The Library of Science is an Open Access collection of articles published in Polish scientific journals and of scientific books. The resources are available as full-text with metadata.
The new version of the platform has been developed in the project titled “Platform of Polish Scientific Publications”, co-financed from the European Regional Development Fund, 2nd priority axis of the Operational Program Digital Poland for 2014-2020, Measure 2.3. (total project value: PLN 5,164,777.78, co-financing from European Funds: PLN 4,370,951.43).
Within this project, we have already gathered over 300 new journal titles and tens of thousands of new scientific articles to make them available in Open Access. The project also includes the preparation of mobile versions of selected scientific books. This is a continuation of our previous activities – we currently make openly available few hundred thousands of scientific articles from almost 1,400 journals. We have also collected almost 600 scientific books that we successively make available on the same platform.
The new version of the “Library of Science” provides full-text publications of journals and books, along with an interface for automatic imports and for uploads of new resources by journal editors and publishers. Thanks to the implementation of recognised technical standards, scientific publications made available on our platform are very well visible for search engines and are thus easily accessible to all interested readers. We have now provided for an even more attractive presentation and we have introduced additional features such as a citation generator in popular formats. Each journal operates from its own “home page” on the website, where they can present the content of each issue, as well as information about journal official score, indicators, editorial board, the rules for accepting and reviewing manuscripts, etc. It is a great help in promotion not only for the authors of these publications, but also for the publishers and editors themselves.
As part of the project we have been also carrying out a series of training courses for publishers and editors, devoted to legal, technical and organizational aspects of Open Access publishing. We provide guidance on the transition to open licenses, which has been recommended to the publishers of Polish scientific journals by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education and the signatories of Plan S, including the National Science Center.