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Covid-19 News Initiative to open up Covid-19 research further


Several leading publishers, along with Digital Science’s ReadCube, are part of an initiative to facilitate access to literature relevant to Covid-19 research. The Covid-19 Research Pass (CRP) programme provides direct access to more than 26 million articles and is available to anyone studying or writing about Covid-19. The CRP programme expands on earlier


efforts to provide Covid-19 researchers with access to a broader set of content needed in the course of their research. Rather than pre-filtering access to specific articles related to Covid-19, the CRP allows researchers to access any article from participating publishers they may need while studying Covid-19, including both open access and content behind paywalls. A statement from Digital Science read:


‘The ability to access related and prior work can be particularly helpful to researchers studying ways of improving therapies, clinical, and public health outcomes. For example, topics such as ventilators or respiratory syndromes often remain behind paywalls. Additionally, the program can support COVID-19 researchers who are now working remotely and require remote access to literature.’ Initial participating publishers include the Journal of the American Medical


Digital Science partners China tech firm on Covid-19 portal


Digital Science has teamed up with the Beijing-based technology company Zhipu. AI to conduct data challenges and collaborate in building a Covid-19 information portal. Zhipu.AI, a spin-out from


Tsinghua University, aims to build an advanced artificial intelligence engine that can support and empower the research and innovation sectors globally. The company focuses on solving the current challenges of research organisations and government agencies, by using its extensive experience in analysing large- scale complex networks, deep semantic mining and leveraging innovative techniques with cognitive graphs. This strategic collaboration


will see the two companies work together on a broad range of projects over the next several


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years. Some of the existing opportunities planned for the collaboration include joint hosting of a new set of data challenges centred around scholarly communications problems such as name disambiguation; and bringing together advanced analysis tools from both companies to create deeper insights for the sector. Collaboration will be a central theme of the new relationship and will see Digital Science’s Overleaf made more seamlessly available to more Chinese users, enabling them to create, edit and publish their research all from one browser using the LaTeX editor. Jie Tang, chief scientist at Zhipu, said: ‘Digital Science and Zhipu.AI are united by a common goal to improve information flows and encourage collaboration


to facilitate research and innovation. ‘With our combined strengths


in advanced digital technologies and insights into the scientific ecosystem from both a global and regional perspective, we are able to build more intelligent and reliable tools to encourage the exchange of ideas and improve research practices to better serve the needs of the research community. We look forward to a fruitful partnership and are excited about our first joint initiatives on data challenges and the Covid-19 information portal.’ Both teams will work


together to ensure that both English and Chinese-language information is as widely shared as possible by providing a Covid-19 information portal with all related publications, datasets and clinical trials


exported into a google sheet and hosted on Digital Science’s Figshare, as well as a dedicated website. The Google sheet and website will be updated daily pulling all relevant content on Covid-19 from Digital Science’s Dimensions platform, to make sharing and distributing this research information easier. Daniel Hook, CEO Digital


Science, said: ‘It is a pleasure to be working with colleagues from Zhipu.AI. Just as in academia itself, international collaborations between companies that support the emerging global research infrastructure are critical to establishing the tools and cultures that allow us to act globally to tackle the world’s hardest problems. ‘We are proud to launch this


initiative with our partners in China.’


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Association (JAMA), Springer Nature, and Wiley. Organisers are inviting additional publishers to the programme and aim to expand further the range of articles accessible to participants. Key aspects of the programme include:


• Instant full-text access. Pass holders can access free of charge any full-text article (or book chapter) required for use in the context of their Covid-19 research;


• Flexibility. Users can search within the portal or install a web browser extension which will alert them whenever they come across content covered by the program;


• Collaboration. Participants can generate temporary sharing URLs that


provide read-only access (printing and downloading disabled) to the full text to anyone outside the CRP programme. Here is a sample. These links may be posted on social networking sites. Private collaboration groups are also accessible; and


• Text and data mining. Participants may apply for automated text and data mining access (TDM) to full-text content.


The programme is available to researchers across corporate, government and academic labs, clinicians, and other health care providers, journalists, and policy- makers who are actively working on Covid-19 efforts.


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