PeerJ joins Initiative for Open Abstracts to promote discovery of research

PeerJ is pleased to be a supporting publisher for the Initiative for Open Abstracts, which launched today (September 24th, 2020).

The Initiative for Open Abstracts (I4OA) calls on all scholarly publishers to open the abstracts of their publications, and specifically to distribute them through Crossref, in order to facilitate large-scale access and promote discovery of critical research. I4OA – a collaboration between scholarly publishers, academic librarians, researchers, infrastructure providers and other stakeholders – launches today at the online conference of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA).

The good news for PeerJ authors – and those wishing to make use of open abstracts – is that PeerJ has been doing this since day one to maximise both the visibility and reach of content, to promote inclusion of the articles we publish in systematic reviews, and for use in text mining, natural language processing and artificial intelligence techniques in bibliometric analyses. 

I4OA calls on all scholarly publishers to do the same, using Crossref to make their abstracts openly available. Support for I4OA has also been expressed by over 34 publishers and 50 other stakeholders including global research funders, libraries and library associations, infrastructure providers, and open science organizations, demonstrating the importance and relevance of this Initiative to the scholarly community.

At PeerJ we of course urge making the fulltext of research openly available, not only to provide wider and fairer distribution of knowledge but also to support fulltext mining, which consistently outperforms abstract text mining.

To find out more about I4OA check out the official website: https://i4oa.org/