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About membership

Membership is open to all organizations who produce scholarly and professional materials and content - you could be a research institution, a publisher, a government agency, a research funder, or a start-up.

There’s an annual fee for membership. As a guide, the lowest tier is USD 275 per year for organizations with revenue/expenses less than USD 1 million.

Membership comes with obligations to your fellow members and the wider scholarly community - these include keeping the metadata associated with your content up-to-date, making sure that you use DOIs in your references and communications, and displaying your DOIs as links on the landing page and in PDFs so that they are cited that way.

There are a few steps to joining and it usually takes a week or so to complete the process, depending on how many extra questions we have to ask you. Once you have paid your pro-rated membership fee, we provide you with a DOI prefix. You then use this prefix to create full DOI links for your journals and articles, and register them with us by providing the url for the content and a lot of other metadata. This can be done via an online form, or by submitting XML.

There’s a one-off registration fee for each record that you register. These fees vary depending on the type of content and whether the publication date is current or backfile but, as a guide, the cost to deposit a current journal article (published this year or in the two previous calendar years) is USD 1. These registration fees are usually billed quarterly in arrears. Once an item is registered, there’s no further charge to update it.

Find out more about what it means to be a member and how to join as a member.

Page owner: Rachael Lammey   |   Last updated 2021-April-23