Open Access: ScienceOpen and SciELO Announce New Partnership
From the ScienceOpen Blog:
In a fairly big release today, we are pleased to announce a big new partnership with SciELO, the Scientific Electronic Library Online. Many of you might know SciELO as the leading Open Access publisher in Latin America and what we might consider to be developing or emerging countries. At last count, they has published almost 600,000 peer reviewed research articles in more than 1200 journals, so constitute an enormous contribution to our global research knowledge!
With the total inclusion of SciELO, ScienceOpen will contain more than 2.2 million open access research articles, drawn primarily from PubMedCentral and the arXiv. This means that all this content is freely available to anyone, and also equally as important for re-use. We want people not just to be able to access content, but weave their creative magic and do what research was designed for: to be built upon.
At ScienceOpen, we use these core Open Access articles to create article metadata records using the citation information contained within. Using our ‘aggregation engine’, we will have generated now more than 15 million article metadata records, which will rise as we integrate more content from SciELO. This is a slow process, and we are only able to incorporate a few thousand articles at a time, so stay tuned as we add more and more knowledge and data!
We’ve created new featured collections for SciELO articles, divided up by each country involved in the partnership. As well as this, we’ve built new specialized discipline specific collections for important fields such as public health and social sciences. With the typical SciELO portal, you can already search by country. What we’re doing is providing an extra layer of functionality, as now you can create collections of your favourites, and also open them up to managed post-publication peer review! You’ll be able to search all SciELO content, and subsets, by their citations, keywords, altmetric score, and a whole host of additional discovery and filter options.
What this means is that all SciELO articles will be available for public post-publication peer review, alongside all other articles on our platform. Articles can be integrated into new or existing collections, as well as the usual functions for sharing, and recommending and commenting.
With the inclusion of SciELO, ScienceOpen now contains more than 2.2 million Open Access articles. ScienceOpen will also have more than 15 million article records upon full integration.
CEO of ScienceOpen Stephanie Dawson says, “This makes ScienceOpen one of the first platforms to recognize the importance of integrating research from across Latin America. By doing so, together we will help to create the strongest possible foundations for the future of research around the world.”
Along with all other on the ScienceOpen platform, the new content from SciELO will show usage data provided by Altmetric to show how articles have been shared in online sources including mainstream news outlets, blogs, and a variety of social networks.
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Gary Price (email@example.com) 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.