Posted by Peta Hopkins on January 19, 2007
A new research discovery service, currently in beta, is providing access to papers in open access repositories. http://epublications.bond.edu.au is included. The ScientificCommons.org is coordinated and developed at the Institute for Media and Communications Management – University of St.Gallen.
“The major aim of the project is to develop the world’s largest communication medium for scientific knowledge products which is freely accessible to the public. A key challenge of the project is to support the rapidly growing number of movements and archives who admit the free distribution and access to scientific knowledge.” — website
Scientific Commons provides a simple search interface and a clean display of records with links to the originating repository. It also provides citation downloads in EndNote and Bibtex formats. There are currently 841 repositories from 48 countries. It seems that there will be some development of interesting personalization services, including customised RSS feeds and researcher profiles that will enable the researcher to group together articles deposited in different institutional repositories.
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