Hosting platforms are organizations that host publisher content facilitate Crossref metadata in two key ways:
Platforms register content on behalf of publishers they host. This means that they are responsible for a significant proportion of the metadata records we have.
Platforms show the world published research, and in context, to support authors, readers and search engines. For example:
Hosting platforms are a good example of a not uncommon category: those that deliver metadata to Crossref as well as consuming it as output. (Publishers do this too sometimes!).
Why do this? Well, citation matching is one good example. Try the web search yourself if you’d like (this is one of a few ways to do it).
There are lots of reasons that any site hosting, searching or referencing content can benefit from metadata delivery. One benefit for Crossref is that users of metadata understand well its importance!
Hosting platforms, of course, work with our members, and help deliver Crossref services to our shared community.
When we plan a change or new service, for example, preprints, or in the case of our recent DOI display changes, we work to prepare hosting platforms, which will almost certainly get questions from members about it.
Of course, members moving from one platform to another is more common than it used to be. We aim to make those transitions as smooth as possible, so that, for example, deposits continue uninterrupted. We encourage members to let us know when a transition is underway!
How platforms are connected with others in our shared community mirrors the flow of metadata and discoverability they help enable.
We know migrating your hosting platform is an extremely stressful time. There’s so much to think about and plan for, and the last thing you want to be worrying about is whether your DOIs will resolve after the move and what this will mean for the quality of your metadata. Members often ask us for advice on the best way to handle a platform migration. This handy guide should help you prepare for the move, and gives hints and tips for managing the actual process as smoothly as possible.
This checklist will help you ask the right questions of your content hosting service when selecting a new platform. It helps ensure that you can continue to participate with us in the way you want to after a migration—without any surprises. You can cut and paste the bits you need for your specific needs into your RFP. But before you remove any sections, do check that you definitely won’t want them in the future; even if you aren’t planning to make use of all the options now, it’s good to know what your chosen platform will be able to do for you in the future, and whether there will be any extra costs involved.