Indexing and Metadata

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What is Crossref?

Crossref makes research outputs easy to find, cite, link, and assess.
Crossref exists to make scholarly communications better.

We are member of a non-profit organisation that runs a registry of metadata and DOIs, and involves staff, board, working groups, and committees as well as a broad range of collaborators, users, and supporters in the wider scholarly communications community. Increasingly, our community includes new contributors like scholars, funders, and universities. Together, we are all working toward the same goal – to enhance scholarly communications. Everything is designed to put scholarly content in context so that the content members publish can be found, cited, used, and re-used.
Crossref helps increase discoverability and create persistent links between research outputs such as articles, books, references, data, components, versions, and more.
Crossref makes research outputs easier to find, cite, link, and assess creating permanent links for articles, volumes, references, dates, versions, and much more. Crossref members send their metadata – which include fields such as dates, titles, authors, affiliations, etc. – to Crossref, together with a DOI (Digital Object Identifier). Through Crossref, members are distributing their metadata downstream, making it available to numerous systems and organisations that together help credit and cite the work, track outcomes and activity, and more.
You can find more information here: https://www.crossref.org/about/