December 2019 open access update now available | Jisc scholarly communications

“A range of enhancement reports in this issue. To pick a couple: we are delighted to report that Publications Router is now receiving feeds from 11 publishers and feedback from users suggests that the service is increasing in importance to institutional workflows. We are also very pleased to have added nearly 900 new repositories to OpenDOAR after working with CORE colleagues and carrying out some extensive QA work to resolve previously unlisted repositories. As the dust from the general election settles and policies are announced, we are looking forward to using the capabilities we have built into our new Romeo infrastructure to respond to national policy compliance. We talked a little about this at our recent event on “Planning for Plan-S”, which was well received by attendees with some good conversations and thinking about the challenge, and all this in the midst of REF preparations.  The event has given us some very useful feedback for future institutional needs. As we go forward into REF and Plan S next year, we will all face challenges and changes, but we are here to support you throughout. As ever, get in touch with us and tell us about the way you use our services: what you like, what you don’t like and anything you would like to see improved….”

CORE users can now read articles directly on our site – CORE

“We are happy to announce the release of CORE Reader, which provides a seamless experience for users wishing to read papers hosted by CORE. In this post, we provide an overview of what is new and we encourage you to follow this development as new functionalities in the reader are on our roadmap….

At the beginning of this project, there was a reflection that most open access services do not yet provide a rich user experience for reading research papers. Determined to change this, we originally started looking at whether CORE could render research papers as HTML, as has recently become trendy across publisher platforms. While such rendering remains to be one of the ultimate goals, we realised that this could only be achieved for a small fraction of documents in CORE. More specifically, those that the data provider offers in machine readable formats, such as LaTeX or JATS XML. While we want to encourage more repositories to support such formats (and this remains to be a Plan S recommendation), we wanted to improve the reading experience for all of our users across all of our content….”

CORE Ambassadors

“While the adoption of open access, open data, open science and text mining practices are growing, CORE is proud to follow these developments and grow as a service. We are looking for enthusiastic organizations and individuals to volunteer as ambassadors to spread the word about CORE’s mission and services.

 

Become a CORE ambassador to enhance CORE’s efforts in advancing open access and supporting text-mining in your area by:

 

Updating the CORE Team with the community’s feedback about our services

Identifying repositories in your country harvested by CORE

Offering advice with regards to key national initiatives and projects in the area of open access infrastructure in your country

Presenting CORE to research stakeholders at local venues

Posting CORE news on blogs and social media

Sharing information about CORE to local mailing lists, venues and contacts

Posting CORE news on blogs and social media…”

CORE update for July to September 2019 – CORE

“Highlights

CORE releases CORE Discovery in Mozilla and Opera browsers
CORE presents its full texts growth and introduces eduTDM at Open Science Fair 2019
CORE gives an invited talk at the OAI-11 CERN-UNIGE Workshop on Innovations in Scholarly Communications
CORE explores collaboration with the National Institute of Informatics (NII), Tokyo
CORE Statistics…”

Free UKSG webinar – Better together: building services for public good on top of content from the global network of open repositories | UKSG

“CORE hosts the world’s largest collection of open access full texts, offering seamless, unrestricted access to research for citizens, researchers, libraries, software developers, funders and others. CORE’s aggregated content comes from thousands of institutional and subject repositories as well as journals and covers all research disciplines. In January 2019, CORE has hit the mark of 10 million monthly active users (10.41 million users). In September 2019, core.ac.uk has made it to the top 5k websites globally by user engagement as measured by the independent Alexa Rank, making it clearly one of the world’s most widely used Open Access services.

In this talk, Petr and Nancy will explain the role of CORE in the open science ecosystem. They will introduce the solutions CORE offers for improving the delivery of research literature, including tools for discovering freely available copies of papers that might be behind publishers’ paywalls as well as a recommender system for open access literature. The use of CORE data to monitor compliance with open access policies has also recently received attention. The presenters will then reflect on the challenges in the sector and share their experience of building value-added services for the society on top of open content offered by libraries and their affiliated institutional repositories and open access journals….”

CORE and FOAMres • LITFL • Open Access

“CORE (core.ac.uk) offers free access to millions of research papers and host the world’s largest collection of open access full texts. CORE is a not-for-profit service delivered by The Open University and Jisc

CORE’s mission is to aggregate all open access research outputs from repositories and journals worldwide and make them available to the public. CORE facilitates free unrestricted access to research for all and aims to:

support the right of citizens to access research, free of charge
contribute to a cultural change by promoting open access, the fast-growing movement for good,
work collaboratively to support both content consumers and content providers
use artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques to enrich and organise research content and support users in discovering knowledge of their interest….”

CORE becomes the world’s largest open access aggregator (or how about them stats 2018 edition) – CORE

“This was another productive year for the CORE team; our content providers have increased, along with our metadata and full text records. This makes CORE the world’s largest open access aggregator. More specifically, over the last 3 months CORE had more than 25 million users, tripling our usage compared to 2017. …

We also saw an increase in the number of users in our text analytics services, CORE API and CORE dataset, and the CORE Repository Dashboard and CORE Recommender….

For the past six months we invested a lot of effort in migrating to a new infrastructure that is needed to support our usage and content growth. This has been a tremendous task and we more than tripled the processing and storage capacity of CORE. We are now in the final stages of this migration, which will be completed early next year and will increase the potential and stability of our systems and service….”

Alternative routes to scholarly articles and research outputs

Many scholarly and peer-reviewed articles can be read open access today on the web. A number of free services and archives have developed tools and services helping users to discover research output in an easy and simple way: through installing a browser extension or plug-in; by using academic search engines and archives, or, by contacting the author directly. In the following text, we list a selection of services and ways to find scientific articles. The choice is yours….”

How we’ve been designing equitable foundations for open knowledge | Jisc

“We pride ourselves on supporting the research community, and our service that we run with the Open University, “CORE”, does just that. CORE is a fantastic service that collates open access content from worldwide repositories and journals; facilitating free, unrestricted access to research for all.  Efficient, comprehensive, and effective discovery is at the heart of making open access materials inclusive and equitable, serving the needs of users all around the world.

CORE can get information out to schools, colleges, universities, and developing countries that don’t have as many resources, and, in fact, absolutely any institution in need of content and information. As of May 2018, CORE has aggregated over 131 million article metadata records, 93 million abstracts, 11 million hosted and validated full texts and over 78 million direct links to research papers hosted on other websites….

We know the world of OA can be complicated and a bit daunting, so we provide plenty of free guides on open access, from the open access good practice handbook, to advice on how to manage your open access costs and managing research data in your organisation….

Of course, we provide the Janet Network, the UK’s world-class research and education network. Moreover though, we pride ourselves on our services that help organisations and researchers alike to source the information they need to do their jobs well.

Open systems to support open access use need efficient infrastructure services for holding, preserving, curating, and providing access to information.

For example, our research shared data service (RDSS) will allow researchers to easily deposit data for publication, discovery, safe storage, archiving and preservation. This means that they are able to provide easy and open access to research data so it can be re-used….”