Become a member

Membership of Crossref allows you to connect your content with a global network of online scholarly research, currently over 14,000 other organizational members from 140 countries. It’s so much more than just getting a DOI; check out the key benefits of membership. You don’t need to be a member to use others' metadata; head over to read more about our open metadata retrieval tools.

Are you eligible?

Many types of organizations register their research outputs with us. You could be a research institution, a publisher, a government agency, a research funder, or a museum! In order to become a member and register metadata about your content and materials, you’ll need to meet the criteria set out in our membership terms approved by our governing board:

Membership in Crossref is open to organizations that produce professional and scholarly materials and content.

You also have the option to join Crossref through a Sponsor who will act on your behalf to register metadata and support you with access to our other services. Take a look at our current Sponsors list If you wish to work with a Sponsor, don’t fill out our application for membership - instead get in contact with your chosen Sponsor who will handle that for you.

Some of the key commitments you’ll make when becoming a member, are:

  • Deposit metadata and create DOI links for all journal content published after joining.
  • Maintain and update your metadata and landing pages for the long term. You’ll update URLs associated with all your records, redepositing metadata if your content moves.
  • Ensure that your DOI links resolve to a page containing complete bibliographic information with a link to (information about accessing) the full-text.
  • You must include the DOI on the landing page (and wherever else you communicate the work) using our display guidelines, and use the DOI as the permanent link to the page.
  • Actively maximize links with other Crossref members by linking out from your reference lists, databases, and tools.

Please read the full membership terms before applying.

How much does membership cost?

All members pay an annual membership fee, which is tiered depending on your publishing revenue/expenses. The tiers start at USD 275.00. Your first year’s membership fee is due before your account can be activated. You’ll receive an invoice soon after applying, and then each and every year in January.

Once you’re a member, we give you a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) prefix which will form the stem of links to all your metadata records. You create the suffixes of your DOIs as you register your items in our system. There is a fee for each record you create. Fees vary per record type (books, research grants, preprints, etc.). Review the Content Registration fees for more detail. These fees are invoiced quarterly in arrears.

So you’ll get an annual invoice for membership—payable upfront—as well as quarterly invoices for the records you register with us.

Ready to apply? We’re happy to hear from you!

Apply here.


Please contact us if you have any questions about joining as a member.

Page owner: Amanda Bartell   |   Last updated 2021-April-30