EBSCO enhances its EBSCOhost electronic reference databases by licensing the use of CrossRef, a well-known service composed of more than 6,000 publishers and representing metadata for over 60 million articles. With the CrossRef partnership in place, EBSCO Information Services reinforces its position as the leader in full-text aggregated databases and in facilitating linking (EBSCO SmartLinks) to a vast collection of full text journals and other electronic reference resources.
Through a combination of thousands of full-text journals available in EBSCOhost databases, seamless links to thousands of e-journals in EBSCOhost EBSCO Electronic Journals Service (EJS), and links to CrossRef member publishers, EBSCO offers its users the ability to access an unparalleled collection of full-text, totaling nearly 10,000 journals. CrossRef facilitates the linking process by associating the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) with the metadata of the articles supplied by participating publishers. The DOI forms the basis of the link to the corresponding article on the publisher site.
EBSCO has licensed the CrossRef database, and will host the metadata on EBSCO's site (in order to retrieve DOI's) as part of its Article Matcher service, which facilitates EBSCO SmartLinks. Customers are able to turn on this linking feature via EBSCOadmin, the administrative module for EBSCOhost. EBSCOadmin also provides the necessary tools to indicate which journals should have active links. This feature is especially beneficial for customers accessing licensed databases via EBSCOhost, such as ERIC, PsycINFO, and MEDLINE. EBSCO SmartLinking allows users to search these citation-only databases and retrieve full text results. The partnership with CrossRef enhances EBSCO's ability to provide more SmartLinks to more full text titles.
CrossRef has been available since June 2000, and the database continues to grow as more publishers join and more article records are deposited in the system.