About CORE

Our Mission

CORE’s mission is to aggregate all open access research outputs from repositories and journals worldwide and make them available to the public. In this way CORE facilitates free unrestricted access to research for all.


  • supports the right of citizens and general public to access the results of research towards which they contributed by paying taxes,
  • facilitates access to open access content for all by offering services to general public, academic institutions, libraries, software developers, researchers, etc.,
  • provides support to both content consumers and content providers by working with digital libraries, institutional and subject repositories and journals,
  • enriches the research content using state-of-the-art technology and provides access to it through a set of services including search, API and analytical tools,
  • contributes to a cultural change by promoting open access, a fast growing movement.

CORE harvests openly accessible content available according to the definition:

By 'open access' to this literature, we mean its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited.


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The team

Lucas Anastasiou Lead Developer

Works on maintaining CORE service, continuously enhancing it with new features and developing new modules for it. Among the rest of the team envisions the creation of the world's largest full text open access dataset.
While not on his computer coding, he enjoys playing chess, scratching his guitar and dreams of climbing Alpe d'Huez or Col de la Madone with his bike.

Matteo Cancellieri Developer and Continuous Integration secret lover

Works on improving and and maintaining CORE services, especially in the frontend side. Once he was a Super Mario plumber.

Drahomira Herrmannova PhD student & Data Analyst

Works with the rest of the team on both front- and back-end development. Enjoys maintaining and improving CORE as it provides her with useful data for her PhD. Dreams of turning CORE into a hub for Semantometric research. Book lover and sports enthusiast in her spare time.

Petr Knoth Founder; Product & Team Leader

Started by developing the first CORE prototype in 2010 out of sheer frustration over the difficulty of text-mining open access papers. Responsible for leading the team, development & research effort, funding and product strategy. Believes in free unrestricted access to research for all. Excited by the opportunities of machine access to research papers to extract and create new knowledge. Green tea lover & retired ice skater.

Samuel Pearce Developer and Data & Harvesting Expert

Nancy Pontika Communications

A communications guru in the 'dominated by developers' CORE team. Her job is to liaise with the data providers and the technical group. As an open access advocate she hopes that one day there will be no access barriers to scientific literature. In her spare time she likes to swim, read and travel.

Zdenek Zdrahal Deputy Product & Team Leader

Alumni CORE Staff

Tomas Korec

Dominika Koroncziova

Magdalena Krygielova

Jakub Novotny

Gabriela Pavel

Vojtech Robotka

Ian Tindle