Libraries and Crossref are a winning combination. Our shared goal is to improve discoverability of content for researchers. For our part we look after publishers’ metadata and run a registry of persistent links. We also offer services that help systems and people to make connections.
We currently look after almost 90 million content items from theses, dissertations, preprints, and reports– through to of course journal articles and books/book chapters.
Many librarians come to Crossref for an account to use retrieve metadata using OpenURL. If you’re one of those librarians, you’re in the right place!
Please review these terms below and get in touch if you agree. We will create your account and send you login details within a couple of days.
If you agree to these terms, please contact us to set up an account.
We have over 7000 publisher members registering journal articles, books, dissertations, preprints, and other content types with us.
Our members register content with us including as much metadata as possible, they then use each others’ metadata to link their references and commit to maintaining these links for the long-term. There are some figures at our dashboard, a live display of data using our REST API. Our members update that metadata all the time.
Increasingly we are being asked to take in other scholarly outputs such as peer review reports, videos, blogs, and other. Watch our blog for news of these additions or sign up to our newsletter via the link in the footer of this website.
One of our responsibilities is to make metadata available to the systems and people who need it. The benefits to libraries in using our metadata are that you can ensure persistent links, which lead to increased discoverability of your resources. And it also means you don’t have to sign individual linking agreements with each publisher or keep track of their different ways of linking.
We have a number of metadata delivery options, in addition to OpenURL. The most visible is search.crossref.org (for humans!) which uses our REST API (for machines!). Both interfaces are open and free to use without registering.
From search.crossref.org you can search for a DOI, an article, an author, an ORCID iD, etc. You can search right from our homepage on the second tab ‘search metadata’ or go directly to search.crossref.org.
We have a browsable title list of all titles registered with us, by journal, book series, or conference proceeding.
A growing number of libraries are becoming publishers themselves too. Many of the approximately 130 members that join every month are, for example, a scholar-publisher or a library-publisher. If you’d like to register content and contribute metadata please take a look at the member obligations and if you can meet them, apply to join.