From the Executive Director

CrossRef is off to a good start in 2009. Financially we had a very good first quarter of 2009 and all the other key statistics are showing very strong growth. In June this year CrossRef will be making a major investment in upgrading its core query service that does the matching of references to DOIs. The system we have, developed and kept up-to-date by Atypon, has worked extremely well but is now over six years old and with continued increases in the volume of transactions (almost 80 million queries in the first three months of the year) and many new content types being added it is time to redo this part of the system to be more flexible and robust. We will be working with Atypon on the new query system.

We have started planning for the Annual Meeting on November 10th, 2009 in Cambridge, MA, USA which will be preceded by a 10th Anniversary dinner (http://www.crossref.org/crweblog/2009/03/save_the_date_1.html) on the evening of November 9th at the Museum of Science in Boston.  The technical meeting will be the day before the Annual Meeting - more information is available (http://www.crossref.org/annualmeeting.html).  We are currently working on finalizing the program but it will be good so save the dates.   

I’m very happy to announce that Hindawi Publishing Corp has joined the CrossRef Board of Directors.  A seat on the board became vacant and at its recent meeting the board, in accordance with the by-laws, elected Hindawi to fill the remainder of the term (which finishes in November 2009).

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.  

May 2009 Stories


Best Practices for Books

Guidelines for depositing and citing books have been drafted and circulated by CrossRef's Book Working Group and will be finalized soon. CrossRef has more than 73,000 book items in the system, and that number is continuing to grow rapidly.

Review the Best Practices

DOIs in Use

De Gruyter ReferenceGlobal has an easy way for users to get the CrossRef DOI for the item they are looking at. Take a look at this De Gruyter article (http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/CCLM.2007.190) to see how it works. Click on the "Permalink" button on the lower right of the screen. The CrossRef DOI for the item pops up.

CSE Honors CrossRef

The CSE Award for Meritorious Achievement was presented to CrossRef at CSE's 2009 Annual Meeting last week in Pittsburgh. Normally given to an individual, this award recognized CrossRef's reference linking service as contributing excellence to scholarly communication.

ContributorID--Unique Identifiers for People

CrossRef is exploring the issue of uniquely identifying authors and other scholarly communicators, an initiative that we are calling ContributorID. Part of the project involves Director of Strategic Initiatives Geoffrey Bilder talking to the many different people and organizations to work out what role CrossRef can play and what is the best technical approach to take in addressing this area.

Geoff was interviewed by Martin Fenner on his blog “Gobbledygook: on scientific publishing in the Internet age” -http://network.nature.com/people/mfenner/blog/2009/02/17/interview-with-geoffrey-bilder.  I recommend this interview to everyone because it not only clearly covers the issues around ContributorID it also succinctly gives an overview of what CrossRef is all about.

Other relevant articles include Martin Enserink in Science (http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.323.5922.1662) about Thomson's Researcher ID and CrossRef's Contributor ID project in "Are You Ready to Become a Number?" and

Philip Bourne with  "I Am Not a Scientist, I Am a Number", PLoS Comput Biol 4(12): e1000247. http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1000247

CrossMark Prototype Launched

A pilot project to help publishers and researchers identify publisher-maintained versions of research, CrossMark is now available as a prototype system.

A fuller description of CrossMark is available on the web site at www.crossref.org/crossmark.html.

CrossCheck welcomes 50th Publisher

Plagiarism screening is being adopted by more publishers. CrossCheck, powered by iThenticate, welcomes the American Psychological Association (APA) as its 50th publisher.

The service has grown rapidly in the nine months since its launch, and the CrossCheck database now contains almost 14 million items from 23,000 journals, books and conference proceedings. Read the Press Release.

CrossCheck Web Events in May and June

"Introduction to CrossCheck", our popular webinar, will run May 21st and June 16th. This free event provides an overview of the service and how it works.  Sign up for the webinar at http://www.crossref.org/10meetings/2009_intro_crosscheck_webinar.html.

Online demos of iThenticate are scheduled throughout May and June. These free sessions give a more detailed walk-through of the tools and reports available to CrossCheck members, and are especially useful for anyone who will be using the system. Register to attend a demo at http://www.crossref.org/10meetings/crosscheck_ithenticate_demo_res.html.

Check the dates and get more information about CrossCheck on the CrossCheck web page: http://www.crossref.org/crosscheck.html.

CrossRef Continues to Grow

DOI deposits and resolutions show a healthy growth this quarter. Backfiles deposits have declined, but not by as much as anticipated.

The matching rate has increased to 61% compared to 38% for the same period last year.

Dashboard
Targets

Jan-Mar
'09

Jan-Mar
'08

08/'09 change

Pro-rated Budget '09

Budget +/-

Full Year Budget '09

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Queries

77,432,147

77,785,163

0%

62,500,000

24%

250,000,000

Matches

47,202,569

26,136,985

81%

25,000,000

89%

100,000,000

Match %

61%

34%

81%

40%

52%

40%

Current Deposits

626,487

495,905

26%

583,750

7%

2,335,000

Backfile Deposits

650,069

837,278

-22%

300,000

117%

1,200,000

Total Deposits

1,276,556

1,333,183

-4%

883,750

44%

3,535,000

Total Records

36,320,570

31,423,029

16%

 

 

39,855,570

# DOI Resolutions

82,092,763

58,004,634

42%

68,750,000

19%

275,000,000

# Members

682

544

25%

670

2%

700

# Depositing prefixes

1154

908

27%

1050

10%

1100

# Linking prefixes

692

566

22%

690

0%

800

# Journals

20,018

20,194

-1%

20,075

0%

23,000

# Book Titles

83,249

49,784

67%

83,000

0%

99,700

# Conference Titles

15,049

12,214

23%

15,000

0%

17,000

The above 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 are impressive and show continued growth even though the CrossRef system could be called “mature” at this point. 

While the number of queries so far in 2009 equals 2008 the matching rate of 61% is much higher so the number of DOIs returned has increased 81% to 47 million.

Current deposits grew a very healthy 26% from 2008 and are over budget by 7%. Backfile deposits dropped by 22%, which is actually a smaller decrease, than budgeted so overall deposits are 44% over budget.

The number of DOI Resolutions (clicks on DOIs) is up 42% from 2008 to 2009 to 82 million.  The number of members is continuing its steady climb, as are the depositors and linkers.   The number of journal titles has decreased and this is due to cleaning up duplicate titles (Journal of Good & Bad Science/Journal of Good and Bad Science being counted twice because of the “&”).

CrossRef Finances in Good Shape

CrossRef had a good first quarter but we are staying conservative for the outlook for the full year due to the current economic climate. The financial highlights for the 1st quarter of 2009 covering the months of January through March are listed in the chart below.

There are currently a high number of invoices that are more than 90 days overdue – please pay any outstanding invoices as soon as you can.   Non/late payment can lead to your access to the system (to deposit metadata and get DOIs) being suspended.

We would also like to remind you to please reference your invoice number and company ID in all payments,
especially wire transfers.

Income Statement

2009 1st Qtr.

2009 Full Year

2010

$000's

Actuals

Budget

Forecast

Budget

Outlook

Revenues

 1,023

 905

 3,890

 3,862

 4,118

Expenses

 764

 830

 3,555

 3,534

 3,772

  Operating Income

 259

 75

 335

 328

 346

Contingencies

 -  

 -  

 (60)

 (60)

 (60)

Interest Income (Expense)

 5

 3

 17

 15

 15

For. Exch. Transl./Other

 (10)

 -  

 (10)

 -  

 -  

  Net Income

 254

 78

 282

 283

 301


Financial Summary:

CrossRef had a good first quarter but we are staying conservative for the outlook for the full year due to the current economic climate.  The financial highlights for the 1st quarter of 2009 covering the months of January through March are:

▪ Revenues:  $1,023,000 - over budget by $118,000 (13%)

▪ Operating Expenses: $764,000 – under budget by $66,000 (8%)

▪ Cash Generated: $843,000 – better (by $179,000) against the comparable period in 2008 (led by $82,000 of lower deferred revenue balances)

The 2009 full year (12-month) financial forecast indicates that full year 2009 will be slightly favorable against budget (based mainly on the strong 1st quarter results and extra System Rewrite costs).  Annual Membership Fees and Current and Backfile deposits were all above budget in the first quarter.  Deposits are expected to be lower during the rest of the year but will still be close to budget.

Of critical importance is the System Rewrite that will be getting underway in the 2nd quarter.  The costs of the System Rewrite have been included in the 2009 forecast.  In a positive development, the strong first quarter means that the System Rewrite costs do not significantly change the overall financial picture for 2009 – net income and cash on hand remain strong.  The main System Rewrite costs increase capital expenditure occurring in the 2nd quarter.

TicTocs Journal Table of Contents Service

CrossRef is a partner in the recently launched ticTOCs (http://www.tictocs.ac.uk/) Journal Tables of Contents project. The service "makes it easy for academics, researchers, students and anyone else to keep up-to-date with newly published scholarly material by enabling them to find, display, store, combine and reuse thousands of journal tables of contents from multiple publishers." Read Peter Jacsco’s very positive review of the service at http://www.gale.cengage.com/reference/peter/200904/ticTOCs.htm.  CrossRef is now investigating hosting the service on an ongoing basis.  As part of the project CrossRef is also developing a set of best practice guidelines for publisher RSS feeds.  A draft of the guidelines will soon be posted to the CrossRef TWG (Technical Working Group) email list.

UKSG TRANSFER Code of Practice

Launched at the end of 2008 the UKSG TRANSFER Code of Practice 2.0 has seen good take up by publishers.  Read the latest press release (http://www.uksg.org/transfer/press).  The Code of Practice is important for any publishers who are involved in journals transfers either by acquiring journals or disposing of them, or both.

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Sincerely,

Ed Pentz
Executive Director
CrossRef