Fee assistance

Finding ways to help organizations participate in our services is an important part of what we 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). Contact member@crossref.org if you are interested in working with one of our sponsors.

  • Donated deposit fees. We waive deposit fees for members in certain lower income countries who join under three of our sponsors (specifically African Journals Online (AJOL), INASP and their JOLs initiatives, and the Public Knowledge Project).

  • Development/integration for OJS. As the majority of our members in our lowest fee categories use Open Journal Systems (OJS), we understand the importance of supporting this critical piece of technical infrastructure. We collaborate with the Public Knowledge Project (PKP) on OJS development work, funding the development of the OJS/Crossref Plugin (OJS 2.4.8+) for content registration. We are contributing to further development to integrate more Crossref services with OJS.

What more could we do?

In future we’d like to be able to accept payment in some local currencies, and even set fees for certain currencies. We’re also working to better support members in languages other than English.

As a US-registered organization, we’re not legally allowed to have members in (currently) five sanctioned countries:

  • Cuba
  • Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
  • Iran
  • Sudan
  • Syria

In order to meet our ‘truthCome one, come all, we actively look for ways to be more inclusive and level the playing field for all countries. So please get in touch if you have suggestions on how we might do more.


Contact our member experience team with any questions.

Last Updated: 2018 June 1 by Ginny Hendricks