FundRef provides a standard way to report funding sources for published scholarly research. Publishers deposit funding information from articles and other content using a standard taxonomy of funder names. This funding data is then made publicly available through CrossRef's search interfaces and APIs for funders and other interested parties to analyze.
- Lack of standard funding body names and metadata has made it difficult to analyze or mine research funding information in publications.
- Funding bodies have not been able to easily track the output of their expenditures.
- Publishers have not been able to easily identify the major funders of the research they publish.
- Research institutions have had no easy way to identify major funders of their employees’ scholarly output.
FundRef addresses all of these issues.
Search FundRef Data
FundRef Search allows anyone to search on a funder name and find content that has received research funding from that funder. Not all funder names will return results at present, but as the service grows and more publishers deposit funding information more results will become available.
How FundRef Works
Funding AgenciesFunding Agencies do not need to do anything to join FundRef. Publishers will deposit funding information from content that they publish, and anyone can search this data using FundRef Search. Feedback from funding agencies, or questions about FundRef can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sign up for FundRef by agreeing to the simple Terms and Conditions. There are no fees for participating in FundRef.
- Incorporate the FundRef Registry into your submission system.
- Ask authors to input funding information on submission using the controlled vocabulary from the Registry.
- Make sure your production system can support the additional FundRef metadata elements
- Submit standardized FundRef data to CrossRef with your regular metadata deposits. Funder IDs from the FundRef Registry must be included for any funder that is listed in the Registry.
- Query CrossRef for funding data.
For an overview of FundRef watch our 20 minute pre-recorded FundRef Webinar (.mov)
Technical information on how to deposit FundRef data within the CrossRef schema can be found in FundRef Help
The FundRef Registry
The FundRef Registry is a taxonomy of international funder names, IDs, abbreviations, and alternate names donated by Elsevier. This controlled vocabulary is freely available and should be incorporated into manuscript submission systems or used to reconcile funder names in backfile content ahead of deposit.
American Chemical Society (ACS)
American Diabetes Association
American Institute of Physics (AIP)
American Physical Society (APS)
American Psychiatric Publishing
American Psychological Association (APA)
American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR)
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Copernicus Publications (Copernicus GmbH)
eLife Sciences Organisation
Hindawi Publishing Corporation
iMedPub, Internet Medical Publishing (Fundacion de Neurociencias)
International Union of Crystallography (IUCr)
Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development
Just Medical Media, Ltd.
Kowsar Medical Institute
National Health Personnel Licensing Examination Board, Republic of Korea
Optical Society of America (OSA)
Oxford University Press (OUP)
Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
The Royal Society
FundRef AdVISORY GROUP
FundRef is guided by an Advisory Group comprising representatives from the following funding bodies and publishers:
American Institute of Physics
American Psychological Association
Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers
Nature Publishing Group
Oxford University Press
US Department of Energy
US National Science Foundation
The Wellcome Trust
Wiley & Sons
- Information on the deposit schema, search API and Registry is available in FundRef Help
- Sign up for a FundRef Webinar
- FundRef in the news
- Frequently asked questions about FundRef.
- For a short synopsis view the printable summary (PDF).
- FundRef Pilot News Release, May 2012
- FundRef News Release, March 2013
- FundRef News Release, May 2013
- FundRef News Release, July 2013
- FundRef News Release, October 2013
- FundRef Pilot Report, March 2013 (PDF)
Who Does FundRef Benefit?
- Funding organizations, which will be able to better track the results of their funding policies.
- Authors, in simplifying their submission process
- Research institutions, which will be able to track the productivity of their employees
- Publishers, which will be able to analyze the sources of funding for their published content, and
- Readers and the public, by providing greater transparency into the results of R&D funding.
CrossRef creates services for the scholarly community that require technical and business collaboration among organizations that cannot be done more efficiently by a single entity. The deposit and query infrastructure, and the business agreements in place already provide for a way for a large number of publishers members to share metadata to accomplish reference linking, Cited-by linking, plagiarism screening, and version tracking. FundRef meets these criteria, and can be provided with a minimum of new overhead and investment.
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