The Crossref Curriculum

Transferring titles

Learn more about transferring responsibility for DOIs, title versus DOI ownership, and title ownership dispute resolution.

For those disposing publishers who wish to transfer a journal title that has been acquired by another publisher, we have created a simple three-step process to transfer and confirm the ownership transfer of your journal.

Please note that the Transfer title tool will transfer the journal title and all existing DOIs published within that journal from the disposing publisher to the publisher acquiring ownership. If you do not wish to transfer all existing DOIs as part of your title transfer, please contact our Support team to assist with your title transfer.

  1. Log in to Metadata Manager, and navigate to the Home page of the journal you’d like to transfer. From the journal’s Home page, click Action, and select Transfer title from the menu.
Transfer a title
  1. On the Transfer title screen, confirm the From and Destination details (using the publisher and DOI prefix boxes). When you’re ready, select Transfer to initiate the ownership change.
Choose destination publisher and prefix for the title transfer
  1. In addition to transferring the journal title, the Transfer title tool will transfer all existing DOIs affiliated with the journal from the disposing publisher to the acquiring publisher. Once the transfer is processed, we will use the technical contact we have on file to email the acquiring publisher to notify them of the transfer. It can take up to 24 hours for the title transfer to be reflected in Metadata Manager.

Page owner: Laura J. Wilkinson   |   Last updated 2020-April-08