Help with Participation Reports

What are Participation Reports?

Participation reports give—for the first time—a clear picture for anyone to see the metadata Crossref has. This is data that’s long been available via our Public REST API, now visualized. There’s a separate Participation Report for each member.

Why do I need to look at this report?

It’s a great way to evaluate your content and see where the gaps are in your metadata. The report also offers advice on how to improve in all areas, so you should be able to clearly see how your metadata has improved over time.

Do I need to log in?

No login is required to see the information available in Participation Reports.

Are Participation Reports only for Crossref members?

No, the data in Participation Reports is ‘open’, so that anyone to see the metadata Crossref has. This is data that’s long been available via our Public REST API, but its now available via Participation Reports in a more visual format, available for anyone to view.

Does it cost anything?

No, it’s free to look up the data.

How do I look my organization up? Is it by name or by prefix.

You can select your (or other) organization name(s) by searching for it then picking from the dropdown.

Can I look up any publisher/member?

Yes, Participation Reports are open to the public and you can view reports of any Crossref member.

Will anyone be able to see my data?

Yes, Participation Reports is ‘open’, so that anyone to see the metadata Crossref has. And you can see what others see when they use Crossref metadata in their research, tools, and services.

What content types are covered by the report?

The reports cover all content items registered by a Crossref member.

What do the percentages next to the boxes mean?

These percentages enable you to see what metadata you are registering, even if this work is done by a third party or another department. The percentages show what proportion of your content has specific metadata fields registered, i.e. if 80% shows next to Abstracts then 80% of your content items have abstracts registered as part of the metadata deposit.

I looked at my report and I only see 0%. What does that mean?

It means that you haven’t yet registered additional metadata with Crossref. Richer metadata makes content more discoverable and useful, which benefits everyone. Make sure your work can be found.

I think my report is incorrect, what do I do?

If you feel like the report is not representing your metadata coverage correctly please contact support@crossref.org.


More questions? Review other Crossref FAQs or visit our support site to open a support ticket or review detailed technical documentation.

Last Updated: 2018 July 7 by Anna Tolwinska