Crossref makes research outputs easy to find, cite, link, and assess.
We’re a not-for-profit membership organization that exists to make scholarly communications better. We rally the community; tag and share metadata; run an open infrastructure; play with technology; and make tools and services—all to help put scholarly content in context.
It’s as simple—and as complicated—as that.
Getting the community working together to make scholarly communications better
Structuring, processing, and sharing metadata to reveal relationships between research outputs
Operating a shared, open infrastructure that is community-governed and evolves with changing needs
Engaging in debate and experimenting with technology to solve our members’ problems
Creating tools and services to enable connections and give context
These are the Crossref ‘truths’, the principles that guide everything we do. Read our truths page, with full descriptions for each.
We started in January 2000 with one employee, Ed Pentz, as Executive Director. Read about our history in Ed’s words. Since we started we’ve grown to (as of 2019) thirty eight people, 14128 members, coming from over 120 countries.
Read our background story, with an overview of our current services, in this document:
We are a not-for-profit organization, registered in the United States of America as a 501©6 (a “trade association”). We are sustained by annual membership fees that are tiered according to size of publishing revenue. We also charge a content registration fee for each item of content whose metadata is deposited with us. We also provide both free and paid-for metadata delivery options for access to this metadata.
Members can and do participate in many ways and contribute to our global network of linked scholarly content.
We are governed by sixteen of our members that form our board serving three-year terms. We invite from each of the elected sixteen organizations, one main person as board member, and one alternate person. We also have other committees that help us set fees and policies, audit us, and an Executive Committee that meets more regularly and supports the Executive Director in making some decisions.
You can read more about our finances and governance as well as what we worked on most recently, by viewing our annual report.
Crossref supports the Workplace Equity Project which is capturing data on workplace experience and practice throughout the scholarly publishing community.
Crossref was awarded the SOC 2® accreditation in 2017 after an independent assessment of our controls and procedures by the American Institute of CPA’s (AICPA).
The SOC 2® accreditation is awarded to service organizations that have passed standard trust services criteria relating to the security, availability, and processing integrity of systems used to process users’ data and the confidentiality and privacy of the information processed by these systems.
The AICPA’s assessment also reviewed our vendor management programs, internal corporate governance and risk management processes, and regulatory oversight.
Please contact our outreach team with any questions.
These are the Crossref truths. These are the principles that guide us in everything we do. They were tested with members and adopted by our board in 2016. We tweaked and added “What you see, what you get” in 2017. Come one, come all We define publishing broadly. If you communicate research and care about preserving the scholarly record, join us. We are a global community of members with content in all disciplines, in many formats, and with all kinds of business models.
Crossref is registered as Publishers International Linking Association, Inc. (PILA) in New York, USA. You can view our certificate of incorporation and by laws. We have tax exempt status in the US as a 501(c)6 organization. Here is our antitrust policy (pdf) and our conflict of interest policy (pdf). The board of directors governs Crossref. They meet three times a year and oversee the organization, set its strategic direction and make sure that Crossref fulfills its mission.
Come work at Crossref. It’ll be fun! Help us achieve our mission to make research outputs easier to find, cite, link, and assess. We’re a small but mighty group working with 14128 members from 120 countries, and we have thousands of tools and services relying on our metadata. We take our work seriously but usually not ourselves. We have offices in Oxford, UK, and Lynnfield, MA, USA, but actively seek remote/home-based people too.
An archive of all our official news announcements since Crossref’s formation in 1999. Please also check out our blog, and contact our communications team with any questions. Latest news 05 June 2018, Crossref facilitates the use of essential peer review information for scholarly communications 15 November 2017, Crossref introduces new Metadata APIs ‘Plus’ service offering new features and richer metadata 02 November 2016, Crossref now accepts preprints 17 May 2016, Crossref Publishers deliver win for clinical trial openness 05 May 2016, Crossref to accept preprints in change to long-standing policy 29 October 2015, ORCID launches Crossref and DataCite Auto-Update 20 August 2015, Crossref Strengthens Product Focus with Appointment of Jennifer Lin to its Management Team 26 March 2015, Crossref Extends Management Team, Appoints Ginny Hendricks To Focus on Member and Community Outreach News archive +- News from 2013 to 2014 2014 12 November 2014, Inera and Crossref Win Top Prize at the NEPCo Awards 10 November 2014, Crossref and DataCite announce new initiative to accelerate the adoption of DOIs for data publication and citation 2 October 2014, The Public Knowledge Project and Crossref Collaborate to Improve Services for Publishers using Open Journal Systems 5 August 2014, Crossref and California Digital Library Agreement Extends Discoverability of Scholarly Publications 29 May 2014, Crossref Text and Data Mining Services Simplify Researcher Access 6 May 2014, Atypon Integrates Crossref’s Crossmark Service in Literatum 14.
We are a small team of jovial and diverse individuals who all share the common goal of moving walls… literally and figuratively. There is an open atmosphere where we all take an honest approach to our work. We also like to have fun, whether it’s having a meeting in the Play room, or battling it out in the bowling alley at our team outings. Click through to read more about a person, and take a look at our organization chart too.
Here is an overview of our team’s structure, also take a look at our people directory and click through to read about each of our roles and interests.
Finding ways to help organizations participate in our services is an important part of what we exist to do. We know that cost and technical capabilities can be barriers to participation, and we aim to provide assistance with these in a number of ways: Sponsor arrangement. Our Sponsoring Organizations can help members join Crossref by providing billing, technical and administrative support. The Sponsoring Organization pays a membership fee to cover the organizations it works with (some may charge for the services they offer).
We like to share information about our operations in a transparent way, in keeping with Our truths. Here is our latest annual report. It includes information from each Director and our board’s Chair and Treasurer. It also gives data of both the metadata and financial varieties, and includes related governance information. Download this latest annual report as a PDF. Please contact our outreach team if you have any questions.