The Crossref Curriculum

Maintaining your metadata

Once you start depositing metadata with Crossref, maintaining it is key to keeping it clean, complete, and up-to-date:

  • Clean: identify and correct any errors.
  • Complete: add information for additional fields, and don’t forget to do this for your backfiles too.
  • Up-to-date: metadata may change over time, such as when a URL is updated, so make sure your metadata is updated with these changes.

Examples of metadata maintenance tasks

There’s no charge to update or add extra metadata to existing DOIs. These maintenance tasks will ensure that your metadata is accurate and complete. Richer metadata makes your content more discoverable, and allows you to make the most of your Crossref membership.

Last Updated: 2020 April 8 by Laura J. Wilkinson