In a nutshell, the Open Access movement promotes free access to the scientific literature. For a more in-depth introduction, we recommend this video in English and this introduction in French.
You should do it because:
There are roughly three types of repositories:
If your research community favours a specific repository, using it makes sense as it will increase your visibility. If not, institutional or general-purpose repositories are also good options.
At the moment, you can use Dissemin to deposit in the following repositories:
Supporting more repositories requires us to write specific code for each repository. More importantly it requires the repositories to give us permission to deposit papers in bulk. We have been considering integrating the following repositories:
Dissemin is a web platform gathering metadata from many sources and analyzing the full text availability of publications of researchers. It has been designed to foster the use of repositories (rather than preprints posted on personal homepages), for numerous reasons.
Dissemin is not a repository as it does not store any full text. When the full text of a publication is available, a link to the relevant page is provided. The full texts deposited through Dissemin are stored in third-party repositories such as Zenodo or HAL.
Dissemin is brought to you by the CAPSH association.
Yes, you can do it, by first registering on ORCID if you do not have an ORCID identifier yet. This only takes a few seconds, and you can then use your ORCID identifier to log into Dissemin.
We have the following five policy classes:
The full text is made freely available by the publisher (in a fully open access or hybrid journal).
Pre/post prints allowed and full text available:
The full text is available in a repository, but might not be freely available from the publisher itself. This is in line with the publishing policy and is called green open access or self-archiving.
Pre/post prints allowed but full text unavailable:
The full text could be made available in a repository (as above) according to the publishing policy. We encourage their authors to do so.
The full text is not available and dissem.in could not evaluate if the publishers policy allows making the full text freely available.
Pre/post prints forbidden:
The publisher forbids deposits in repositories, in general. Authors might still be allowed to deposit their works after some embargo period or if their funder has an agreement with this publisher.
When we have found it in one of the repositories we harvest. The list of these repositories can be found here. Thanks to the BASE search engine, we cover more than 80 millions of preprints.
There are a few caveats concerning our data:
Please first check whether the paper is available in one of our sources. If it is not, Dissemin cannot harvest it, and you should report the problem to the source where it should appear. Note that it can take up to a couple of months for our primary sources to discover your latest papers and for Dissemin to harvest it.
Now, if your paper does appear in one of the sources but not on Dissemin, please check that your name is not spelt incorrectly on the source, and that the spelling matches your ORCID record. If there is a misspelling, again, you should report the problem to the source that contains the mistake.
If the name matches but the paper is not in Dissemin, then maybe one of your co-authors asked us to delete it? Or it may be a bug. In this case, please file an issue describing the problem, or send a message to email@example.com.
Note that, in the longer term, we hope to design a way for our users to edit their profiles on Dissemin to add missing papers and fix these problems; but we do not have such a system yet.
In most cases, the errors that you see on Dissemin have not been introduced by Dissemin, but are already present in the public sources that Dissemin harvests. Hence, please first check if the error that you have seen is already present in our data sources, by looking at the "Links" section in the top right of the page. If one of these pages contain the error, you should report the problem to them and not to us, otherwise the mistake will persist in the source.
If the error is not present in any of the sources and you believe that Dissemin may have introduced the problem, please file an issue with details of the problem, or send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org. Note that you cannot yet fix the problem yourself, although we hope in the longer term to develop a system to allow our users to edit details of their papers themselves.
First, note that Dissemin does not account for copies of articles that are only available on a personal homepage or a similar website. This is deliberate, because we believe that articles should be hosted in repositories.
Second, at the moment, Dissemin only supports repositories with a crawlable API that follows the OAI-PMH protocol, and is registered in BASE. Hence, if you are a user of a repository and would like it to be supported by Dissemin, please contact the repository administrator and suggest them to implement OAI-PMH support and to register their repository in BASE.
If the repository is registered in BASE, please search in BASE to check that your article is there. If it is, then this may be a bug of Dissemin; please file an issue describing the problem, or send a message to email@example.com.
Authenticating users is necessary to deposit papers on their behalf in open repositories. Besides, knowing a user's ORCID id helps us find its publications, avoiding articles authored by namesakes for instance. Logging in via ORCID will not expose any private information to Dissemin: we only have access to the public part of your ORCID record. For instance, unless you have explicitly marked your email address as public, we do not even know your email address when you log in to Dissemin via ORCID. Authentication with eduGAIN/Shibboleth only exposes to us the information that your identity provider is willing to transfer.
If your identity provider sends Dissemin an ORCID, there is no difference in functionality, except that for some institutional repositories we can confirm that you are a member of the owning instution of the repository if you authenticate with eduGAIN---which may accelerate the publication process in the repository. If your identity provide does not transmit an ORCID, we can't associate your account with an ORCID profile.
Nothing. When you log in via ORCID to Dissemin, this does not grant us any permission to change anything in your ORCID record.
ORCID supports various methods to claim publications. Our preferred one is via CrossRef's search interface. Here is how to use it:
You can also add publications to your profile on Dissemin, by clicking the button "Include in my profile" in search results on Dissemin. (This button is only visible when you are logged in, and next to papers that Dissemin thinks you have authored.) You can also exclude articles from your profile in this way. Please note that these changes are local to Dissemin and are not propagated to your ORCID profile, because ORCID does not have a free API allowing us to propagate them.
If you change some details in your ORCID profile (name, homepage, etc.), the changes will not automatically be picked up in your profile on Dissemin. To update your profile on Dissemin accordingly, once you have logged in to Dissemin, you can go to your profile page and click "Refresh publications".
Based on the ORCID, Dissemin will automatically merge both accounts into one. This requires that your identity provider releases your ORCID. If your identity provider supports this functionality, you can add your ORCID in the user management of your identity provider.
Our sources are listed on this page.
There are many ways to get involved:
The source code is available on GitLab.
Yes! We even have an API. If it does not suit your needs, please don't hesitate to get in touch by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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