Publisher FAQ

Q: Do I have to use the click-through service to use the CrossRef Metadata API?

A: No. No API token is needed to access CrossRef metadata. The click-through service is only needed to access the full text of those publishers who require additional T&Cs for text and data mining. Open access publishers require no such agreements. and many publishers will include the ability in to text and data mine in their subscription agreements.

Q: Do I have to pay to use the click-through service?
A: No

Q: Do I have to have an ORCID to use the Terms and Conditions Registry?
A: Yes. The means that CrossRef can keep minimal contact information about you in its system. It also allows us to ensure that the data we do have is updated when you update your ORCID record.

Q: Does the click-through service require me to describe the research I am conducting using text and data mining? If so, isn’t that a violation of my privacy?
A: No, the click-through service does not require that the researcher reveal what they are conducting research on. The licenses registered under the click-through service are general and no dependent on the research you are doing.

Q: Why would I want to “regenerate” my Client Token?
A: You may have inadvertently given your Client Token to somebody who should not be using it (e.g. you may have left it embedded in code you distributed, etc.). Regenerating a Client Token effectively revokes old tokens and allows you to continue to work with the new one.

Q: Why can’t I “reject” an agreement in the click-through service?
A: If you have already “accepted” a specific set of T&Cs, you cannot later “reject” them. You can “reject” or defer a decision on a publisher’s T&Cs up until the point that you accept them.

Q: What does it mean when T&Cs in the click-through service are listed as “disabled?”
A: Sometimes a publisher will need to change its T&Cs. Obviously, they cannot change the terms that you have already agreed to, but they can “disable” the agreement to show that it is no longer in force and to indicate that you may need to review and accept/reject a new version of the agreement.

Q: How do I log-in to the click-through service so that I can load a license?
A: You need to use the same username/password that you use for depositing CrossRef metadata.

Q: Why do researchers need an ORCID to use the click-through service?
A: Using ORCID means that CrossRef can keep minimal data about researchers in its system. It also allows us to ensure that the data we do have is updated when researchers update their ORCID profile.

Q: Why would I want to “regenerate” my  Publisher API Token?
A: You may have inadvertently given your  Publisher API Token to somebody who should not be using it (e.g. an ex employee). Regenerating a  Publisher Token effectively revokes old tokens and allows you to continue to work with the new one.

Q: Why can’t I delete a license in the click-through service?
A: If a researcher has already “accepted” a specific license, you cannot later “delete” it. However, you can “disable” it so that no new researchers “accept” it and in order to alert users who signed the disabled license that they may need to sign a new version.

Q: Why can’t I edit an existing published license?
A: Publishers cannot change the terms of a license that  has already been accepted by researchers, but they can “disable” the license to show that the license is no longer in force and to indicate that researchers may need to review and accept/reject a new version of the license.

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