OpenCitations services for the benefit of the scholarly community
OpenCitations undertakes advocacy for open scholarly metadata, particularly via the initiative for Open Citations (I4OC) and the Initiative for Open Abstracts (I4OA), with the aim to change the current academic context (in which the provision of citation data is left to commercial sources) by providing open metadata with a scope, depth, accuracy. The last twelve years of work and dedication to Open Science have led OpenCitations to cross a unique threshold: OpenCitations main database COCI (the OpenCitations Index of Crossref open DOI-to-DOI citations; https://opencitations.net/index/coci/) currently contains more than one billion citation links derived from open references within Crossref and is approaching parity in terms of coverage with Web of Science and Scopus.
While it already contained the bibliographical data recently opened in Crossref by Elsevier and the American Chemical Society, COCI last release (August 2022) also includes citations from the articles published over the last four years by IEEE. The inclusion of previously-closed bibliographic data into COCI is a strong effect of an ongoing change in the academic practices, fostered by the dedication of many initiatives and institutions worldwide, and by Crossref’s recent announcement to change its reference distribution policy, by making all its metadata open. In addition, OpenCitations provides a data model, bibliographic and citation data (CC0), an open source software, online services, whose details and use can be found in the guide published by OpenAire, and on OpenCitations website.
Current and future activities
Moreover, throughout 2022 OpenCitations has started work to create a new database entitled OpenCitations Meta, which will permit OpenCitations to store in house bibliographic metadata for the citing and cited publications involved in all our indexed citations. OpenCitations is also starting the coverage expansion by developing two new citation indexes of open citations, based on the holdings of DataCite (DOCI) and the NIH Open Citation Collection (NOCI), which, together with COCI, will be cross-searchable through the unified OpenCitations API. Anyone interested in OpenCitations can learn more about its activities on the public roadmap, and by visiting the OpenCitations blog.
The OpenAIRE Research Graph integration is beneficial for a wider and international community of users, including new RIs and other services. OpenCitations has recently been included within the EOSC Catalogue, and the interconnection with the other services present in the EOSC will become even more effective with the involvement of OpenCitations in the EOSC-DIH business pilot OiPub, a newly created platform which aims to “make research easier to find, follow and discuss”.
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As OpenCitations Director Silvio Peroni recently stated: “OpenCitations is a plural. Together, we are OpenCitations.”
OpenCitations Mission: https://zenodo.org/record/6940563
OpenCitations - present status and future plans: https://zenodo.org/record/6940919
The Uniqueness of OpenCitations: https://zenodo.org/record/6940867
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Written by Chiara Di Giambattista