Agreement helps library publishers participate in CrossRef

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CrossRef and the California Digital Library (CDL) have signed an agreement that promises to open up a route for library publishers to participate in the scholarly communications hub created by CrossRef.

Through the agreement, publishers using CDL's EZID digital identifier service now may choose to deposit the metadata for their content in the CrossRef system. This move will enable them to use the full range of CrossRef services, including search and discovery, persistent linking, tracking of funding and licensing information, text and data mining, and more. As a CrossRef Sponsoring Publisher, EZID will handle the technical and administrative processes for its client publishers, which promises to reduce barriers to their CrossRef participation.

'Our goal is to maintain and preserve the scholarly citation system. When many RAs assign DOIs and provide different services for them, ensuring the interoperability of DOI systems is crucial. We're happy to be working with CDL to take this important step forward in integrating published scholarly documents from an increasingly diverse array of sources,' said CrossRef executive director Ed Pentz. 'By collaborating, EZID and CrossRef make it easier for everyone to find information about and use services for scholarly content.'

Rebecca Kennison, director, Center for Digital Research and Scholarship at Columbia University Libraries/Information Services, a participant in EZID, added: 'Sponsored memberships to CrossRef through the CDL open up new possibilities for smaller organisations and those who work with scholars to innovate at the fringes of new publication models, integrating the future of online publication as it assumes various forms. No longer an either-or proposition, membership with EZID for the creation of long-term identifiers for datasets, text, and more now works seamlessly with the cross-linking and research-and-discovery systems with which our partners in research and scholarship are already familiar.'