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Librarians gain new insights into their researchers’ arXiv usage

 

Founded three decades ago, arXiv is now home to more than 2 million scholarly articles by researchers in disciplines ranging from computer science to economics.

With its ambitious mission to provide an open platform where researchers can share and discover new, relevant, and emerging science, arXiv’s popularity has continued to grow in recent years. In fact, in many fields of mathematics and physics, the majority of scientific papers are posted on arXiv prior to their publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

arXiv is hosted at the US’ Cornell University, with financial support from the Simons Foundation, other donors, and more than 200 member institutions.

New among the membership benefits that all institutions receive, is access to a personalized digital dashboard, containing an overview of the articles their researchers have posted on the platform. This is the first time submission data by institution -- including subject category breakdown – has been offered to arXiv members.

To provide this information, arXiv is working with Scopus to optimize that publication data and increase institution’s visibility of their researcher contributions.

Updated annually, the dashboards will help institutions build a more holistic picture of the research activities taking place across their campuses. Institutions will be better able to track changes in their institution’s research outputs posted to arXiv, identifying arXiv usage in different subject categories over time.

For institutions, particularly librarians, this level of detail and transparency has multiple benefits. The insights can be used to understand and report on progress towards open access and other key strategic goals. They can also be used to inform future planning. Importantly, arXiv helps institutions fulfill their mission of expanding access to scholarship.

Alison Fromme, arXiv’s Community Engagement Manager, commented: “Our member institutions value learning about their contributions to arXiv. It helps them understand how their researchers are contributing to the world of research, and how their institutions are contributing to the wider body of scholarly knowledge."

Elsevier’s Iana Tsandev, Director of Product Management, commented: “The quality, breadth and reliability of Scopus data, combined with its transparent structure, has already seen some of the world’s leading university ranking organizations use Scopus data in their calculations. We are really delighted that we now have this opportunity to share our data with arXiv for this important project valuable collaboration.”

  • Want to know more about your arXiv institutional dashboard or becoming an arXiv member? You can contact arXiv at membership@arXiv.org.
  • Did you know that Scopus contains profiles for more than 84,000 organizations worldwide? Learn more about Scopus organization profiles here. Scopus subscribers: explore your organization profiles on Scopus.com.
  • Scopus is also home to more than 17 million individual author profiles. Researchers, visit your Scopus Author Profile here. No subscription needed.

About arXiv

arXiv has pioneered the open access movement, providing a fast, free, digital service to share research results and increase the visibility of important research. This value became critically apparent in 2020 as the pandemic increased the need for rapid sharing of research results. arXiv now hosts more than 5,500 submissions related to COVID-19.

Today, up to 1,200 new submissions in eight major subject areas are received daily, in addition to up to 1,000 revisions and other updates. Four staff members, 196 volunteer moderators around the world, and automated systems screen and curate the submissions, which are not peer reviewed.

(The article above also appears on the arXiv blog)

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