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News : Microbiology Society joins I4OC

21 March 2018

The Microbiology Society is pleased to announce that we have joined the Initiative for Open Citations (I4OC) and made all citation data from our six, highly regarded journals openly available to everyone. By joining I4OC, the Society is helping to establish a global public web of linked scholarly citation data to enhance the discoverability of published content, whether subscription or open access.

“One of our objectives is to unlock the potential for knowledge exchange, which includes opening up our deep archive to the world as a free-to-read resource. Joining I4OC is a key part of delivering on that goal, as it will help researchers to explore the network of connections within microbiology and between microbiology and other fields.” said Tasha Mellins-Cohen, Director of Publishing at the Society.

Since the launch of I4OC, the share of freely available citation data in Crossref has grown from 1% to more than 50% – about half a billion open references – and we are proud to support the benefits to our community:

  • Researchers will be able to study the dissemination of methods and scientific ideas.
  • Authors will gain machine-readable access to references for all their papers.
  • Funding organisations will be able to rely on this public resource to develop transparent and reproducible evaluation metrics and create new tools to assess the academic and societal impact of research they fund.
  • Members of the public will be able to trace information back to its source or reuse it in open knowledge repositories such as Wikipedia and Wikidata.
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