Our tools and services allow people to find, link, cite, and assess your publications. This leads to greater discovery and tracking of published research outputs.
We have over 7000 members from 112 countries. Many types of organizations interact with Crossref and there is almost certainly an agreement that’s right for you. For publishers, in order to become a member, register content and deposit metadata you’ll need to meet one criterion:
You publish scholarly content that is available online and/or you represent organizations who publish.
Your content could include:
If you don’t meet the criteria to become a member but instead want to look up metadata or add it into your own software, check out our Metadata Delivery services.
Joining Crossref is a promise to look after your content. For our part, we promise to maintain and develop the community infrastructure for the long-term.
Membership therefore comes with a bit of work on your end. Crossref publishers make every effort to improve the quality and completeness of metadata. Once you’re in, we give you a prefix for your DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers), you create the suffixes and you begin to register content with us.
You do this by regularly depositing metadata that includes persistent identifiers and comprehensive information about the content. Your work to create and maintain the metadata is ongoing.
To apply to join Crossref please click the ‘join’ button below. This application form will ask you for information such as:
This page sets out all of our fees which include an annual membership fee and content registration (deposit) fees as well as the fees for other services. Our Membership & Fees Committee regularly reviews the fees and makes recommendations to the board. We haven’t increased the annual member or content registration fees in over ten years. Jump to a section: Annual membership fees Content registration fees Similarity Check fees Crossmark fees Affiliate fees
Thanks for your interest in joining Crossref and participating in the scholarly content network. We trade as Crossref but we are registered as Publishers International Linking Association (PILA) Inc. Your agreement will be with PILA and is based on the by-laws of the State of New York. Here is a summary of your contract and the terms that set out your commitments as a member: Your first year’s membership fee is payable before your account is created and ready for use.