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Europe PMC team

 | 23 October 2015


#OAweek 2015: Open access in numbers

For Open Access week 2015, we tweeted some number-related
facts about Europe PMC, reproduced with a little additional context here.

1.  #EuropePMC has over 3,447,632 full text
articles, with over 1,134,397 in the #openaccess subset #OAweek

As well as full text articles, Europe PMC contains all of
the 25.4M PubMed abstracts, plus additional content comprising a further 5M
records composed of a number of things, including biological patents. Find out
more here.

2.  29% of articles published in 2014 are now
available as full text or #openacess
#OAweek #OAinNumbers

This compares to less than 7% in 2001. In particular the
open access subset (which as well as being free to read, is free of some
copyright and licensing restrictions) has grown enormously: from less than 1%
of articles published in 2001 to over 19% published in 2014.

3.  #EuropePMC is supported by 27 Europe-based
research funders, who fund research around the world #OAweek #OAinNumbers

See who they are and find links to their open access
policies here.

4.  54,487 – the number of grants awarded by
#EuropePMC funders accessed via the Grant Lookup tool
#OAweek #OAinNumbers

That’s a lot of funding!

5.  UKPMC launched on 8 January 2007, rebranded to
#EuropePMC 1 November 2012 #OAweek #OAinNumbers

When we launched it was with 8 UK-based funders. Now those
initial 8 have been joined by a further 19 (more if you count those who have
since merged), and include a growing number of funders from across Europe.

6.  Since we started 12,279 full text author
manuscripts have been uploaded – 2,128 are in the #openaccess subset #OAweek

Europe PMC is effectively a green and gold repository in
that both routes to open access are supported for full text content to get into
Europe PMC. Most comes via the publisher (‘gold’) route to PMC from where it is
mirrored to Europe PMC. The repositories also have their own manuscript
submission systems, which enable authors to use the ‘green’ route and archive
their articles directly, if the work was funded by one of our funders. Any
content generated via this route is mirrored back to PMC and vice versa.

7.  1,892,647 articles are associated with one or
more ORCIDs
#OAweek #OAinNumbers

You can use the Europe PMC author-claiming tool to link your articles to your ORCID.
If you have a common name or have changed your name this is a great way to make
sure your articles are easily identified as yours.

8.  20 Accession types linked in #EuropePMC
#OAweek #OAinNumbers

Accession types are text-mined so that when they appear in an
article a link is created directly to the relevant data record in external
databases including ArrayExpress, Ensembl, the EU Clinical Trials Register and

9.  #EuropePMC searches abstracts & full text, &
covers more content. E.g. Alzheimer 100K results Europe PMC vs 80K PubMed
#OAweek #OAinNumbers

Enough said! But check out tweet 1 if you want a reminder of
that content.

10. 3 ways to create or sign in to a #EuropePMC
account: ORCID id, Twitter or Europe PMC-specific login #OAweek #OAinNumbers

Don’t waste time typing in the same searches each week, save
your searches instead so that you can easily check what new content has been
added to Europe PMC. More great features planned for user accounts coming soon!

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