The Crossref Curriculum

Metadata in and metadata out

Research fuel: metadata from Crossref APIs is used for a variety of purposes by many tools and services

Metadata users and uses: metadata from Crossref APIs is used for a variety of purposes by many tools and services

Crossref’s database of global scholarly research receives information from our many members, who deposit metadata into Crossref’s database.

Many organizations and systems take metadata out of our database, including:

  • content hosts
  • reference management tools
  • library discovery systems
  • metrics and analytics tools
  • specialist databases
  • scholarly sharing networks
  • manuscript tracking systems

They all rely on Crossref’s database for accurate and up-to-date metadata to organize and identify content. Learn more about who relies on Crossref metadata, and explore our API case studies.

Learn more about becoming a member and depositing metadata with Crossref, and about metadata retrieval.

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