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I4OC: Initiative for Open Citations


Editor Comments:  “The potential utility and impact of open citation data is very exciting to imagine.  Access to so many bibliometric indicators is locked behind expensive sources, like Scopus and Web of Science.  Open citations would equalize access to this data, facilitate transparency, and enable the freer exploration of knowledge creation and communication processes” – Robin Champieux

Citations are the links that knit together our scientific and cultural knowledge. They are primary data that provide both provenance and an explanation for how we know facts. They allow us to attribute and credit scientific contributions, and they enable the evaluation of research and its impacts. In sum, citations are the most important vehicle for the discovery, dissemination, and evaluation of all scholarly knowledge.As the number of scholarly publications is estimated to double every nine years, citations – and the computational systems that track them – enable researchers and the public to keep abreast of significant developments in any given field. For this to be possible, it is essential to have unrestricted access to bibliographic and citation data in machine-readable form.The present scholarly communication system inadequately exposes the knowledge networks that already exist within our literature. Citation data are not usually freely available to access, they are often subject to inconsistent, hard-to-parse licenses, and they are usually not machine-readable…

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