Crossref launches Global Equitable Membership programme | Research Information

“To enable organisations from the least financially-advantaged countries to participate in the global community documenting the progress of scholarship, Crossref announces a program of free membership and content registration. 

Crossref, whose vision is a rich and reusable open scholarly record that the global community can build on forever, for the benefit of society, announces that, starting in January, organisations located in any of 58 countries on its curated list will be eligible to join as full members, and register their content and related metadata free of charge. The new scheme is known as the Global Equitable Membership (GEM) programme, and it will be available for new organisations and automatically applied to 187 existing members….”

Scholastica announces integration with the latest version of Crossref Similarity Check (iThenticate V2)

“Scholastica, a leading software solutions provider for academic journals, announced today that their Peer Review System now includes the option to integrate with the latest version of Crossref’s Similarity Check plagiarism detection service (powered by iThenticate V2)….”

Moving On: My Infrastructural Turn | Martin Paul Eve, Professor of Literature, Technology and Publishing

by Martin Paul Eve

The next few months mark a series of “10”s for me. On the 10th September, it will be 10 years since my Ph.D. viva. In November, it will be 10 years since I got my first lecturing position (TT Assistant Prof) at the University of Lincoln. It’s 10 years since I met Dr Caroline Edwards and we began publishing Alluvium together. And it’s 10 years since we began planning the Open Library of Humanities.

The times they are, as Dylan said, a-changing. I have some professional news. I am delighted to say that I will be joining Crossref as Principal R&D Developer at the end of this year. This is a great move for me, allowing me to continue my development work around metadata and scholarly communications while having space to do a deep dive into the infrastructural technologies that underpin contemporary academic publishing.

As is customary, I also wanted to use this opportunity to give a few notes on why I (an apparently successful and productive academic) am making this move. I should note that I am retaining my Professorship at Birkbeck, University of London; an institution that I am proud to represent and serve. For 200 years this College of the University of London has provided education to people to whom it was traditionally denied. This has never been more vital and remains core to my ethos. I will continue to supervise Ph.D. students in my areas. But I also want, at this point, to do something different and to get my hands dirty in research and development. I’ve realised, over the past few months, how much I enjoy technical development projects and that I would like to spend more of my time working on them.



The growth of open peer review – Leiden Madtrics

“To what extent have ideas on open peer review developed by Godlee and others been realized over the past two decades? There is no straightforward answer to this question, since the availability of systematic data on peer review practices is limited. In this blog post, we use data from Crossref to offer some partial insights into the growing popularity of open peer review…..

As shown in Figure 2, Publons is by far the largest contributor of peer review records in Crossref, accounting for two-third of all records. A large majority of these records are linked to journal articles published by Wiley. Indeed, Wiley has made a considerable effort to promote open peer review (referred to as transparent peer review by Wiley). Other important contributors of peer review records in Crossref are PeerJ and eLife….

Copernicus and F1000 are special cases. Copernicus offers an integrated platform that publishes both journal articles and preprints as well as the associated review reports. Likewise, F1000 provides a platform that publishes multiple versions of an article, including the review reports for each version. Because of their special nature, we present statistics for Copernicus and F1000 separately from the statistics reported above. Peer review records for Copernicus and F1000 aren’t included in Figures 1, 2, and 3….”

Principal R&D Developer (Closing date: July 05, 2022) | Crossref

Help us research, prototype, and build new services for our members and the community.

Location: Remote. But we are looking for somebody in +/- 2 UTC Time zones (e.g. Brazil, Ireland, UK, Scandinavia, Central Europe, West/Central Africa)
Salary: Between 80K-124K EUR (or equivalent) depending on experience and location. Benchmarked every two years.
Benefits: Competitive.
Reports to: Director of Technology and Research.
Closing date: July 5, 2022