|Kirsty Meddings from CrossRef|
CrossRef is a non-profit membership association with over 4,000 publishers and organisations who are members. Traditional metadata includes title, volume, contributors, issue, publication date, ISSN, ISBN, URL, DOI and first page information. New metadata elements include: funder name, correction, award number, license reference, ORCID, publication history and retraction.
Funder information is increasingly important. Often it is a free text definition and there are issues of consistency even when marked up with tagging and names (e.g. NIH, N.I.H., etc). Why does this matter? Funding bodies can’t easily track published output of funded work. It isn’t easy to report which articles result from research supported by specific funders, making it really difficult to report and analyse. This is why FundRef was launched. They are exploring tying together funder IDs with Ringgold and an overlaying ISNI ID.
They are looking at the with Licence_Ref element for updates and changes, erratum corrigendum, updates, enhancements, withdrawals, retractions, new editions and policy updates. As Meddings noted, we’ve come a long way from the days of product recall, but there is still some way to go before we get it right.