Membership Documentation

In this documentation you can find an instruction about how to interact with all features of CORE Memberships.

CORE Dashboard

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The Dashboard is the central hub from which you can access all membership benefits.

In the Dashboard you can:

  • control and configure how CORE indexes your data and how it displays information about you as a data provider within the CORE ecosystem,
  • set up your repository so that our OAI Resolver can resolve your OAI identifiers directly to your repository,
  • validate that your repository metadata conforms to best practices and standards,
  • manage how metadata from your repository is exposed across the open access research network,
  • monitor and access statistics, such as on downloads, enrichments and OA compliance,
  • install repository plugins, such as the CORE Recommender and Discovery.

Access to Dashboard account: It is possible to have multiple Dashboard accounts for one organisation. You can send an invitation to your colleagues from the Settings tab.

CORE Discovery

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CORE Discovery helps users to discover freely accessible copies of research papers. It is available as a plugin. This plugin enriches a metadata record in your repository with a full text link of the described article, whenever an open access version of the document is available anywhere across the open research network.

You can install the CORE Discovery plugin directly from the Dashboard by clicking on the Plugins tab on the sidebar.

More information about how this works can be found on the CORE Discovery page.

CORE Recommender

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The Recommender plugin helps your users to find related content within your own repository and from across the global open repositories network.

You can install the Recommender directly from the Dashboard by clicking on the Plugins sidebar.

More information about how this works can be found on the CORE Recommender page.

General support

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Our enthusiastic open access team is ready to answer general queries about CORE. To contact support click on the link below.

Contact support

Download statistics

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If you install the IRUS (Institutional Repository Usage Statistics) tracker in your repository or journal system, you will be able to access your download statistics from within the Dashboard. This includes the downloads statistics for your papers in CORE as well as those directly realised in our system. After installing the IRUS tracker, a graph with statistical information on downloads will appear in the Overview tab on the Dashboard.

Repository Discovery Boost

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Increases the discoverability of your content via:

  • PMC LinkOut - open-access full texts from your repository promoted to PubMed Central via their LinkOut service,
  • Recommended across the repositories network - your organisation's research becomes discoverable from within hundreds of repositories that use the CORE Recommender plugin, including high-profile repositories such as arxiv.org.

The Discovery Boost is automatically applied to your organisation’s content when you become a CORE Member.

Get your OAI identifiers resolved to your repository

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An OAI (Open Archives Initiative) identifier is a unique identifier of a metadata record. OAI identifiers are used in the context of repositories using the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH).

CORE can resolve any OAI identifier to either a metadata page of the record in CORE or route it directly to your repository page. To route directly to the repository, it is necessary to provide mapping in the CORE Repository page between the OAI prefix of a repository and the currently used URL for the repository metadata record display page/splash. The redirection will change instantly.

To register your OAI mapping you should go to the Settings tab in the Dashboard. More information about OAI identifiers, why they are important and how you can enable OAI resolving to your repository can be found on the OAI Resolver documentation page.

Logos for your papers

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By uploading your logo to your Dashboard account, you can associate your research papers in CORE with your official organisational logo. Your logo will then become visible to millions of CORE users and will be displayed in a range of places across the CORE ecosystem including:

  • CORE Search,
  • CORE Recommender,
  • CORE Discovery,
  • Your data provider page in CORE.

To upload your logo, go to the Settings tab.

Examples of how your logos will feature are listed below:

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Logo banner

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We display banners acknowledging the generous support of our Supporting and Sustaining members in multiple places in the CORE ecosystem including:

  • CORE Search: Logos of our Supporting and Sustaining members are rotated to give all members exposure,
  • Board of Supporters: Lists all Supporting and Sustaining members.

This banner is either automatically created based on the logo you upload in the Settings tab in the Dashboard or you can send us your own version. The banner should have the following size and format:

  • 1:1 ratio;
  • png, jpeg, svg.

An Example logo banner is displayed below:

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Personalised banner

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You can promote your research conferences, events, academic jobs and other mission-aligned communications on the CORE website. To do so, send us your proposed personalised banner. The banner should have the following size: XXXXX and be in XXX format.

Example of a personalised banner:

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Board of Supporters

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CORE Supporting and Sustaining Members are invited to join our Board of Supporters. The Board meets annually to identify opportunities, collect feedback and help prioritise the development of the service.

You can help shape our development roadmap by having a formal say on our Board of Supporters (1 vote for Supporting, 2 votes for Sustaining member).

By becoming a CORE Supporting or Sustaining member you will automatically appear on the Board of Supporters website.

Technical support (‚ȧ5)

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Our team has extensive experience in working with repositories and open scholarly infrastructures. We are here to assist our members with technical issues relating to issues, such as:

  • indexing and discoverability of your articles,
  • guidance relating to providing interoperable metadata, i.e. metadata conforming to best practices and standards,
  • supporting researchers and developers at your institution in processing research content via the CORE API and CORE Dataset,
  • providing support for your Recommender and Discovery installations,
  • any technical queries relating to the use of CORE Dashboard.

Supporting members get a guaranteed technical support of up to 5 technical queries per year via a dedicated email address. Sustaining members can have an unlimited number of queries.

–źPI use for your organisation

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The CORE API allows members of your organisation to develop applications, products or services and to conduct research using our vast corpus of searchable research papers. The API provides:

  • Real-time machine access to the world's largest corpus of open access research papers, containing both metadata and full texts,
  • Harmonised access to data across CORE‚Äôs data providers network,
  • Detailed API documentation with live examples and wrappers to common programming languages.

Many of our API users are researchers, masters and PhD students in all domains who need to programmatically and systematically interrogate a large research corpus. The API is often used in the context of national and international research projects. Increasingly, it is also being used to provide research analytics for academic institutions.

The membership provides you with a licence to use the CORE API within your organisation, except for commercial purposes, subject to our T&Cs.

Unlimited and prioritised support

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Sustaining members receive unlimited and prioritised Technical support via a dedicated email address.

CORE OA Compliance Dashboard

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Tools for Open Access compliance monitoring. Currently we support the monitoring of the time lag between the deposit of a paper into a repository and its publication date. These features are continuously being
developed to accommodate changes in recent OA policies. Particularly, we are working hard to provide tools to support the monitoring of Plan S and UKRI OA policies. If you are interested in us monitoring a policy that we do not currently support, please contact us and we will consider adding support for it.

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Dataset use for your university

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The Dataset allows members of your organisation to download our vast corpus of open research papers and use it for research and research analytics.

Many of our Dataset users are researchers, masters and PhD students in all domains who need to programmatically and systematically interrogate a large research corpus within their own infrastructure. The Dataset is often used to train machine learning models for a wide range of activities in the context of national and international research projects.

The Dataset provides you with:

  • The entire CORE corpus of both metadata and full texts in a machine readable format,
  • Detailed documentation on how to download the CORE dataset and how data is organised.

The membership provides you with a licence to use the CORE Dataset within your organisation, except for commercial purposes, subject to our T&Cs.

Detailed information about how to use the CORE Dataset can be found in the Dataset documentation.

Repository health check

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We can perform a data-driven metadata quality assessment consultation for your institution. We will assess current level of metadata quality, in relation to FAIRness and Open Access compliance polices and we will provide guidance on how to improve it. (1 consultation per year included)

If you are interested in us helping you to check your repository health, please contact us.

Hosted or interview style blog post on mission-aligned activities

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We are keen to provide a hosted or interview-style post on the CORE blog about open access, open science and other relevant mission-oriented activities your organisation is involved in. We would love to hear from you, feel free to contact us to arrange this.