Our truths

These are the Crossref truths. They were tested with members and approved by our board in 2016. They are the principles that guide us in everything we do.

Smart alone, brilliant together

Collaboration is at the core of everything we do. Our focus is on things that are best achieved by working together. We involve the community through active working groups and committees.

If you publish, you’re a publisher

We are a global community of members, large and small, who publish scholarly content in all disciplines and in many formats. We define publishing broadly; your business model is your business.

One member, one vote

Our board comprises a cross-section of members and it doesn’t matter how big or small you are, every member gets a single vote.

Love metadata, love technology

We do R&D to support and expand the shared infrastructure we run for the scholarly community. Building on the metadata we collect, we use standard web technologies and create open source tools and services to help our members solve problems and meet best publishing practice.

Politic, not political

Our broad and inclusive community may have different views, but when it comes to law and policy, Crossref remains impartial.

Here today, here tomorrow

We are obsessed with persistence - of links, of our technology, and of the organization. Membership and service fees cover our costs, and our surplus means we can do new things and sustain the community infrastructure for the long term.


Please let us know what you think by contacting our outreach team.

Last Updated: 2017 July 13 by Ginny Hendricks