March 2022 newsletter



We have a few updates to share with you including how we’re progressing with our commitment to the POSI principles; Dominika reveals some learnings about linking research grants to outputs; we’re facilitating the new ROR Sustaining Supporters program; Fabienne is looking for input on a new idea to create a registry of editorial boards; Jennifer shares how we're helping to improve metadata; and our ambassador, Bruna Erlandsson, talks about scholarly communications in Brazil in the first installment of our new ‘Perspectives’ series.

POSI fan tutte

In 2021, Crossref's board adopted the Principles of Open Scholarly Infrastructure (POSI)—a set of concrete commitments and practices—to ensure that our infrastructure would remain safeguarded for the long term. We are happy to say that we’ve improved since last year as our governance has broadened to include a funder on the board, and we have clarified open data licenses.

Geoffrey shares an update on our progress to meet the POSI principles

Follow the money, or how to link grants to research outputs

Now that more than 30 research funders have joined Crossref to register grants, our R&D group conducted some analysis to match grants to outputs. This is still early, and article or book metadata does not typically contain grant DOIs (yet!) so the identifiers alone are not enough to make any meaningful matches. However, we did manage to look at award numbers and while that metadata is often messy, we show some examples of where grants have been linked to research outputs. This is an exciting step forward in our Research Nexus vision to connect all things.

Read more about Dominika’s findings and recommendations for future improvement

Announcing the ROR Sustaining Supporters Program

ROR is a vital part of the Research Nexus, our vision for an open and fully connected research ecosystem. Research affiliations can be identified, shared, and linked across different types of research. Crossref collaborates with California Digital Library and DataCite to support and guide the ROR initiative for an open and community-driven infrastructure for scholarly communications. In addition, since the launch of ROR's Sustaining Supporters program, our members can contribute directly to ROR via Crossref.

Consider supporting ROR and helping to fund open community-led infrastructure

A Registry of Editorial Boards - a new trust signal for scholarly communications?

It's not always easy to find information on who is on a journal's editorial board but it can be useful information when evaluating or assessing journals. Therefore, we're proposing the creation of an open registry of editorial boards. As we explore the idea, we would like to fully understand the community's needs and how members would like to contribute to registering and maintaining editorial board metadata. Please let us know your thoughts and experience with editorial boards by completing this brief survey within the next few days. 

Fabienne explains what we have in mind for the Registry of Editorial Boards

Perspectives: Bruna Erlandsson on scholarly communications in Brazil

This is our first post for our Perspectives series where we meet different members of our diverse community and learn more about them and their experiences in the scholarly research landscape. Meet Bruna Erlandsson, co-owner of Linceu Editorial, and client services manager at ABEC Brasil, who has dedicated her career to scholarly publishing and has worked with Crossref for many years. 

Read and listen to what Bruna has about scholarly communications in Brazil

With a little help from your Crossref friends: Better metadata

Our open APIs enable metadata to be used throughout research and scholarly communications before and after records are registeredmatching references to DOIs is very common, for example.  Once our members and their service providers send us their metadata, we do some behind-the-scenes work to add context and relationships.  We check and report on metadata by, for example, providing monthly reports of the number of failed and successful resolutions for each member’s DOIs and adding citation counts to our API. We handle things like title transfers and URL updates for records triggered for digital preservation. We are also looking at matching grants to outputs and how we might determine subject classifications for work-level records.

Learn more about what Crossref is doing to improve metadata

Outage of March 24, 2022

We had a large data center outage that lasted 17 hours, making all Crossref services unavailable, including our main website, our content registration system, our reports, and our APIs. The outage was related to the data center we are trying to leave, but we had a backup connection that didn’t activate. Don’t forget you can follow updates on where we post frequent updates on such incidents. 

Geoffrey leads the apology for the interruption

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