January 16, 2022

A New Tool From CrossRef Labs: “DOI Chronograph”

New, cool, interesting, and useful.

From an Introductory Post on the CrossTech Blog From CrossRef Labs:

At CrossRef we mint DOIs for publications and send them out into the world, but we like to hear how they’re getting on out there. Obviously, DOIs are used heavily within the formal scholarly literature and for citations, but they’re increasingly being used outside of formal publications in places we didn’t expect. With our DOI Event Tracking / ALM pilot project we’re collecting information about how DOIs are mentioned on the open web to try and build a picture about new methods of citation.


At the ALM Workshop 2014 in San Francisco we talked to some Wikipedians and bibliometricians and realised that we were sitting on a really interesting data-set and that it would be churlish not to share it. At the hackathon (read the report here) we started work on a service to gather information about DOIs and, a month later, we’re ready to unveil the DOI Chronograph.

Some of the Data DOI Chronograph Provides

  • Daily referrals (clicks) from top level domains
  • Daily referrals from specific subdomains
  • Daily resolutions per DOI
  • DOI referring domains league tables

Read the Complete Blog Post (with Future Plans, Screen Caps, etc.)

Direct to DOI Chronograph (From CrossRef Labs)

Example: Graph: Top 200 non-member domains per month

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.