Code of conduct

At Crossref, we assume that most people are intelligent and well-intended, and we’re not inclined to tell people what to do. However, we want every Crossref event to be a safe and productive environment for everyone. To that end, this code of conduct spells out the behavior we support and don’t support at events and conferences. The core of our approach is this: We don’t condone harassment or offensive behavior, at our events and conference venues or anywhere. It’s counter to our organization’s values. More importantly, it’s counter to our values as human beings.

We’re voicing our strong, unequivocal support of appropriate behavior by all participants at Crossref events.

We invite you to help us make each Crossref event a place that is welcoming and respectful to all participants, regardless of race, gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, national origin, ethnicity, or religion. So that everyone can focus on the event itself, and the great networking and community richness that happens when we get together in person, we will not tolerate harassment of event participants in any form—in person or online.

We expect all participants—attendees, speakers, partners, and volunteers—to follow the Code of Conduct during the event. This includes related social events at off-site locations, and in related online communities and social media. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. Event participants violating this Code of Conduct may be expelled from the event, and/or banned from future Crossref events, at the discretion of the Crossref directors.

Please bring any concerns to the immediate attention of the Crossref staff, or contact our Director of Finance & Operations—responsible for Human Resources—Lisa Hart Martin.

We thank our participants for your help in keeping our events welcoming, respectful, and friendly to all participants.


The Crossref Code of Conduct is taken from the excellent and well thought-through O’Reilly Media Conferences Code of Conduct with which Crossref fully agrees.

Last Updated: 2017 July 27

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