Martyn Rittman

Martyn Rittman

Product Manager
Biography

Martyn joined Crossref in June 2020 as Product Manager. Prior to that he spent seven years at open access publisher MDPI in various roles, including roles in production, editorial, and author services. Before moving into publishing Martyn was a researcher, developing instrumentation in life sciences, material sciences, and analytical chemistry. He completed his PhD at the University of Warwick before postdoc positions at the University of Reading and the University of Freiburg. Outside of work you can find him spening time with his family, making music, or exploring the Black Forest by foot or by bike.

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Martyn Rittman's Latest Blog Posts

Amendments to membership terms to open reference distribution and include UK jurisdiction

Tl;dr Forthcoming amendments to Crossref’s membership terms will include: Removal of ‘reference distribution preference’ policy: all references in Crossref will be treated as open metadata from 3rd June 2022. An addition to sanctions jurisdictions: the United Kingdom will be added to sanctions jurisdictions that Crossref needs to comply with. Sponsors and members have been emailed today with the 60-day notice needed for changes in terms.

Event Data now with added references

Event Data is our service to capture online mentions of Crossref records. We monitor data archives, Wikipedia, social media, blogs, news, and other sources. Our main focus has been on gathering data from external sources, however we know that there is a great deal of Crossref metadata that can be made available as events. Earlier this year we started adding relationship metadata, and over the last few months we have been working on bringing in citations between records.

Event Data: Help us fill in the gaps

UPDATE August 2, 2021: This work was awarded to Laura Paglione of the Spherical Cow Group. To date, we have collected around 740 million events from 12 different source since we launched our Event Data service service in 2017. Each event is an online mention of the research associated with a DOI, either via the DOI directly or using the associated URL. However, we know that there is much more out there.

An Advisory Group for Preprints

We are delighted to announce the formation of a new Advisory Group to support us in improving preprint metadata. Preprints have grown in popularity over the last few years, with increasing focus brought by the need to rapidly disseminate knowledge in the midst of a global pandemic. We have supported metadata deposits for preprints under the content type ‘posted content’ since 2016, and members currently register a total of around 17,000 new preprints metadata records each month.

Doing more with relationships - via Event Data

Crossref aims to link research together, making related items more findable, increasing transparency, and showing how ideas spread and develop. There are a number of moving parts in this effort: some related to capturing and storing linking information, others to making it available. By including relationship metadata in Event Data, we are taking a big step to improve the visibility of a large number of links between metadata. We know this is long-promised and we’re pleased that making this valuable metadata available supports a number of important initiatives.