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CrossRef Announces New Developments

Magazine article Information Today

CrossRef Announces New Developments

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CrossRef (http://www.crossref.org), a collaborative reference linking service, has announced a number of important developments, including the integration of a data center, a new staff appointment, and new members.

Ed Pentz, CrossRef's executive director, said that the service has established a state-of-the-art, dedicated data center at Exodus Communications, a provider of Internet hosting. The new data center was fully operational at the end of October. CrossRef went live in May and had been operating from member publishers' servers.

CrossRef, which was formed last year by a number of leading scientific, technical, and medical (STM) publishers, offers the scientific and scholarly community the ability to click on a reference citation in a journal and immediately access the cited article. CrossRef functions as a sort of digital switchboard. It holds no full-text content, but rather affects linkages through Digital Object Identifier (DOI) numbers, which are tagged to article metadata supplied by the participating publishers.

CrossRef is run from a central facility operated by Publishers International Linking Association, Inc. (PILA), and utilizes the DOI to ensure permanent links. …

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