Milestones: Initiative for Open Citations (I4OC) Reports Open References at Crossref Exceed 50%
The analyses show that, of 956,050,193 references from journal articles stored at Crossref, 486,041,671 (50.84%) are now in the category “Open”, and are freely available for third parties to download and use for any purpose.
This is a significant milestone for the Initiative for Open Citations (I4OC, https://i4oc.org/), which since early 2017 has been campaigning for scholarly publishers to open their reference lists, and a major gain for the world of open scholarship.
Crossref has records of 93,184,372 works with DOIs, of which 69,699,144 (74.80%) are journal articles and 23,485,228 (25.20%) are works that are not journal articles (i.e. book chapters, proceedings articles, datasets, etc.).
Crossref stores 1,075,133,743 references from all 93,184,372 works, averaging 11.54 references per work.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.