Getting Started

Getting started

Organizations participate in CrossRef by joining under one of these three categories:

  1. Member: a publisher or content owner who will be depositing DOIs with metadata
  2. Library: a no-fee account for querying the CrossRef system primarily used to support a local linking service
  3. Affiliate: an organization (commercial or non-profit) which will be querying the CrossRef system, using CrossRef bulk metadata or acting as an agent for member publishers.

To see who is currently participating in CrossRef please see:

Qualifications for membership

Publishers International Linking Association, Inc. (PILA) is a not-for-profit membership organization. PILA runs the CrossRef service, enabling links to and from online scholarly content. According to the PILA bylaws, membership is open to any organization engaged in the business of publishing original scholarly materials.

The following conditions must also be met:

Only publishers who pay an annual membership fee and own the content represented by CrossRef's metadata are considered members who are entitled to vote for CrossRef's board of directors. Publishers may participate in CrossRef without actually being a member themselves if they are represented by a Sponsoring Member.

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