Earlier this year, Ginny posted an exciting update on Crossref’s progress with adopting ROR, the Research Organization Registry for affiliations, announcing that we’d started the collection of ROR identifiers in our metadata input schema. 🦁
The capacity to accept ROR IDs to help reliably identify institutions is really important but the real value comes from their open availability alongside the other metadata registered with us, such as for publications like journal articles, book chapters, preprints, and for other objects such as grants.
Event Data is our service to capture online mentions of Crossref records. We monitor data archives, Wikipedia, social media, blogs, news, and other sources. Our main focus has been on gathering data from external sources, however we know that there is a great deal of Crossref metadata that can be made available as events. Earlier this year we started adding relationship metadata, and over the last few months we have been working on bringing in citations between records.
Tl;dr: Metadata for the (currently 26,000) grants that have been registered by our funder members is now available via the REST API. This is quite a milestone in our program to include funding in Crossref infrastructure and a step forward in our mission to connect all.the.things. This post gives you all the queries you might need to satisfy your curiosity and start to see what’s possible with deeper analysis. So have the look and see what useful things you can discover.
Update on the outage of October 6th. In my blog post on October 6th, I promised an update on what caused the outage and what we are doing to avoid it happening again. This is that update.
Crossref hosts its services in a hybrid environment. Our original services are all hosted in a data center in Massachusetts, but we host new services with a cloud provider. We also have a few R&D systems hosted with Hetzner.
Cited-by gives our members full access to citations, helping them to build a picture of how research has been received by the community.
Scholars use citations to critique and build on existing research, acknowledging the contributions of others. Members can include references in their metadata deposits which Crossref uses to create links between works that cite each other. The number of citations each work receives is visible to anyone through our public APIs. Through our Cited-by service, members who deposit references for their content can retrieve and display itemized lists of works that cite their own.
Members who use this service are helping readers to:
easily navigate to related research,
see how the work has been received by the wider community, and
explore how ideas evolve over time by highlighting connections between works.
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Cited-by begins with depositing references as part of the metadata records for your content. Learn more about depositing references.
A member registers content for a work, the citing paper. This metadata deposit includes the references list. Crossref automatically checks these references for matches to other registered content. If this is successful, a citation is created.
Crossref logs the citations and updates the citation counts for each work. You can retrieve citation counts through our public APIs. Members who deposit references can sign up for the Cited-by service to retrieve the full list of citing works (not just the count), and can display them on their website. Cited-by complements citation counts by allowing access to the detail of each citation, even in cases where members have have chosen to set their references to limited or closed.
Note that citations from Crossref may differ from those provided by other services because we only look for links between Crossref-registered works and use a different matching algorithm.
Obligations and fees for Cited-by
Participation in Cited-by is optional, but encouraged
There is no charge for Cited-by
You must include references when you register content in order to be eligible for Cited-by
You only retrieve Cited-by metadata for your own content.
Best practice for Cited-by
Because citations can happen at any time, Cited-by links must be kept up-to-date. Members should either check regularly for new citations or (if performing XML queries) set the alert attribute to true. This means the search will be saved in the system and you’ll get an alert when there is a new match.
Also in the metadata is the number of citations a work has received, under the tag "is-referenced-by-count".
However, to retrieve the full list of citations for your own works, you need to register for Cited-by. While anyone can use an API query to see the number of citations a work has received, through Cited-by the member who deposited the work can retrieve a list of citing DOIs. Details of the citing works can be displayed on your website alongside the article.
In addition, Cited-by users can receive callback notifications or emails informing them when one of their works has been cited.