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CrossRef Launches CrossMark Update Identification Service
CrossRef, a not-for-profit membership association of publishers, launched the CrossMark update identification service. The CrossMark system will alert researchers to important changes that may occur to published scholarly content and will highlight important publication record information. The CrossMark service has been piloted by several CrossRef member publishers for the past year.
Clicking on the CrossMark logo launches a pop-up box that provides status information, for example, that the document is up-to-date, or that it has a correction, update, retraction, or other change that could affect the interpretation or crediting of the work. It also provides a permanent link, via the CrossRef Digital Object Identifier (DOI), to both the publisher-maintained version of the content and the update. Another tab in the box can include optional publication record information, which is nonbibliographic data that is useful for the reader. It may include information on peer review, publication history, funding disclosures, links to associated datasets, or rights.
The cost of the CrossMark system will be borne by the CrossRef participating publishers, with the result that the status and publication record information will be openly available to readers, libraries, and any organization that might find the data useful. Almost 20,000 documents from 21 journals have live CrossMark logos on their websites, and working logos will be added to these journals’ PDF files shortly. Of those documents, 290 have noted updates.
The publishers who have implemented CrossMark to date include a diverse representation of CrossRef members: small international open access publishers, large commercial publishers, established society publishers, and university presses. The following publishers have live CrossMark links on their sites:
- Elsevier Science
- International Union for Crystallography
- Oxford University Press
- The Royal Society
- Vilnius Gediminas Technical University
Several additional members of the CrossMark pilot group, including Wiley-Blackwell and IEEE, are also working on their implementations. A gallery of examples is available on the CrossMark website.
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