef DOIs.
Book records deposited at CrossRef continue to increase. We have more than 2.5 million book DOIs in the CrossRef system, representing more than 125,000 titles.
The below table provides a summary of the statistics in the Dashboard with comparisons against the same period last year along with pro-rated budget numbers to give a snapshot of how CrossRef is doing.
The numbers in the first two quarters of 2010 look healthy and strong considering the still uncertain financial climate. Steady and above-budget growth is occurring in many of the areas. Current deposits are up by 11% from the same time last year and 4% above budget. Backfile deposits have declined as compared to the same time last year, but this was most likely due to the lack of the discounted deposit fee offered in previous years. The backfile rates are 30% higher than budgeted however. Matching rates remain high, as do query rates. Total DOI deposits are slightly down, but still 66% over budget. Total records are up and we have surpassed the 40 million DOI mark this year.
Financial Results Continue Steady Growth