STRATEGIC INITIATIVES Developing Trends A growing consensus recognizes the value of linking between scholarly literature and information that lies outside it, and of tracking discussions of the literature that occur beyond traditional scholarly channels. CrossRef has long helped publishers assign persistent DOI links for “grey” literature such as working papers and conference proceedings. More recently, citation linking has been established within patent literature and for standards, and CrossRef’s FundRef service now allows researchers and authors to associate funding information with published content for the benefit of constituencies including funders, policy makers and institutions, as well as the general public. New vehicles for the citation of scholarly literature are proliferating, including online scholarly tools as well as social media services such as Facebook and Twitter. Wikipedia is the eighth largest referrer of DOI links to published research, particularly remarkable for the fact that only a small fraction of Wikipedia’s references are DOI-enabled. In the year ahead, a major CrossRef initiative will focus on establishing persistent reference citations from content that sits outside the scholarly literature, and on broadening the ability to track DOI-enabled activity wherever it occurs. ONGOING SERVICES Usage of CrossCheck powered by iThenticate continues to grow at a rapid pace. Nearly 1.1 million documents were checked for duplication against CrossCheck’s database of scholarly and web documents in 2013, compared with approximately 630,000 in 2012. The number is projected to approach 1.8 million in 2014. As of July 2014, 576 publishers were participating, with more than 110,000 titles indexed, and several of these publishers have announced plans to check all their submitted manuscripts. The amount of update and publication record metadata collected for CrossMark hit a 2013 high point in October and then peaked in March and May of 2014, reflecting the activities of a number of larger publishers. As of July 2014, 43 publishers have signed up for the service, which allows researchers to ascertain easily whether a work has been updated and to find important non-bibliographic publication record information on publication history, funding, peer review, licensing and more. CrossRef is developing taxonomies for status updates and publication record information, in part to provide publishers with guidance as to what types of information they might wish to include in the CrossMark Records tab, and in part to clearly define and standardize status updates. R E V I E W O F T H E O R G A N I Z AT I O N . The number of publishers that have signed up for FundRef approximately doubled this year and the number of finders listed in the Funder Registry jumped from just over 4,000 to 7,300.
CrossRef Annual Report 2013/2014
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