Monday, 2 December 2013

CC-BY Open Access Button

The Open Access Button was launched in November, and is the idea of two students, Joseph Mcarthur and David Carroll . Essentially, its purpose is to highlight the detrimental effects of publisher paywalls to research, and offer tools to try to find an open access version of the paper being searched for. The Open Access Button is a bookmarklet that you can add to the bookmark bar near the top of your browser, then click whenever you come across a paper that you can't get access to. It will be very interesting to see what develops from this project!

Thursday, 5 September 2013


Figshare is a cloud based, data storage and sharing service for researchers, where up to 1GB of space can be used to store data privately, and unlimited space is available for researchers to share their data openly. Signing up to Figshare is a very quick process and ORCID ID's (see previous post) can also be used, enabling researchers to have their publications and data linked to their online profile.

Wednesday, 27 February 2013


ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) -

ORCID provides researchers with a unique persistent digital identifier, allowing disambiguation from other authors with the same or similar names. Individual researchers can sign up to ORCID for free to receive their ORCID identifier immediately. My one looks like this:


Currently researchers can complete a profile and list or match themselves with their papers via the CrossRef system. It is possible to link the ORCID identifier with other identifiers including those generated by SCOPUS, ResearcherID and LinkedIn. The service is currently being developed so that affiliations, grants and patents will soon be able to have ORCID identifiers assigned to them as well.