A diverse, global set of organizations use Crossref metadata. Organizations such as libraries, publishers, metrics and analytics companies, search engines, and many others. They come to Crossref to integrate, use, or disseminate our metadata in a variety of sources and services; our members in turn benefit from this work through enhanced discoverability of their research outputs.
There are a number of ways for organizations to work with metadata, including service providers such as hosting platforms and XML providers who may provide or deposit metadata into the system on behalf of publishers.
These organizations provide key services to our shared community, by formatting metadata and providing visibility to registered content on hosting platforms. Working closely with service providers as our own services develop is critical to improving research communications at all points in supply chain.
If you are looking to use Crossref metadata, our Metadata Delivery page provides guidance on choosing the best service for you.
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Giving visibility to metadata Hosting platforms are organizations that host publisher content facilitate Crossref metadata in two key ways: Platforms register content on behalf of publishers they host. This means that they are responsible for a significant proportion of the metadata records we have. Platforms show the world published research, and in context, to support authors, readers and search engines. For example: Bibliographic metadata Links to citing articles and Cited-by counts Updates and retractions (Crossmark) Metadata in, metadata out Hosting platforms are a good example of a not uncommon category: those that deliver metadata to Crossref as well as consuming it as output.
Metadata first takes shape with author manuscripts. Discoverability starts here Manuscript submission systems, and the authors that use them, start metadata on its long lifecycle. Publishers’ instructions to authors and author-created metadata, such as keywords are first captured by manuscript submission systems. Along with other publishing service organizations such as typesetters, submission systems are a kind of service provider, and are the first step in getting content registered, often by yet another kind of service provider, hosting platforms.