Easing the Path to Access OA Content for Researchers – Part 1

Easing the Path to Access OA Content for Researchers – Part 1
by David A. Pendlebury
Senior Citation Analyst
Science Research Connect

This week marks the 10th anniversary of ‘International Open Access Week,’ and this year’s observance carries a thought-provoking theme: “Open in order to….” This is in itself an open-ended statement which urges us all to focus on what Open Access (OA) really enables, and how we can further enable OA.

Clarivate Analytics is not a publisher, but we are a valued and long-standing part of the scholarly ecosystem, partnering with scholars, and authors, with publishers, and editors and reviewers, so all the hats a researcher wears.

At a time when debate is raging in Europe about OA and the costs associated with access to scholarly research, we are proud to be easing the path to access OA content for researchers.

We have been a trusted partner of researchers worldwide for more than 50 years. In the 1950s, Eugene Garfield introduced the indispensable guide to the journal literature, Current Contents. Every week he delivered tables of contents of key journals to the lab bench, before journals reached the library shelves. In the 1960s, he produced the first Science Citation Index, now the Web of Science, which helped researchers navigate the literature through a trail of citations that they themselves constructed and led them to the best, most relevant papers on their topics of interest. Garfield always thought first of the information needs of researchers and how to bring them the latest information in the fastest way using the best technology of the time.

“Garfield’s enthusiasm was not the book-keeper’s but the visionary’s. He saw in his creations a better science for society and the ideal of a unified body of knowledge accessible to all,” Nature said, in an article published shortly after his passing in February 2017.

The criteria we use to select journals, proceedings, books, and data sources for coverage in our indexes and products have no bias toward publisher or geographic origin. Our Selections team members do not hold academic positions or affiliations with any journals. Our interest is what is in your interest: to provide the best content, accurately record it, and structure it for optimal and easy use.

That is why we developed and have maintained independent, unbiased criteria for source coverage for more than half a century.  Clarivate products provide search and discovery of content, but our metadata are also the source of globally significant metrics for research assessments. Objective selection of the content sources is critical to authoritative metrics.

Clarivate Analytics, which now produces Garfield’s Web of Science, carries his legacy forward and continues to be aligned first and foremost with the interests of researchers.

By curating an increasing volume of trusted OA content in the Web of Science, we are actively supporting the research community in its quest for new ideas and in doing so we support the efficient path to legal access to OA research and data, to increase the impact of scholarship and to enable more equitable participation in research.

Read about what OA initiatives are coming next in part 2: “That was then but this is now… #OAWeek”

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