May 25, 2022

Elsevier and Impactstory Announce Partnership to Make Open Access Articles Easier to Find on Scopus

From Elsevier:

With Elsevier’s new partnership with Impactstory, a nonprofit that creates online tools to make science more open and reusable, researchers will soon be able to find open access content on Scopusmore efficiently. Meanwhile, for university research offices, the expansion of OA-identified content in Scopus will enable improved strategic analysis and benchmarking.


“The open access movement has done a great job of making content open, but it hasn’t always made this open content easy to find,” said Jason Priem, co-founder of Impactstory. “By partnering with Elsevier, we’re are able to get that OA content out there where it can be used. We think this is a key step toward a more powerful, universally open science communication ecosystem.”

The agreement will enable Elsevier to integrate document-level OA data from Impactstory’s Unpaywall database with Scopus content; identification and tagging of Scopus’ OA peer-reviewed articles will begin in August and roll out through November 2018.

Impactstory’s other co-founder, Dr. Heather Piwowar, added: “Our goal is to boost the impact of open access by making it easy to discover. By integrating the Unpaywall database into the widely-used Scopus platform, we’re injecting a massive dose of open access into the workflows of millions of new researchers worldwide.”

Currently, Scopus users can filter search results to link to open access articles published in journals that are OA-only and which the publisher has proactively registered as OA through Crossref. Matching OA documents from Impactstory’s Unpaywall database with Scopus content will increase the amount of OA-tagged content in Scopus to over 7 million records. This will improve navigation and allow for trend analysis of publication models across research subject areas and countries.

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See Also: Arcadia Awards Impactstory (Providers of Unpaywall), Internet Archive, and British Library $850,000 Grant to Build a Free, AI-Powered Search Engine of Open Access Scholarly Articles (July 8, 2018)

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