February 27, 2015

Update for CrossCheck Users: iThenticate bibliography exclusion issue fix

This is an update for CrossRef members who participate in the CrossCheck service, powered by iThenticate.

Users of the iThenticate system had reported that the bibliography/reference exclusion option did not work properly when tables were appended after the bibliography of a document and a cell of the table contained a bibliography keyword i.e. references, works cited, bibliography.

A fix was released on February 16th 2015 for this issue, so that reference exclusion will work for documents that fit the criteria above. Please note that the enhancement applies to new manuscripts submitted to iThenticate from February 16th.

CrossCheck users should feel free to test out the bibliography exclusion feature, and do contact us if you have any questions; or if you continue to experience this problem on any new submissions to the service.

February 11, 2015

February 2015: CrossRef deploys Co-Access Functionality for Books

Co-Access functionality has been set up by CrossRef address the issues caused when there are multiple organisations involved in the hosting and distribution of a given book.

Co-Access is effectively an extension of CrossRef's Multiple Resolution (MR) functionality which allows multiple URLs to be assigned to a single DOI. MR functionality relies on title ownership to try to avoid conflicts and maintain the uniqueness of DOIs so that they can be queried effectively.

MR has worked well for journals, but because many book publishers outsource the hosting of their content to multiple aggregators and platforms, they need a separate process that allows independent transactions on the part of the primary publisher and any secondary content hosts, rather than interactions having to be co-ordinated by the primary publisher (who may not be depositing DOIs and metadata with CrossRef at all).

Co-Access will allow multiple parties to deposit DOIs for a single publication, and have the CrossRef system automatically resolve overlaps (we call them conflicts) and establish MR for any DOI where multiple target URLs exist for the same book or part of a book (e.g. chapters). This arrangement would be set-up between the primary publisher of a work and a set of approved participants who could also deposit (and update) DOIs for a publication. This relationship can be enabled either between prefixes or within a single prefix.

This change would allow Co-Access members to operate independently of one another when assigning DOIs to book content, and aims reduce the amount of coordination required between the primary publisher and the secondary content hosts.

CrossRef is currently embarking on a pilot of this functionality - we've done our own testing based on some known scenarios - but now need publishers to trial this on some of their own publications and provide feedback on how well it works for them. CrossRef would need publishers to be able to identify a title that will need a Co-Access arrangement set up with another party (and who the party or parties would be) to commence the testing process. If your organisation would like to be involved, please contact rlammey@crossref.org for further information.

February 10, 2015

Introduction to CrossRef: Technical Basics webinar is tomorrow

New to CrossRef? Interested in learning more about the technical aspects of CrossRef? Please join us for one of our upcoming Introduction to CrossRef Technical Basics webinars. This webinar will provide a technical introduction to CrossRef and a brief outline of how CrossRef works. New members are especially encouraged to register. All of our webinars are free to attend. If the time of the webinar is not convenient for you, we will be recording the sessions and they will be made available after the webinars for those who register.


Introduction to CrossRef Technical Basics
Date: Wednesday, Feb 11, 2015
Time: 8:00 am (San Francisco), 11:00 am (New York), 4:00 pm (London)
Moderator: Patricia Feeney

Introduction to CrossRef Technical Basics
Date: Wednesday, Mar 18, 2015
Time: 8:00 am (San Francisco), 11:00 am (New York), 4:00 pm (London)
Moderator: Patricia Feeney


Additional CrossRef webinars are also listed on our webinar page.

We look forward to having you join us!

If you are a CrossCheck Administrator - this webinar is for you.

CrossCheck: iThenticate Admin Webinar

Date: Thursday, Feb 19, 2015
Time: 7:00 am (San Francisco), 10:00 am (New York), 3:00 pm (London)
Register today!

CrossCheck, powered by iThenticate now has over 600 members using the service to screen content for originality. Through demand from these members, CrossRef is trialling a webinar for CrossCheck administrators and more experienced users that will cover:

- The scale of the current CrossCheck database
- CrossCheck participation and usage
- An overview of the newest features in iThenticate
- A run-through of more administrator-specific features in iThenticate
- Advice on interpreting the reports and common issues
- Details on support resources available for publishers
- Q&A session

Representatives from CrossRef and iParadigms will run the webinar which will last one hour. We hope you can join us!

If you can't make this webinar visit our webinar page for additional webinars.

February 8, 2015

Geoffrey Bilder will be at the 10th IDCC in London tomorrow

Geoffrey Bilder @gbilder will be part of a panel entitled Why is it taking so long?. The panel will explore why some types of change in curation practice take so long and why others happen quickly. The panel will be moderated by Carly Strasser @carlystrasser, Manager of Strategic Partnerships for DataCite. The panel will take place on Monday, February 9th at 16:30 at 30 Euston Square in London. Learn more. #idcc15

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