September 2023 newsletter



Welcome to our September bimonthly newsletter. In this edition, we cover the very recent news that we’ve taken on the Retraction Watch data and made it open. The members who are standing for our board election reveal their statements. And we report back on your response to our proposal to create ‘self-healing’ digital object identifiers through project ‘OpCit’. Join us online for our Annual Meeting on October 31st, and check out our upcoming events, as well as additional news from within and beyond Crossref. Enjoy!

News: Crossref acquires and opens the Retraction Watch data

Big news! Crossref has acquired the Retraction Watch data from the Center for Scientific Integrity and opened it, making it a fully public resource. This decision is part of our strategic focus on preserving the Integrity of the Scholarly Record (ISR) and augments publishers’ efforts as the primary steward of the record through their use of the Crossmark service. Initially available as a csv file download, this is the largest source of retractions and will enable the community to better assess scholarship and research. The Center for Scientific Integrity and the Retraction Watch blog will continue their journalistic work independently, and the fees agreed for ongoing upkeep of the data will ensure sustainability for the Retraction Watch team. A community call took place on September 27 to discuss the impact of this development on research integrity.  

Read the complete announcement and listen to the community conversation.

Funder identifiers, funding metadata, grants, and ROR

The Open Funder Registry (OFR) is a decade-long collaboration between Crossref and Elsevier, which lists and provides identifiers for grant-giving organisations. Since 2013, our members have included these funder identifiers and metadata, extracted from acknowledgments, in their publication records, which is evident in 25% of Crossref’s 150 million records. With the growth of funders joining Crossref to register grants and projects and with Crossref being a part of ROR’s operations team, there are  three aspects to our current thinking:

  • To improve the quality and completeness of funding metadata, we co-hosted a workshop with funders, publishers, and technical service providers to identify pain points and challenges. Everyone agreed this was a priority. Read the resulting report from co-hosts Hans de Jonge, Bianca Kramer, Ginny Hendricks, and Fabienne Michaud.
  • We announced that we will transition the Open Funder Registry over time into the Research Organization Registry (ROR). ROR’s broad governance and open curation process will improve our ability to accurately acknowledge the outcomes of awards and use of facilities over time. Read more from Amanda French and co..
  • Funders have now registered over 85,000 grants, projects, or facility uses with us. These now need to be collected at other parts of the workflow.

With ROR IDs and Crossref grant IDs, there is an easier opportunity for publishers and their technology partners to improve the quality of funding metadata in publication records.

Open Funder Registry merging with ROR on starting my new role at Crossref

Research Organization Registry (ROR) and Open Funder Registry (OFR) will be integrated to streamline processes, improve metadata registration, and link research outputs with funders. Because ROR is transparent and community-driven, its adoption is growing. Funder Registry users will move slowly to ROR, with new funding organizations registering solely with ROR identifiers once updates to the Open Funder Registry end. It will ultimately make workflows more efficient and less confusing for all parties involved

Learn more about Open Funder Registry merging with ROR 

2023 Board Election - it's time to cast your vote

Our Nominating Committee has presented 11 candidates from around 87 applications to take up the seven open seats on the Crossref Board of Directors, with two for large members and five for small/midsize members. Review their candidate statements and place your vote. If you have Crossref voting rights, you would’ve received an email on September 27 with instructions on how to vote. 

headshots of all candidates with Voting is open

Voting is open.

Join us for #Crossref2023

We invite you to join us for #Crossref2023, a conference-style event that will take place on October 31 from 9:30 a.m. UTC to 5:00 p.m. UTC. You can attend the sessions that interest you most. We will discuss our progress toward the Research Nexus vision, the latest schema in action, PKP's Crossref plugin for the latest version of OJS, and community updates. There will be product demonstrations, and the most important is the annual meeting and Board election, where the new board members will be announced. We'll wrap up with an 'Unplugged' session for conversation and reflect on the day. Looking forward to seeing you on Zoom! 

Save your seat

Crossref at Frankfurt Book Fair

We're happy to share that we'll be at the Frankfurt Book Fair again this year. Be sure to visit us at Stand G100 in Hall 4.0. Why should you stop by our stand? Come to chat about what we're doing in preserving the integrity of the scholarly record (ISR), community engagement, technical questions, metadata best practices, or if you're interested in collaborating or simply want to say 'hi,' drop by. See you there!

Book a 30-minute slot for an in-depth chat

Crossref at the Guadalajara International Book Fair

We're excited to announce that we will be exhibiting at the Guadalajara Book Fair from November 25 to November 29. We look forward to connecting with all of you. 

Stop by and visit us!

In case you missed it...

- Feedback on automatic digital preservation and self-healing DOIs - Crossref

- Peer Review Week 2023

OA.Works launches OA.Report for funders to analyze their impact

DataCite and others have drafted a “Guide for funders to support FAIR Workflows”. Please comment before October 15

You’ll find us online and in person...

Oct 18-22

Frankfurt Book Fair 2023

Oct 20

Lithuanian Periodical Press Conference

Oct 31

#Crossref annual meeting and board election

Nov 1

Better together webinar series together with DataCite and ORCID

Nov 25-Nov 29

Feria Internacional del Libro de Guadalajara (Guadalajara International Book Fair)

View all upcoming events

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