Crossref acquires Retraction Watch data and opens it for the scientific community Agreement to combine and publicly distribute data about tens of thousands of retracted research papers, and grow the service together
12th September 2023 —– The Center for Scientific Integrity, the organisation behind the Retraction Watch blog and database, and Crossref, the global infrastructure underpinning research communications, both not-for-profits, announced today that the Retraction Watch database has been acquired by Crossref and made a public resource.
Today, we are announcing a long-term plan to deprecate the Open Funder Registry. For some time, we have understood that there is significant overlap between the Funder Registry and the Research Organization Registry (ROR), and funders and publishers have been asking us whether they should use Funder IDs or ROR IDs to identify funders. It has therefore become clear that merging the two registries will make workflows more efficient and less confusing for all concerned.
Ten years on from the launch of the Open Funder Registry (OFR, formerly FundRef), there is renewed interest in the potential of openly available funding metadata through Crossref. And with that: calls to improve the quality and completeness of that data. Currently, about 25% of Crossref records contain some kind of funding information. Over the years, this figure has grown steadily. A number of recent publications have shown, however, that there is considerable variation in the extent to which publishers deposit these data to Crossref.
My name is Johanssen Obanda. I joined Crossref in February 2023 as a Community Engagement Manager to look after the Ambassadors program and help with other outreach activities. I work remotely from Kenya, where there is an increasing interest in improving the exposure of scholarship by Kenyan researchers and ultimately by the wider community of African researchers. In this blog, I’m sharing the experience and insights of my first 4 months in this role.
The grant registration form can be used to deposit metadata for grant records. You do not need any knowledge of XML to use it. You can save your grant records to your local machine and upload to the form later to make edits. You can also save partial records to be used as templates in the future.
How to use the grant registration form
Start at the grants registration form and choose to create a new record or load a record you’ve already created using this form. If this is the first time you’ve used this form, you’ll choose New Record.
Create a new record
Give your grant record a name. This is the name for the file you’ll download to your computer for future edits or use - so make it something descriptive and useful, like the grant number. This name doesn’t get deposited with Crossref or appear in any metadata.
Add the metadata associated with your grant.
Download your record to your local computer for future edits. The form will download as a .json file, with the name you gave it in the beginning.
Submit your record
Click submit at the bottom of the form, and enter your Crossref account credentials. The submission will be made immediately and a success message will appear on the screen. You can also download the record from this page.
Load a saved record
If you’ve used this form before to create a grant record, you can load your saved copy to make edits and redeposit. Start at the grants registration form and choose Load Record. Select the appropriate .json file from your computer and click Open. Note: the record you load must be a .json file previously downloaded from the grant registration form.
Once the form is loaded, you can make edits to it, download a new version to your local machine, and submit your record to update the metadata with us.
Create a template
You can partially complete a form and download it for use as a template in the future. As an example, your depositor information (name, email address) and funder information (funder name, funder ID) is likely to be the same across all submissions, so you might complete just those parts of the form, download the record, and load it each time you need to submit a grant record.
Page owner: Sara Bowman | Last updated 2022-December-07