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 for further information.

May 4, 2011

Profiles in Scholarly Publishing: CrossRef Executive Director Ed Pentz

The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) website has a neat feature that profiles well-known individuals in the field.

Not long ago, they interviewed CrossRef Executive Director Ed Pentz. Take a moment to see what Ed has to say about his career, CrossRef, and our field.

August 5, 2009

Summer Reading Suggestion: A Question of Trust

9780521529969-2.jpgFor weightier-than-normal beach reading A Question of Trust by philosopher Onora O'Neill, Baroness of Bengarve, one of this year's CrossRef Annual Meeting keynote speakers, is worth some time. Originally delivered as four talks as part of The 2002 Reith Lectures, O'Neill explores perceptions and realities of trust in public service, business, and briefly, academia. Purchase the book from Cambridge University Press.

If you prefer, listen to the original five lectures at the BBC.

April 1, 2009

The buzz around people identifiers

In Science this week Martin Enserink writes about Thomson's Researcher ID and CrossRef's Contributor ID project in "Are You Ready to Become a Number?", including an interview with Geoff Bilder.
DOI: 10.1126/science.323.5922.1662.

I'll be talking about the subject at tomorrow's Allen Press Best Practices seminar. I'll be on the panel with Philip Bourne, computational biologist and author of the recent paper "I Am Not a Scientist, I Am a Number", PLoS Comput Biol 4(12): e1000247. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1000247.

Kirsty Meddings Blogs Ahmed Hindawi's Talk on the Future of Scholarly Publishing

Kirsty gave a nice summary of Hindawi's talk at the UKSG meeting. Where's scholarly publishing going?

The most interesting point is the possible commodization of journals in the future, where brands, both from the author and the library perspective, just go away.

Take a look at the LiveSerials: 2020 blog.

March 16, 2009

Day in the life of CrossRef's Product Manager

Kirsty Meddings CrossRef's Product Manager wrote an insightful "Day in the life" profile for the journal Serials. Please note that access to the profile is limited to subscribers of UKSG publications.