Oxford University Press today announces that it will join the Initiative for Open Abstracts (I4OA), a collaboration between publishers, infrastructure organisations, librarians, and researchers to promote the open availability of abstracts.
Through joining I4OA OUP commits to making the abstracts of our scholarly publications available in an open and machine-accessible way. By making abstracts widely available, I4OA aims to boost the discoverability of scholarly research and increase its impact. It brings abstracts together in a common format in a searchable cross-disciplinary database, providing opportunities for analysis via text mining, natural language processing, and artificial intelligence.
Rhodri Jackson, Publishing Director for Open Access at Oxford University Press, said: ‘I am delighted we are joining our colleagues from across the scholarly communications landscape in supporting I4OA. As the largest university press publisher of open access research, we see open access and open research as key means to fulfil our mission. We have been making our abstracts available for some time to ensure the discoverability and impact of the breadth of research we publish, and are looking forward to reinforcing that commitment through I4OA’.
Ludo Waltman, Coordinator of I4OA, says ‘We are very pleased to have OUP as a supporter of I4OA. OUP is one of the largest publishers that have joined our initiative. Having support from OUP is an important step towards full openness of abstracts. We hope that many other publishers will follow the example of OUP.’