CORE reaches 20 million monthly users – Jisc scholarly communications

“For nearly a decade, we have followed our mission to bring open access research to the public, facilitating  free unrestricted access to research for all.

We are excited to announce that we have just reached another milestone on this journey. Specifically, we have reached 20 million monthly active users for the first time. The COVID epidemic has clearly demonstrated an increased need and interest for people to access the results of science. In the era of misinformation, open access to research gives people the hope that truth and facts will prevail….”

Quarterly OA Digest – June 2020 – Jisc scholarly communications

“As we move towards what we hope will be a loosening of lockdown and a reduction in the risk from the coronavirus itself, we are starting to see the wider damage that has been done to our HE sector and our economy as a whole. We do not know what the new normal will be, or when that stability will arise. Institutions have different ideas as to how they might work over the next year, but prominent amongst all of them is an increased reliance on remote access, remote presence, and serious and sustained cost saving. There will be increased pressure on libraries to show enhanced support at reduced cost. Open access is at the heart of all of these issues. We will continue to work hard to give our members the best value we can in our services to save them time and money in dealing with open access issues. As reported here, Jisc is returning to renegotiate national publisher contracts in line with the changed environment. We have completed the first round of supplier evaluations for the repository dynamic purchasing system to try and identify the best value for members. We are working across services to help members in policy compliance and improve system efficiency and workflows. As ever, contact us if we can assist you through our services, advice, relationships or information and we will do our best to help….”

CORE Recommender installation for DSpace – CORE

“The CORE Recommender is a large and complex service, while its main purpose is to advance a repository by recommending similar articles. This blog post reviews only the plugin for a dspace/jspui based repository. The source of recommended data is the base of CORE, which consists of metadata descriptions and full texts. In addition, this plugin can recommend articles from the same repository as well.

To install the CORE Recommender, first of all, you should read a description of the service and register. It is possible in manual mode or via the CORE Repository Dashboard. I recommend that you use the CORE Discovery Dashboard which allows you not only to have access to CORE services but also to control and monitor the harvesting process….”

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…”