Crossref Launches Free-Text Query Trial Service

Feb 24, 2006

CrossRef has announced a new trial service for its member publishers. In partnership with Inera, CrossRef has deployed a custom version of Inera's eXtyles refXpress that parses unstructured, free-text references into granular and valid XML and returns any matching Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) for those references.

The Free-Text Query form is now available on a trial basis to members on the CrossRef website. The cut-and-paste form accepts references formatted in bibliographic styles and returns the DOI for the article if one is found. One or more references may be pasted into the form on this page; each reference must begin on a new line. CrossRef is currently inviting member input on their experiences using this pilot service.

CrossRef has also made available to the public a free text-based interface for individual DOI queries, available at the Web site. CrossRef also offers the general public a freely available OpenURL resolver, described at the Web site. This service allows users to enter an OpenURL as one way to be directed to publications from the publishers and societies that participate in CrossRef by registering DOIs for their content.