Not all DOIs are made equal

There are many other DOI registration agencies that are members of the International DOI Foundation. But no other DOI registration agency offers the broad range of infrastructure and services that specifically support scholarly content. Others specialize in a particular region or language or content type. Or even totally different industries such as construction, or movies.

And no one else does it quite like us, either. Take a look through our six truths, to understand the guiding principles that are important to our community. Our mission is to make scholarly content easy to find, cite, link, assess, and re-use. Everything we do, we do specifically to help make greater connections: between content types; between countries; between disciplines; and between people.

A DOI is just the start

Other registration agencies can register your DOIs. But only members of Crossref can use the tools and services that we have built on top of Crossref DOIs. Only Crossref DOIs are included in services such as:

  • Reference linking: Joining us means that you’re entering into a reciprocal linking agreement with the 6000+ other Crossref members publishing over 35,000 journals from over 112 countries around the world. Adding DOIs to your reference lists means that you are linking your content with the growing network of scholarly research, and the other Crossref members are required to link back to your content in the same, persistent way.
  • Cited-by provides members with a way to look at the Crossref metadata to find out how your publications are being cited and share that information with your readers and authors.
  • Similarity Check for editorial originality. Crossref entered into an agreement with Turnitin to provide a way for member publishers to check their content against the full-text of the tens of millions of published research materials.
  • Crossmark: This identification service shows researchers that publishers are committed to maintaining their content as well as giving researchers the information they need to check that they are using the most recent and reliable versions of a document.
  • Content Registration: Crossref metadata specifically enables collection of other essential information surrounding publications in a standard way across publishers: funding data, ORCID iDs, license information, abstracts, clinical trial numbers, references, and full-text links.
  • Metadata Delivery: All of the metadata that Crossref collects helps publisher content be more discoverable. We make it available in a variety of formats (including an API) so that service providers can come to one place to get information from our thousands of diverse members. Information on your publications is being shared by and used in search engines, collaborative editing and authoring tools, discovery platforms, library databases and many, many other places.

We’re committed to maintaining this infrastructure and building on it in a sustainable way for our members, improving existing tools and services and building new ones. We’re only as strong as our links with the international community we work within. There are lots of ways you can interact with us and let us know what’s happening. One of our ‘truths’ is smart alone, brilliant together and that’s very much the case. We have a blog, advisory and working groups you can be involved with, regular webinars, our Crossref LIVE Locals, and our Crossref LIVE Annual, which are free to attend events, and open to everyone.

The first step is to become a member.


Get in touch with questions and tell us what you think. if you want us to do something differently, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

Last Updated: 2017 October 24 by Ginny Hendricks

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