August 2023 newsletter



Get ready for our annual online meeting and board election on October 31. Also, feedback on our R&D team’s new project and tools, read about Johanssen Obanda's experience as our Community Engagement Manager, and learn about our membership growth trends.

Feel free to drop me a line anytime—happy to hear your feedback!


Save the date of our Annual Meeting and Board Election 2023

Mark your calendars to join us online on October 31. In this full day meeting, you can learn about the progress being made towards the Research Nexus vision, and tools we’ve got in store to help it along. Share your perspective on maintaining, curating and using metadata in the scholarly ecosystem – in flash talks and discussions. At this point, we invite your thoughts on the discussion topics to cover. Finally, hear the results and meet the newly elected Board. And join us for some less formal chats at our party after.  

See full details at the event page

Request for comment: Automatic digital preservation and self-healing DOIs

We understand the importance of digital preservation for identifiers that promise persistence, like DOIs, and want to ensure that scholarly content remains accessible even if a member shuts down or faces technical issues. That's why we're launching "Project Op Cit," a system to automatically deposit content in reputable archives and provide access options to users. We would love input from digital preservation librarians and members to improve it, by mid-August.

Read how you can contribute your feedback

Perspectives: My thoughts on starting my new role at Crossref

Johanssen Obanda, our new Community Engagement Manager, has brought many insights to Crossref since joining us in February 2023. Having gained community-building and social innovation skills at AfricArXiv, he has leveraged these capabilities to enhance our global Ambassadors program. In addition, he is particularly enthusiastic about Crossref’s emphasis on broad global participation, such as through the GEM Program

Read more about Obanda’s journey 

Research & Development: Releasing our tools from the ground up

Our R&D team is at the forefront of innovation, building prototypes and data-mining applications to advance scholarly research. We believe in open collaboration and have released code libraries like CLAWS, Longsight, and Distrunner to facilitate AWS interactions, observability, and decentralized data processing. We invite contributions from the community as we strive for accessible and reusable solutions. Stay tuned for future updates on exciting projects and technologies developed by Crossref Labs! 

Read more about the tools we’re building in Labs

Membership update: looking at trends and celebrating community diversification and global growth

So far in 2023, we have welcomed 1382 new members. 40% of them self-identify as universities or research institutes. The rest are made up of small societies, emerging publishers, museums, libraries - and 74 government agencies! As is typical of the last few years, Indonesia leads with the most new members (355), followed next by Turkey, India, Brazil, South Korea, United States, Pakistan, and the United Kingdom. We’ve seen a jump in membership from organisations in Ecuador, Argentina, and China. And we are delighted at the growing numbers from Nepal, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Bangladesh, and Ghana, all making good use of the recently-introduced Global Equitable Membership (GEM) Program. We recently offered a webinar to our new members to support them in adopting best practices that will contribute to a robust and open scholarly ecosystem globally. 

Watch the Webinar for New Members

Enhance the impact of your research by registering your references

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Registering your references with Crossref isn't just good practice; it amplifies the reach and visibility of your research. You're enabling easier discovery and interaction by linking your work to a global network of scholarly content. It's about ensuring your research plays its part in the wider academic conversation. Register your references with Crossref today. 

In case you missed it...

- The Public Knowledge Project has released Open Journal System (OJS) version V3.4!

- Metadata connects the global community: a mid-year update

- Attempts at automating journal subject classification

- Launch of the new ‘Open Access Journals Tookit’, by DOAJ and OASPA

- RDA webinar: Expanding Scholix to support software: your input required by Rachael Lammey

- FORCE2023: Breaking Down the Barriers to Global Engagement – Some Lessons Learned with Susan Collins, Lorin Jackson, Lombe Tembo, Gabi Mejias, Mary Beth Barilla

- FORCE2023: Supporting Software Citation Without Reinventing the Wheel by Rachael Lammey and Helena Cousijn

You’ll find us online and in person...

Aug 30-Sep 28

Better Together’ webinar series for Asia Pacific regions - by DataCite, ORCID, and Crossref

Sep 11

PKP Software Sprint 2023

Sep 11-13

Make Data Count summit

Sep 13-15

ALPSP Conference

Oct 20

Lithuanian Periodical Press conference

Oct 31

SAVE THE DATE: Crossref Annual Meeting and Board Election #Crossref2023

View all upcoming events

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