We are Crossref, a not-for-profit membership organization for scholarly publishing working to make content easy to find, cite, link, and assess. We do it in five ways: rallying the community; tagging metadata; running a shared infrastructure; playing with new technology; and making tools and services to improve research communications.
It’s as simple—and as complicated—as that.
in 2016 we created the Crossref ‘truths’, the principles that guide us. Read our truths in full.
We started in January 2000 with one employee, Ed Pentz, as Executive Director. Read the story of our history in Ed’s words. Since we started we’ve grown to (as of early 2017) around thirty people, more than 7000 members, coming from over 112 different countries. The fastest growing publishing countries are South Korea, Russia, Brazil, Turkey, India, Indonesia, and China.
We are a not-for-profit organization, registered in the United States of America as a 501©6 (a “trade association”). We are sustained by annual membership fees that are tiered according to size of publishing revenue. We also charge a content registration fee for each item of content whose metadata is deposited with us. We also provide both free and paid-for metadata delivery options for access to this metadata.
Members can and do participate in many ways and contribute to our global network of linked scholarly content.
We are governed by sixteen of our members that form our board serving three-year terms. We invite from each of the elected sixteen organizations, one main person as board member, and one alternate person. We also have other committees that help us set fees and policies, audit us, and an Executive Committee that meets more regularly and supports the Executive Director in making some decisions.
You can read more about our finances and governance as well as what we worked on most recently, by viewing our annual report.
Crossref was awarded the SOC 2® accreditation in 2017 after an independent assessment of our controls and procedures by the American Institute of CPA’s (AICPA).
The SOC 2® accreditation is awarded to service organizations that have passed standard trust services criteria relating to the security, availability, and processing integrity of systems used to process users’ data and the confidentiality and privacy of the information processed by these systems.
The AICPA’s assessment also reviewed our vendor management programs, internal corporate governance and risk management processes, and regulatory oversight.
Please contact our outreach team with any questions.
These are the Crossref truths. They were tested with members and approved by our board in 2016. They are the principles that guide us in everything we do. Smart alone, brilliant together Collaboration is at the core of everything we do. Our focus is on things that are best achieved by working together. We involve the community through active working groups and committees. If you publish, you’re a publisher We are a global community of members, large and small, who publish scholarly content in all disciplines and in many formats.
Crossref is registered as Publishers International Linking Association, Inc. (PILA) in New York, USA. You can view our certificate of incorporation and by laws. We have tax exempt status in the US as a 501(c)6 organization. Here is our antitrust policy and our conflict of interest policy. The board of directors governs Crossref. They meet three times a year and oversee the organization, set its strategic direction and make sure that Crossref fulfills its mission.
An archive of all our public announcements since our formation in 1999. Please also check out our blog. Jump to the following years to see earlier news: 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 Please contact our communications team with any media questions. 2016 02 November 2016: Crossref now accepts preprints 17 May 2016: Crossref Publishers deliver win for clinical trial openness 05 May 2016: Crossref to accept preprints in change to long-standing policy
We are a small team of jovial and diverse individuals who all share the common goal of moving walls… literally and figuratively. There is an open atmosphere where we all take an honest approach to our work. We also like to have fun, whether it’s having a meeting in the Play room, or battling it out in the bowling alley at our team outings. We contribute to numerous industry initiatives through other organizations’ working groups, committees, and by speaking at conferences on a range of topics.
In 2015, fifteen years after launching, we rebranded to reflect the growth of services we offer and the broad community groups we interact with. Many of our members and partners like to use our logos in their communications, promoting how they’re contributing to scholarly infrastructure. So we’ve put together these guidelines to make it easier. Thank you for following them. Animation introducing our new brand Brand guide
We like to share information about our operations in a transparent way, in keeping with Our truths. Here is our latest annual report. It includes information from each Director and our board’s Chair and Treasurer. It also gives data of both the metadata and financial varieties, and includes related governance information. Download this latest annual report as a PDF. Please contact our outreach team if you have any questions.