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Crossref expects rapid growth in use of unique grant identifiers


Earma 2021: ‘Almost 17,000’ grants have already been tagged, not-for-profit organisation says

A representative of Crossref has said that the not-for-profit scholarly communications organisation is expecting a rapid expansion in the number of research grants that are allocated unique identifiers to allow anyone to easily search for resulting papers or data.

Speaking at the annual conference of the European Association of Research Managers and Administrators on 15 April, Rachael Lammey, head of special programmes at Crossref, said the organisation had already labelled just under 17,000 grants with unique codes known as digital object identifiers.

“I would expect that to grow quickly over the course of the rest of the year,” she said.

Lammey said the aim of grant tagging was “to simplify the process of research reporting by being able to look at a grant and see the published outputs—things like data, preprints, articles…in a more automatic way”.

Digital object identifiers have long been used to label academic publications, but the system can be applied to any digital ‘object’ and about 238 million have now been used.

Lammey said Crossref began tagging grants in early 2020, starting with those made by the Wellcome Trust, a UK biomedical funder.

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