Sorbonne University unsubscribes from the Web of Science | Sorbonne Université

“Sorbonne University has been deeply committed to the promotion and the development of  open science for many years. According to its commitment to open research information, it has decided to discontinue its subscription to the Web of Science publication database and Clarivate bibliometric tools in 2024. By resolutely abandoning the use of proprietary bibliometric products, it is opening the way for open, free and participative tools.”

Better Together: PIDs and Open Science – Connections Make Science Open

“Join us for the third session of Better Together, a joint webinar series co-organized by Crossref, DataCite and ORCID. We are delighted to announce our featured speaker, Dr. Tiffany Straza, an Open Science Consultant in the Section of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy at UNESCO.

As addressed in the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science and UNESCO open science toolkit, Open Science infrastructures are key to the sustainability of Open Science. To make scientific research more accessible to everyone, the interoperability and reusability of research outputs associated with uniquely identified individuals are fundamental, which can be achieved via adopting PIDs across different research workflows, improving permanent and unrestricted access to the research community. In this session, we will discuss Open Science, the UNESCO Recommendations, and how connections between research outputs, organizations, and individuals can benefit different research workflows and save costs….”

Open science round-up: October 2023 – International Science Council

“The October 2023 Open Science Roundup is dedicated to International Open Access Week, a yearly celebration endorsing open access (OA) to scholarly output and creating a more equitable knowledge society. This month, we hear from Ginny Hendricks from Crossref on Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs)”.

Research Organization Registry (ROR) | How ROR and the Open Funder Registry Overlap: A Closer Look at the Data

“Following on the announcement that Crossref’s Open Funder Registry will be merging with ROR after 2024, we’d like to do a deep dive into the specifics of the evidence that ROR is ready to take on the important work that the Open Funder Registry has been doing: identifying research funders in a clean, consistent, comprehensive, and interoperable way. The main thing you need to know is that ROR’s data is up to the challenge. As of today, there is a corresponding ROR ID for over 94% of Funder ID assertions in both DataCite and Crossref DOI records….”

The Retraction Watch Database becomes completely open – and RW becomes far more sustainable

“Around that time we realized the world lacked a comprehensive database of retractions. We saw how many were missing from sources researchers used, whether PubMed, Web of Science, Scopus, or others – including Crossref, more about which I will say in a moment. We were cataloging them in spreadsheets ourselves, but couldn’t keep up.

The three foundations all agreed to support our work, not just the journalism, but to create what became The Retraction Watch Database, officially launched in 2018. Part of that funding was a grant to create a strategic plan for sustainability and growth. One of the pillars of that plan was licensing the Database to organizations – commercial and nonprofit – who could use it in products that would help researchers know when what they were reading had been retracted, among other purposes. 

Those license fees – along with other income, particularly individual donations and a subcontract from a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) – have kept Retraction Watch and The Center for Scientific Integrity running for several years. We are deeply grateful for the support and show of confidence they represent. 

But we also always wanted to make the Database available to as many people as possible, whether or not they had access to tools that licensed it, if we could find a financial model that did not rely on such fees. (We always provided the data free of charge to scholars studying retractions and related phenomena.)

Fast forward to today. We’re thrilled to announce that Crossref has acquired The Retraction Watch Database and will make it completely open and freely available….”

Crossref acquires Retraction Watch data and opens it for the scientific community

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. An agreement between the two organisations will allow Retraction Watch to keep the data populated on an ongoing basis and always open, alongside publishers registering their retraction notices directly with Crossref.

Open Funder Registry to transition into Research Organization Registry (ROR) – Crossref

“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. Crossref and ROR are therefore working together to ensure that Crossref members and funders can use ROR to simplify persistent identifier integrations, to register better metadata, and to help connect research outputs to research funders.

Just yesterday, we published a summary of a recent workshop between funders and publishers on funding metadata workflows that we convened with the Dutch Research Council (NWO) and Sesame Open Science. As the report notes, “open funding metadata is arguably the next big thing” [in Open Science]. That being the case, we think this is the ideal time to strengthen our support of open funding metadata by beginning this transition to ROR….”

Better Together: Improving Access to the Global Scholarly Record

“Join us for the second of the joint webinar series co-organized by DataCite, Crossref and ORCID. We will talk in-depth about who we are, our global equitable/participation/access programs, and how our organizations work together for the benefit of the scholarly community. The webinar will be presented in English and will last 90 minutes including time for Q&A. The slides and recording will be shared afterwards with all who register.”