Just 6 months after the release of its official website, the social network for scientists, MyScienceWork, has announced that the platform’s 30 million publications are now available without subscription. Created by two young academics with complementary profiles, the scientific social network intends to multiply the functionalities aimed at adapting new technologies to the communication of scientific results. Entirely free and based on multidisciplinarity and open access to publications, the website already allows the scientific community to benefit from a centralized communication platform offering a large number of profiles, job offers, scientific events and popular science articles.
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Virginie Simon, CEO and cofounder of MyScienceWork, provides insight on the decision: “Until now, we have concentrated on facilitating the discovery of new subjects or new collaborators by suggesting content relevant to the profile of our members. Today, we are about to announce new functionalities that will make the consultation of articles easier and allow for them to be used collaboratively. We have decided to open the access to our publications without registration, but keep in mind that it remains beneficial for users to sign up, in order to benefit from other advantages, in terms of visibility and guidance.”
Virginie Simon adds that, “The goal of open access today is not only free access to all publications, but also to provide new tools to facilitate one’s literature review. Faced with the quantity of articles produced every month in the world, the issue really is about efficiently identifying innovative and pertinent content in an individualized way.”
MyScienceWork (www.mysciencework.com) is a professional scientific social network. The start-up was created in 2010 by Virginie Simon, a biotech engineer and PhD in nanotechnology, and Tristan Davaille, a financial engineer with a degree in economics. MSW aims to use digital tools to improve the diffusion of scientific results and accelerate the development of research. MSW currently has a team of 12 people, divided between Paris and Luxembourg. MSW was awarded a “Most Promising Start-Up” prize in France and the “Creative Young Entrepreneur Luxembourg" title in 2013. In 2012 and 2013, MSW organized International Open Access Week, first in Paris, and then in Luxembourg.
Social network: www.mysciencework.com
Popular science site: http://www.mysciencework.com/news/