Category: For Researchers

Frequently Asked Questions

Articles I want to peer review or add to my collection aren’t in ScienceOpen.

Background: Our database is expanding at a rate of more than 1 million records a month. However, based on the data and the methods available to us, we don’t have everything.

Solution: Send us a list of DOIs/references and we’ll work our magic behind the scenes!


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Does ScienceOpen index ‘green’ OA articles?

Background: Green OA articles are those which have been self-archived across a range of sources and platforms. We currently only harvest final published versions of articles, except for the arXiv, but are looking at adding ‘green’ versions and more pre-prints in the future.

Solution: Solution: Send sources/customers this way!

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When I was searching for a DOI, ArXiv ID, PMID or PMC ID by making use of the ID filter, I found multiple records on the result list. How can an ID be assigned to multiple articles?

Background: Humans make mistakes. Machines amplify them. Most cases here result from typos made in article reference lists. We mine article references to integrate and interlink it into our data network of more than 31 million article records, and hundreds of millions of connections. For each reference, we create a new article record that refers back to the seed article, so they are all driving traffic to the article in question. These are like paths leading readers to the article and interconnect it with other nodes in our research network. Although we cross-check metadata inputs, a small portion of ID-relevant typos might remain unnoticed.

In some other cases, we also receive metadata from PubMed with the wrong DOI information. We do our best to report such cases and eliminate ID duplications from our system ASAP.

Solution: Please report the problem here. If you wish to speed up the reporting process, before contacting us please check the ID in the respective database (PubMed, ArXiv or CrossRef) and let us know which are the mistakenly assigned articles.

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My article is not shown in the selection of matching articles on the ‘Publications waiting for your confirmation of authorship’ page. Why?

Barckground: Most frequent cases:

  • Your name might be displayed on the record in question in an alternative way compared to your ORCID profile.
  • The record in question is not yet validated (see above).

Solution: The best way to add the record in question to your ScienceOpen profile is to do so via a manual ORCID upgrade. That is, add the record to your ORCID profile first (this can also be automated there), and then click on ‘Refresh from ORCID’ on your ScienceOpen profile. If this is a common problem or you have a married or single name or abbreviated first name in your publication history, you can add such variants to your ORCID profile by using the Also known as feature of ORCID.

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I found multiple versions of the same record on the ‘Publications waiting for your confirmation of authorship’ page. Which one should I claim?

Background: In some cases, we receive the same articles from multiple sources and with slightly (or not so slightly) different metadata, hence the duplications.

Solution: Claim the article record with the longest available breadcrumb (yes, it’s green) and with available abstract and article if possible.

In visual terms, we prefer this one or this one  over this one .

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In one of my article records I found the capture: “This record is not yet validated.” How can I validate it?

Background: Being a research aggregator site, we bring together articles from a variety of platforms (such as CrossRef, PubMed, PubMed Central, arXiv, ORCID or publisher RSS feeds). This is in order to achieve the highest quality of metadata and discoverability of article records for you all. However, not all are equally trustable in terms of the quality of metadata, and not always consistent across sources. Considering that incomplete or ‘not fully accurate’ (tech speak: dodgy) metadata could cause serious damages in our system, we automate preference for trusted, cross-referenced repositories such as PubMed or CrossRef over manually edited or manually editable data sources such as article references.

Solution: To validate the record in question, please link it with one of the above repositories by assigning a CrossRef DOI, PMID, PMCID, or arXiv ID to your record in ORCID and the click on ‘Refresh from ORCID’ on your ScienceOpen profile. To make it even smoother, here you can learn about how to link your ORCID with the supported repositories (CrossRef or PubMed). Having no such ID to assign, unfortunately we cannot validate your record. In such cases please contact your publisher.

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My Open Access article isn’t tagged as Open Access! I want my symbol!

Background: This happens when inappropriate metadata is supplied from the journal. ScienceOpen only recognizes CC BY content as ‘true’ Open Access, based on the BOAI definition of OA.

Solution: Please contact us here, and also contact your journal to get in touch with them about how we can improve their metadata services.

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The order of authors of a record in question is wrong. How to fix it?

Barckground: In some cases, our metadata inputs do not include an exhaustive list of authors (looking at you, “et al.”). When assigning an author to such records, we don’t always have detailed information available on the order of the authors.

Solution: Again, adding a CrossRef DOI, PMC, or ArXiv ID to your record in ORCID helps avoiding such disambiguates in metadata. In the case of having no such ID-s, please contact us here.

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My name is not displayed properly on a record. To whom should I report it?

Background: A merging problem might have occurred in the course of aggregation due to a source conflict. For example, imagine if in one paper, your name is A. Smith; in another it’s A. P. Smith, another it’s Smith, Andrew. P., another it’s Dr. Andy Smith. It gets confusing, and computers get irritated by this.

Solution: Please contact us here to resolve.

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What is Public Post-Publication Peer Review?

At ScienceOpen, we have over 30 million article records all available for public, post-publication peer review (PPPR), 3 million of which are full-text Open Access. This functionality is a response to increasing calls for continuous moderation of the published research literature, a consistent questioning of the functionality of the traditional peer review model (some examples in this post), and an increasing recognition that scientific discourse does not stop at the ‘event’ point of publication for any research article.

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Reviewers must declare if they have any potential conflicts of interest that may influence their independent judgment and hence result in positively or negatively biased reviews. Declaration of competing interests aims to allow others to evaluate the autonomy and neutrality of the reviewer’s judgment. Competing interests generally arise from personal, financial or professional/academic relationships that result in a divergence between the reviewer’s private interests and their responsibilities as neutral reviewer.

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