Over half a million articles are now available in the Library of Science, the largest open access scientific collection in Poland. An online event was organized to mark this achievement by the Open Science Platform based at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modelling (University of Warsaw), responsible also for the OpenAIRE National Open Access Desk in Poland.
The Library of Science is available at: https://bibliotekanauki.pl/
The Library of Science is a critical element of the Polish open science landscape. It makes full texts of articles published in Polish scientific journals and Polish scientific books available, together with rich metadata. It is free to use for everyone, without any technical barriers. Over 40% of resources are published using Creative Commons licenses that enable the free distribution and reuse of the publications. The new version of the Library of Science was launched last year. Over the recent 12 months, the total number of downloads exceeded 6,5 million.
"Thanks to the Library of Science, open access to scientific publications is implemented in Poland in a way that may inspire publishers, editors, and institutions developing open access infrastructure from other countries. Gathering and making available a large part of scientific journals and books published in our country on one state-of-the-art platform opens up new possibilities for analyzing and using this content, also by machines. We are convinced that the Library of Science will be an important element of the evolving open science ecosystem that will connect publications, research data, and other digital research objects".Jakub Szprot, Head of the Open Science Platform
The webinar celebrating the milestone for the Library of Science was held on 15 September 2022. It gathered representatives of scientific publishers that make their publications available in the Library of Science. They presented open access publishing models adopted by six organizations:
The speakers underlined the benefits of adopting open access policies and explained the conditions under which they publish journals and monographs, particularly using Creative Commons licenses. Much attention was given to the funding models, organizational resources, and institutional context of the publishing activities. Moreover, the speakers referred to the cooperation with the Library of Science and indexing databases, stressing the importance of the wide dissemination of scholarly outputs.
"Scientific journals in the Library of Science benefit from economies of scale. The website collects over 1,600 journals and 1,200 books in one place and makes them available using internationally-recognized data exchange standards. The resources are visible to search engines and other websites, including scientific aggregators. As a result, there is a direct impact on the journal's visibility, citations, and, consequently, its capacity to attract readers and authors."Krzysztof Siewicz, Coordinator of the Library of Science
The platform aims to increase the visibility and availability of Polish scientific publications, enabling publishers to reach new communities of readers and authors. The cooperation with the Library of Science is free of charge and non-exclusive. As such, it does not restrict publishers' possibilities to make their content available elsewhere.
The Open Science Platform team runs nationwide services ensuring open access to scientific literature and data, provides open science training, and runs OpenAIRE National Open Access Desk in Poland. Team members are also involved in various activities that aim to define and implement open science policies and strategies and promote open science within the academic community in Poland.
The new version of the Library of Science was launched in 2021. Read more in the blog post below.
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