TS Picks: April 7, 2017

Consortium pushes for open citation data; Gates Foundation launches open-access publishing platform; Cell Press lifts the veil on papers under consideration; an online widget circumvents some paywalls

Bob Grant
Bob Grant

From 2017 to 2022, Bob Grant was Editor in Chief of The Scientist, where he started in 2007 as a Staff Writer.

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  • More than 60 organizations and scholarly publishers yesterday (April 6) announced an effort to unlock citation data and make it more broadly available to the public. The Initiative for Open Citations (I4OC) consortium is supported by 29 publishers and several organizations and companies, including the Wikimedia Foundation, Mozilla, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the U.K.’s Wellcome Trust. I4OC’s goal is to make citation data, which is collected by publishers, but not always made publicly available, accessible via Crossref. “Over the coming months, the organizations involved in I4OC will be working with different stakeholders to raise awareness of the availability of open citation data and evaluate how it can be reused, analyzed, and built upon,” the Wikimedia Foundation said in a statement. “We will provide regular updates on the growth of the public citations corpus, how the data...

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