The Crossref Curriculum

Choosing a content registration method

A big decision to make as a new member is which of our content registration methods to use. There are six ways to register content with us: three helper tools which will convert your text-based information into XML, and three ways to deposit metadata as XML. It’s up to you which method you choose, but if you aren’t comfortable writing XML, choose one of the helper tools.

Helper tools

  • Web deposit form - you can use this form to register metadata for journals, books, conference proceedings, reports, and dissertations.
  • Crossref XML plugin for OJS (Open Journal Systems) - you can use this helper tool if you’re using the Open Journal Systems publishing platform.
  • Metadata Manager (beta) - our new Metadata Manager tool is currently in beta and can only be used with journal content, but it offers a simple way to register and update metadata, for both single and multiple deposits.

Direct deposit of XML

Quick guide to choosing your content registration method

Use this chart to choose the best option for you:

Quick guide to choosing your content registration method illustration of the Helper tools and Direct deposit of XML options above

Which content types can you register through which deposit method?

Content type / Deposit method Metadata Manager Web deposit form Crossref XML plugin for OJS Direct deposit of XML
Books and chapters No Yes No (OJS is a journal platform) Yes
Conference proceedings No Yes No (OJS is a journal platform) Yes
Datasets No No No (OJS is a journal platform) Yes
Dissertations No Yes No (OJS is a journal platform) Yes
Journals and articles Yes Yes Yes Yes
Peer reviews No No No (OJS is a journal platform) Yes
Posted content (including preprints) No No No (OJS is a journal platform) Yes
Reports and working papers No Yes No (OJS is a journal platform) Yes
Standards No No No (OJS is a journal platform) Yes
Documentation for this deposit method Metadata Manager Web deposit form Crossref XML plugin for OJS Direct deposit of XML

Which deposit methods can I use to register pending publications?

Metadata Manager Web deposit form Crossref XML plugin for OJS XML (via the web deposit form, admin tool, or HTTPS POST)
Pending publication No No No Yes

Last Updated: 2020 April 8 by Laura J. Wilkinson