The Crossref Curriculum

Setting up as a member

When you join as a Crossref member, you provide us with contact details for at least three different people at your organization. These people undertake five important roles to make your relationship with Crossref and the rest of the community a success.

  • The Business contact - this person will be our key contact at your organization. They receive product and service updates, and we contact about things like changes to terms or service agreements. They also receive our monthly resolution reports showing failed resolutions on your DOIs
  • The Voting contact - this person will vote in our Board elections. The Voting contact is often the same person as the Business contact
  • The Technical contact - this person will receive technical updates, DOI error reports, and conflict reports to help you solve problems with your content quickly
  • The Metadata contact - this person will be responsible for fixing any metadata errors that are spotted by the scholarly community
  • The Billing contact - this person will receive invoices from us and pay the annual membership and ongoing content registration fees.

After you’ve paid your membership fee, we set you up with your own unique prefix that you will use to create your DOIs. We’ll send you a Welcome email with your prefix, which includes your Crossref username and password that you’ll need to log in to our content registration systems. If you work with a third party (such as a platform provider or typesetter) to register your content with Crossref, let us know when you apply.

Last Updated: 2020 April 8 by Laura J. Wilkinson