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How to link your research results

Ιn our linked data world your research results become yet another piece of the puzzle. Publishing/depositing in OA is a major step, but doing it properly is equally important.  

Why bother?
Scholarly communication is at a cross-roads. Open Access is a key element towards Open Science, but intelligent Open Access is a win-win situation for all the research community:
  • all your research is now linked and your fellow researchers are able to discover the full potential of your research 
  • institution research managers can use this information to see the progress of their organization  
  • project coordinators can easily track all project results with the click of a button
  • funders are able to monitor the funding programmes, which can lead to better decisions
  • service providers (e.g., text and data mining) can build on your results only if they are intellinently discoverable
  • ....
What to do?

First you need to use repositories/journals that use persistent identifiers when you describe the metadata of your output. This includes DOIs or handles from CrossRef, DataCite, CNRI, ORCID, FundRef, etc. as this allows content providers (repositories, journals) to expose publications and data in a uniquely identifialble and interoperable format.

When you deposit your publications/data in OA make sure you use a fully OpenAIRE compliant repository. This effectively means that you will be able to provide all links to funding or other research entitites at depositing time. So, when we (or any other service) harvest the metadata all links are automatically intergrated in OpenAIRE and you have pretty much completed your "duty".

If you cannot find such a repository (before you give up try  OpenAIRE's catch-all repository www.zenodo.org, hosted by CERN) then use our linking services and link your research results afterwards:

  1. Link publications or data to funding for our associated funders
  2. After your perform a search, use the LINK... buttons that are found in every publication/data landing page, and link publications to data (and vice verca). 
If you do all the above, then OpenAIRE takes care of the rest: we de-duplicate all research outcomes and merge all instances in one (while keeping all original URLs) and your linked data becomes available via our portal or APIs.

You need to be a registered user to perform these tasks.