Letter from the Executive Director

CrossRef Annual Report 2013/2014

LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR As CrossRef has engaged with a wider group of stakeholders in developing its recent offerings, we have realized that, beyond the CrossRef membership, there is a lack of consistency in the understanding of what CrossRef does. Its central role in the global scholarly communications community is less widely recognized than it should be, and as the portfolio of services has grown, their relation to the organization and its mission has not always been clear. To address this, CrossRef launched a branding project in 2013 that has brought a new, unifying visual identity and brand narrative, and a nomenclature that will connect every product to the CrossRef name and communicate its purpose unmistakably, all to be implemented in 2015. A more holistic representation of CrossRef, which has been strongly associated with the DOI, is also useful in differentiating us from the newer IDF Registration Agencies now working with DOIs in various ways. The CrossRef membership continues to grow in both number and diversity, now including more than 5,000 participating organizations from more than 100 countries, producing scholarly content in many languages, often multiple languages. Usage of the system continues to grow significantly; the number of DOI resolutions (clicks on links) in 2013 passed the 1 billion mark, and the number for the first half of 2014 is 27 percent over the same period prior year. There is strong growth in deposits for non-journal content — books, theses and dissertations, standards, and databases (now including historically significant correspondence); the system now includes records for more than 533,000 book titles, a 38 percent increase over last year. With CrossRef in its 15th year of operation, the ongoing trend of double-digit growth in all these indicators is notable. After a successful 2013 pilot, CrossRef Text and Data Mining services launched in May, an extension of the CrossRef infrastructure that serves emerging needs of researchers in a way that is readily manageable for publishers and accommodates their access models and technical requirements. Participation in CrossCheck continues to increase, with publishers now screening an average of more than 150,000 manuscripts through the system each month. Growth in deposits for CrossMark was slow C R O S S R E F A N N U A L R E P O R T. 2 0 1 3 / 2 0 1 4 3


CrossRef Annual Report 2013/2014
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