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 | 3 March 2022


SciELO Preprints discoverable in Europe PMC

We are delighted to announce that SciELO Preprints are now discoverable in Europe PMC. 

SciELO (Scientific Electronic Library Online) is a bibliographic database, digital library, and cooperative electronic publishing model of open access journals. It was originally established in Brazil in 1997 and has since expanded to include collections from 16 countries, predominantly in Latin America. 

In 2020 SciELO and the Public Knowledge Project (PKP) launched the SciELO Preprints Collection to accelerate the availability of research articles and other scientific communications.

As an avid supporter of open science, Europe PMC has been indexing life science preprints alongside journal articles since 2018. Currently, over 400,000 preprints from over 20 different platforms are available in Europe PMC. Preprints in Europe PMC are enriched with links to open peer review materials, related data, citing articles, and other useful resources. 

Over 1000 SciELO Preprints are available in Europe PMC in their original language, Portuguese, Spanish, or English, and can be accessed using the following search: PUBLISHER:”SciELO Preprints”.

            An example of a SciELO preprint in Europe PMC. 

The preprint page displays the title, abstract, and author information. The preprint is linked to the journal published version from the preprint banner, as well as preprint reviews, including the recent integration between SciELO Preprints and PREreview, and also to the citation information and alternative metrics from the Citations & impact section on the left hand side. Readers can view genes, diseases and organisms mentioned in the preprint under the Annotations tool on the right hand side. The preprint can also be easily added to the ORCID profile by the authors using the Claim to ORCID option on the right.

An important outcome of the new collaboration between Europe PMC and SciELO is the push for changes to scholarly infrastructure to better handle multilingual content. Support for multilingual metadata is now part of Crossref’s public roadmap. Implementation of these changes would enable Europe PMC to host Portuguese, Spanish, and English versions for SciELO Preprints. But much more importantly, it could mean greater accessibility and discoverability of multilingual research across many scholarly platforms.

You can learn more about SciELO Preprints in Europe PMC from this webinar recording.


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