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- Date: Thu, 19 Oct 2000 07:02:37 -0400 (EDT)
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CrossRef Developments Reference Linking Service Opens Data Center, Hires Director of Technology, Adds New Members, and Expands Database Burlington, MA October 16, 2000 - Ed Pentz, Executive Director of CrossRef, announced today a number of important developments for the collaborative reference linking service. CrossRef, which was formed last year by the world's leading scientific, technical, and medical publishers, offers the scientific and scholarly community a milestone in online publishing -- the ability to click on a reference citation in a journal and immediately access the cited article. Mr. Pentz said that CrossRef has now established a state-of-the-art, dedicated data center at Exodus� Communications, a leading provider of complex Internet hosting. The new data center will be fully operational by the end of October. CrossRef, which went live in May, has been operating until now from member publishers' servers. "I am also pleased to announce that Mark Kosinski has joined CrossRef as the Director of Technology. His appointment ensures that CrossRef will be providing a 24x7 Internet system for its members and making significant improvements to the system going forward," said Mr. Pentz. Mr. Koskinki will manage the CrossRef Data Center, oversee the upgrading and improvement of CrossRef system and software, and serve as a technical resource for CrossRef members. He was previously an IT Manager at Nextel Communciations Mr. Pentz reported that there are now over 50 publishers participating inCrossRef, accounting for over 3,100 journals with more than 2 million article records in the database. He said that the following publishers had joined the service over the past few months: Acoustical Society of America American Association of Physicists in Medicine American Association of Physics Teachers American College of Medical Physics American Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology American Society of Civil Engineers American Society of Mechanical Engineers American Society of Plant Physiologists American Vacuum Society Biomedical Engineering Society Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press Internati Geological Society of America The Heart Surgery Forum Human Kinetics International Union of Crystallography IPAP MAIK/Nauka Interperiodica MIT Press National Institute on Drug Abuse Pion Ltd PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) Society of Rheology SPIE Technomic He explained that active discussions continue with many more scientific and scholarly primary publishers to expand this broad-based, industry-wide initiative, which was initially announced in November 1999. CrossRef functions as a sort of digital switchboard. It holds no full-text content, but rather effects linkages through Digital Object Identifier (DOI) numbers, which are tagged to article metadata supplied by the participating publishers. A researcher clicking on a link (the format of which is determined by publisher preference; for example, a CrossRef button, or "Article" in html) will be connected to a page on the publisher's Web site showing a full bibliographical citation of the article, and, in most cases, the abstract as well. The reader can then access the full-text article through the appropriate mechanism; subscribers will generally go straight to the text, while others will receive information on access via subscription, document delivery, or pay-per-view. CrossRef costs the researcher nothing; its expenses are covered by nominal charges to the publishers for depositing their metadata, annual membership fees, and fees to publishers of abstracting and indexing databases and libraries for accessing CrossRef's bank of DOIs to create links to full-text articles. In the near future, CrossRef will begin incorporating other reference content such as encyclopedias, textbooks, conference proceedings, and other relevant literature. Both the organizational structure and the technology of CrossRef guarantee its rapid and ongoing expansion and its growing service to publishers, libraries, and researchers worldwide. CrossRef is run from a central facility operated by Publishers International Linking Association, Inc. (PILA), and utilizes the DOI to ensure permanent links. Its Board of Directors includes representatives from AAAS (Science), Academic Press (Harcourt), AIP, ACM, Blackwell Science, Elsevier Science, IEEE, Kluwer, Nature, OUP, Springer, and Wiley. For more information about CrossRef, visit www.crossref.org.