We’re equally sad and proud to report that Rachael Lammey is moving on in her career to the very lucky team at 67Bricks. Her last day at Crossref is today, Friday 16th February. Which is too soon for us, but very exciting for her!
It’s hard to overstate Rachael’s impact on Crossref’s growth and success in her 12 years here. She started as a Product Manager where she developed that role into a broad and central function, and soon moved into the newly-formed community team as International Outreach Manager where she grew important programs such as Sponsors, Ambassadors, a series of ‘LIVE’ events around the world, and she went on to manage her own team and establish some of the most important strategic relationships that Crossref now feels fortunate to have.
Great news to share: our Executive Director, Ed Pentz, has been selected as the 2024 recipient of the Miles Conrad Award from the USA’s National Information Standards Organization (NISO). The award is testament to an individual’s lifetime contribution to the information community, and we couldn’t be more delighted that Ed was voted to be this year’s well-deserved recipient.
During the NISO Plus conference this week in Baltimore, USA, Ed accepted his award and delivered the 2024 Miles Conrad lecture, reflecting on how far open scholarly infrastructure has come, and the part he has played in this at Crossref and through numerous other collaborative initiatives.
Metadata about research objects and the relationships between them form the basis of the scholarly record: rich metadata has the potential to provide a richer context for scholarly output, and in particular, can provide trust signals to indicate integrity. Information on who authored a research work, who funded it, which other research works it cites, and whether it was updated, can act as signals of trustworthiness. Crossref provides foundational infrastructure to connect and preserve these records, but the creation of these records is an ongoing and complex community effort.
A few months ago we announced our plan to deprecate our support for the Open Funder Registry in favour of using the ROR Registry to support both affiliation and funder use cases. The feedback we’ve had from the community has been positive and supports our members, service providers and metadata users who are already starting to move in this direction.
We wanted to provide an update on work that’s underway to make this transition happen, and how you can get involved in working together with us on this.
Make sure you’re in the right place. This application form is for those of you who wish to join Crossref independently as a member, in order to register content and DOIs and deposit metadata relating to that content.
(If you wish to join Crossref through a Sponsor instead, you’ll need to fill out a different form provided by your sponsor - please request the link from your sponsor. And if you don’t want to register content but instead are interested in retrieving and making use of the metadata that’s been registered with Crossref, then you don’t need to become a member. Please visit our metadata retrieval page for more information.)
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. Make sure you have all the information you need before you start. We’re going to ask you lots of important questions so we can get you set up as quickly as possible. It will save a lot of time if you can put the right information into the form now rather than having to change it later:
Your organisation name - you should apply to join in the name of the parent organization that is responsible for publishing your content, rather than in the name of your individual journal, conference, imprint or university department. Your organization will then be able to use this single member account to register DOIs for all the content that your organization publishes and only pay one membership fee. This means, for example, that if you wish to register a journal with us, and the journal is actually published by your university, then your university would need to join Crossref rather than just your journal or department. If you wish to register a journal and the journal itself is the largest legal entity, then you are welcome to join us in the name of your journal.
Your mailing address and your billing address - some of you will have a different address for invoices, and it’s important that we collect the correct address now. The billing address you provide in this application form is what will appear on the invoice we send you for your first year of membership as part of this application process. Before you apply, check what this should be, and also whether your finance team needs other details quoted on the invoice (for example, your tax number).
The publishing revenue of your organization - we don’t need to know exact amounts, but we use this information to decide which tier of our annual membership fee you need to pay. We only need to know about the revenue for the part of your organization that deals with publishing. if you don’t have publishing revenue, we look at publishing expenditure. Our annual membership tiers start at US$275 for organizations with revenue under USD 1 million per year and go up to to USD 50,000.00 for organizations with revenue over USD 500 million.
Contact details for three separate people at your organization - we ask you to provide contact details (name and email address) for a range of different contact types at your organization. Make sure you have at least three separate contacts ready to cover these five roles. (If you are a very small organization and don’t have at least three different names and email addresses to cover these five roles, please contact our membership team to discuss the best options.)
The Primary contact - this person will be our key contact at your organization. They receive product and service updates, and we contact them about things like changes to terms or service agreements. They also receive our monthly resolution reports showing failed resolutions on your DOIs. (Those of you who have been members for a while will know this contact as the Business contact).
The Voting contact - this person will vote in our board elections. The Voting contact is often the same person as the Primary contact. We do need a specific person’s name for the voting contact, but you can provide a generic email address. The Voting contact can’t be the voting contact on another member account.
The Technical contact - this person will receive technical updates, DOI error reports, and conflict reports to help you solve problems with your content quickly. We encourage you to use a shared, generic email address for this contact.
The Metadata quality contact - this person will be responsible for fixing any metadata errors that are spotted by the scholarly community. The Metadata Quality contact is often the same person as the Technical contact, and we encourage you to use a shared, generic email address for this contact.
How you plan to register your content with us - it’s useful to know how you plan to register your content with us before you join. You can find out more here.
What happens next?
We’ll take a look at your application within two working days. We may need to ask some clarifying questions then, where applicable, we then send you a pro-rated membership order (invoice) for the remainder of the calendar year. Once paid, we’ll send you a welcome email within two days including the details of your Crossref DOI prefix and how to get started setting up your access credentials to create metadata records with Crossref DOIs.
Our replies come from the email address firstname.lastname@example.org. Please add this email address to your contacts list, or add it to your safe senders list to make sure that you receive our replies.
Global Equitable Membership applicants
If you are eligible for the GEM program, we will not send you a membership order for your first year of membership - you will not be charged membership fees or any content registration fees. On the application form, please just just add your mailing address into the billing address field. Please do still add a contact into the billing contact field. We will only need to use this if you take on a paid service (such as Similarity Check) in the future.