Advice for small publishers

We have thousands of small publisher members from all over the world. Being small-scale doesn’t limit your ability to connect your content with the global network of online scholarly research. Each Crossref member also gets to cast their vote to create a board that represents all types of organizations.

If you publish one journal or thousands, you’re welcome to join our growing community.


Find out more about what becoming a member involves. You may want to join Crossref directly, or you can also consider joining via one of our sponsors, who can provide technical, billing, language and administrative support to members (some may charge extra for this).

Our membership specialist can also help with any questions you may have about joining.


We have a number of simple-to-use tools that will help you register content, deposit and link references, and participate in other Crossref services.

Register your content

Everything submitted to the Crossref system is Crossref-formatted XML. Many members generate their own XML using our deposit schema (or have a vendor do it for them), but if you prefer to register content without using XML, you can do so in two ways:

  1. You can use our web deposit form. Choose the type of content you want to register and copy and paste in the details of your publications. We’ll then generate the XML for you and automatically register the content in our deposit system.
  2. You can also register and update your content through our Metadata Manager tool. This new tool is currently in beta and only for journal content. Metadata Manager supports both single and multiple journal deposits, allows multiple formats and deposit sizes, automatically validates the format of certain metadata elements, and processes your deposits immediately—in real time.

Providing robust, accurate metadata helps make your content more discoverable. You can easily track what metadata you have registered by visiting our Participation Reports and entering your organization name. These reports give a clear picture for anyone to see the metadata Crossref has.

Crossref is all about rallying the scholarly community to work together. Because of this, reference linking is an obligation for all Crossref members and for all current journal content. Reference linking means hyperlinking to Crossref DOIs when you create your citation list. This makes it possible for readers to follow a DOI link from the reference list of a published work to the location of the full-text document on a member’s publishing platform, building a network infrastructure that enhances scholarly communications on the web.

When your organization becomes a Crossref member, you can start to look up the DOIs for your references so that you can add the links to your articles’ reference lists, so that readers can always find the content they’re looking for (and find your content).

The simplest way to find DOIs for your reference lists is to use the Simple Text Query Form. Enter your reference lists and we’ll return any DOIs that match to them.

You can also use Crossref Metadata Search to match your references to DOIs. Just paste them into the link references form and we’ll return the matches we find.

Some new tools we’re working on will make this job easier too.

OJS user?

PKP and Crossref collaborate to help publishers and journals using Open Journal Systems take better advantage of Crossref services. Additionally, PKP can act as a Sponsor for OJS journals wishing to apply for Crossref membership, and is in some cases able to waive fees.

Read more about Crossref for OJS users.

DOI display

When registering your content with Crossref, you need to ensure your DOIs resolve to a page containing complete bibliographic information for the content with a link to—or information about—getting the full text of the content. You must include the DOI on the response page using Crossref DOI display guidelines, and use the DOI as the permanent link to the page. Note that Crossref never gives (and cannot give) access to your full-text - your access policy remains at your own discretion.

Payment methods

Your Content Registration fees will be invoiced quarterly. Invoices can be paid through our payment portal. In addition to credit card payments we also accept wires and checks. Questions about logging in or billing in general can be emailed to our finance team.

You can contact our membership specialist with any questions or to get set up, or you can get in touch with our technical support specialists for any technical or troubleshooting questions.

Page owner: Rachael Lammey   |   Last updated 2018-April-09