Oxford University Press has announced that it has joined the Initiative for Open Citations (I4OC).
I4OC is a project that promotes the unrestricted availability of scholarly citation data by making metadata for references within academic articles publicly available.
It aims to establish a global public web of linked scholarly citation data to enhance the discoverability of published content, explore connections between knowledge fields, and follow the evolution of ideas and scholarly disciplines.
OUP highlights several benefits to the I4OC scheme:
- Researchers will be able to study the dissemination of methods and scientific ideas;
- Authors will gain machine-readable access to references for all their papers;
- Funding organisations will be able to rely on this public resource to develop transparent and reproducible evaluation metrics and create new tools to assess the academic and societal impact of research they fund; and
- Members of the public will be able to trace information back to its source or reuse it in open knowledge repositories such as Wikipedia and Wikidata.