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SN SciGraph

Welcome to SN SciGraph, our Linked Open Data offering which aggregates data sources from Springer Nature and key partners from the scholarly domain. The Linked Open Data platform collates information from across the research landscape, for example, funders, research projects, conferences, affiliations, and publications.

Additional data, such as citations, patents, clinical trials, and usage numbers will follow over time. This high-quality data from trusted and reliable sources provides a rich semantic description of how information is related, as well as enables innovative visualizations of the scholarly domain.

By doing so, SN SciGraph overcomes former boundaries by relating comprehensive information about the research landscape. It represents a further step in data integration and it will continue to grow organically. Our aim is to increase the discoverability of high-quality data as larger parts of our datasets are being made available under CC-BY licensing.


From the very beginning of the Dimensions project, we knew we didn’t want to simply create another A&I database. Our goal was to provide a fresh take on research information; a more open and comprehensive data infrastructure that empowered users to explore connections between a wide range of research data.

That fresh approach extended to the project team. Digital Science and our portfolio companies ReadCube, Altmetric, Figshare, Symplectic, Digital Science Consultancy and ÜberResearch, didn’t build Dimensions alone. We worked closely with the research community throughout the project, a relationship that continues to drive new developments today.

Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID)

ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier (an ORCID iD) that you own and control, and that distinguishes you from every other researcher. You can connect your iD with your professional information — affiliations, grants, publications, peer review, and more. You can use your iD to share your information with other systems, ensuring you get recognition for all your contributions, saving you time and hassle, and reducing the risk of errors.

Registry of Open Access Repositories (ROAR)

The aim of ROAR is to promote the development of open access by providing timely information about the growth and status of repositories throughout the world. Open access to research maximises research access and thereby also research impact, making research more productive and effective. - Free Web App

All publications and citations together with rich contextual information – freely available for personal, non-commercial use.  

Dimensions contains more than 100 million publications, ranging from articles published in scholarly journals, books, and book chapters, to preprints and conference proceedings. All publications are contextualized with linked data sets, funding, publications, patents, clinical trials, and policy documents. You can also view associated categories, funders, institutions, and researcher profiles.

All you need to know about Open Science Tools


Source: based on Koch, M. (2015). Publizieren über das Repositorium der Leibniz Universität Hannover. TIB Blog
Green open access – also known as self-archiving – refers to making a work published with a publisher available to the public in an institutional or discipli­nary open access repository. It is sometimes understood to refer also to ma­king such a work available on the author’s personal website. Self-archiving can take place at the same time as the publication of the content by the publisher or at a later date, and is possible for preprints and post-prints of scholarly articles, as well as for other document types, for example, monographs, research reports, and conference proceedings.


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