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CrossRef Launches FundRef to Track Scholarly Funding
FundRef, CrossRef’s funder identification service, is now available after the completion of a successful pilot phase in 2012. CrossRef, operated by the Publishers International Linking Association, Inc., provides reference linking services to scholarly books, articles, conference proceedings, and other reference materials. Publisher members can now add funders’ names and grant or award numbers to the metadata they submit to CrossRef.
FundRef is an extension of the search capabilities CrossRef already has in place: Members can access FundRef for free through CrossRef’s search engine. Searchers can also parse their queries using CrossRef Metadata Search.
Through FundRef, organizations can see which scholarly publications receive their funding, publishers can analyze which sources of funding are most successful, and readers can see what organizations sponsored the articles they search.
Providing funding data as a search result is a “key step forward,” according to Walter Warnick, the U.S. Department of Energy office of science and technical information director. The Department of Energy can offer a new level of transparency in showing where its funding goes so that both Congress and the public can view its contributions to scholarly materials.
“CrossRef’s existing metadata collection and distribution infrastructure has been leveraged to provide a missing piece of the research funding puzzle. … Readers will be able to view funding information in a standard way,” says Ed Pentz, CrossRef's executive director.
Source: Publishers International Linking Association, Inc.
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