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Connect - Research Community Gateway

A Virtual Research Environment

  • What it is?

    OpenAIRE Research Community Gateway

    Turn Open Science into practice.
    Share and link your research results.
    Across organizations, across borders.
    Customized to your needs.

    A Virtual Research Environment
    An overlay platform making it easy to share, link, disseminate and monitor all your publications, data, software, methods. In one place.

    Open Science in action
    A time-saving bundle of services for researchers to effortlessly practice open science. An integral part of the European Open Science Cloud.


    The Research Community OA CONNECT BGateway is a service developed by OpenAIRE-Connect, which fosters transparent evaluation of results and facilitates reproducibility of science for research communities by enabling a scientific communication ecosystem supporting exchange of research products (publications, data, software, methods) and links between them across communities and across content providers.

    Benefits for Research Communities

    Community-oriented Open Science publishing tools
    Scientists can continue using RI services and publishing practices, but, if needed, can find support for publishing/interlinking any kind of products.

    Collaborative curation of a community-specific scholarly communication graph
    An environment for the community to share, discover, interlink, gather and reuse (reproduce) scientific results. Powered by the OpenAIRE Research Graph.

    Community-oriented Reporting and Open Science monitoring
    Reporting to funders, development of scientific reward strategies inclusive of all products of science.

  • What it does?

    Researchers can use the Community Gateway to: Search, Monitor, Deposit and Link research results adhering to Open Science practices.

    SEARCH - Search & browse your community's research products

    • Find recent research results linked to the community
    • Search research results, projects and content providers linked to the community

    MONITOR - View statistics for your community's research products

    • Research results statistics linked to the community

    DEPOSIT - Find a repository to deposit your research outcome

    • Deposit or publish your research in Open Access
    • Find the appropriate repository to deposit your research products of any type (publication, data, software, other) or to include in your data management plan

    LINK - Link your research output with your community, funding, and other research products

  • How can I use it?

    > Go to, find and enter the gateway of your research community

    community gateway homepage labeled

    > You can access the functionalities also from the menu on the top right:

    community gateway menu top right labeled

    How can I Search research results?

    Select the Search option and choose which entity you want to search within the Community.

    community gateway search research results

    How can I Monitor the research results?

    Select the view Graph Analysis and find the Community statistics.

    community gateway graph analysis

    How can I Deposit my research results?

    Select the Deposit option and find repositories and journals to deposit or publish your research results by Datasource type, Compatibility and Country. Find the relevant Zenodo communities that have been selected by the gateway curators.

    community gateway deposit

    How can I link my research results to the Community?

    Note: For this action you have to subscribe to the Research Community. Go to the top of the Community Gateway page and click on the button “Subscribe”.
    As a subscriber of a Community Gateway you can start linking research results to the Community.

    Select the menu option: Link > Start linking, and then follow the steps:

    1. Start searching Research Results and add them to the Basket to Link

    link add link resources

    i) Search research results (search in OpenAIRE results, CrossRef, DataCite or ORCID).
    ii) Click the + button to add research results to the Basket

    link select products to link


    iii) Upload a csv file containing a list of DOIs
    Choose the option “Upload a DOI's CSV file” in the Links Basket.

    Links Basket
    link links basket

    Upload a csv file containing a list list DOIs. For each DOI found in the file, metadata will be fetched from CrossRef or Datacite and will be added to your selected research results.
    CSV format:
    The format of CSV file should be ‘DOI’,’ACCESS_MODE’,’DATE’.
    The value ‘DOI’ is required.  Access mode column have values ‘OPEN’,’CLOSED’ or ‘EMBARGO’.
    Date column valid format is YYYY-MM-DD and is required when access mode has value EMBARGO.
    In case access mode is not available default value is ‘OPEN’.

    Once you have selected the research results to link, go to the Links Basket and click the button:

    2. Select the type of Entity to Link to your sources

    link select type of entity to link

    i) Select: Communities

    As you are linking through the Community Gateway, the Research Community is already selected, but you can confirm or edit it in the section “LINK TO” in the Links Basket.

    3. Click on “FINISH LINKING”.

    link finish linking


    i) Confirm that the links you provided are all correct
    ii) Click on the button “CONFIRM LINKING

    link confirm linking

    Your link it’s successfully finished!

    Additional information

    When a new link is visible in OpenAIRE?
    There are two cases:
    • When the research result of the link is already available in OpenAIRE, links will be visible in the portal after the next content provision workflow. The workflow runs every 2 to 4 weeks. More information about the workflow is available in the page Aggregation and content provision workflows.
    • When the research results are available in Crossref, Datacite or ORCID the link is immediately available through the portal and the APIs.
    Manage “My Links”
    All users are able to manage their links in “My Links” page (accessible via User Account options). When users finish linking results, they are able to view the list of links they created. They are also able to delete them.
  • More Information

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