LitCovid: Global coronavirus research data platform

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Many publishers have released free articles on the Covid pandemic19, responding to the need for more information for researchers and the public.

Access to a worldwide repository of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus research data is also available Greek scientists, which have been drafted in the fight to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. “Researchers all over the world unite,” is essentially the message sent by worldwide LitCovid initiative, launched by the world’s largest publishing houses, responding to the demand of the scientific community to ensure that all coronavirus research findings and newer data are readily accessible to all scientists working in every corner of the earth, in order to save human lives.

“More than 1300 posts in one database”

The LitCovid database was created by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and is accessible through the free PubMed Central (PMC) digital bibliographic database. Recognizing that SARS-CoV-2 poses a significant and immediate threat to global health 35 leading publishers and publishers of scientific journals provide instant free access to all virus-related publications.

So far, at the base https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/research/coronavirus/ 1,328 scientific articles on coronavirus have been posted. Indicatively, 266 new scientific publications were uploaded in the week from March 9 to 15, while this week – up to 20/3 – had already been uploaded 206. Articles are categorized according to their research field and geographical reference.

The publishers who provide the content on the LitCovid database are: American Society for Microbiology, Annals of Internal Medicine, The British Medical Journal (BMJ), Bulletin of the World Health Organization, Cambridge University Press (CUP), Cell Press, Chinese Journal of Lung Cancer, eLife, Elsevier, EMBO Press, Emerald Publishin, European Respiratory Society, F1000 Research Limited, Frontiers, Future Science Group (FSG), Healthcare Infection Society, IOP Publishing, JMIR Publications, Karger Publishers, The Lancet, Life Science Alliance , Microbiology Society, New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), Oxford University Press, PLOS, PNAS – Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, Rockefeller University Press (RUP), The Royal Society, SAGE Publishing, Science Journals – American Association for the Advancement of Science, Springer Nature, Taylor & Francis, WikiJournal User Group, Wiley, Wolters Kluwer.

“Many publishers, responding to the need for more information for researchers and the public, have freelance articles on the Covid pandemic19,” the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Library Information Center (EIU) Library Director told APA. Katerina Nasta for free access given to thousands of Greek researchers as well as AUTH students.

“The LitCovid initiative is not the only one responding to the demand for free access to Covid19-related sources,” adds Nasta, further informing on access to articles, analysis and academic books offered by Covid. https://www.gale.com/intl/covid19support, open access to all JSTOR Public Health journals https://about.jstor.org/covid19/ and the initiative taken by the ICOLC International Association of Library Consortiums for publishers.

Comprehensive list of extraordinary publisher offers maintained by a team of University of Massachusetts Amherst librarians, while the University of Patras Library has compiled and is constantly updating a comprehensive list of Covid19 research resources on the site https://library.upatras.gr/news/covidinformation.

“Libraries and Publishers on the Side and Those Who … We Stay Home”

Free access to scientific publications about the coronavirus is not the only joint contribution of publishing houses – libraries to the difficult times that society is experiencing. “Many publishers are opening up other material to facilitate research in general, as libraries around the world are suspending the provision of services that require physical presence. AUTH Library staff, who support our website and our presence on social media, are constantly looking for and updating – members of the academic community on research and all citizens of content of general interest – about any new source, which is freely accessible due to the emergency, “said Ms Nasta. “Free digitalized literature is available through the BKP-AUTH Digital Library. Digital.lib.auth.gr. Other similar actions that can keep people in the house together are the National Library’s Online Reading Room, the Open Library, and the Little Reader. Also, in recent days Greek publishers are offering their editions in electronic form. Offers of publications Pataki, Hairiaris-Education, Metachimo, Kastaniotis and Diopters increase the number of free books in text or audio format, “he explains. In addition, members of the Harvard University Press publishing house are offered free access to the Digital Loeb Classical Library on request by June 30, and associate publishers have free access to books and magazines through the ProjectMuse platform for a limited time.

“E-Library with telework”

From Wednesday, March 11, h AUTH Library suspended its operation as part of measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus. According to the Act on Legislative Content on the Administrative Functioning of Universities, which were specialized by its Rectory Authorities AUTH, few people work daily with physical presence and the majority of teleworking staff, however, as Mrs Nasta assures, “The Aristotle’s Library can continue its work even with the closure of its physical space and provide seamless its services daily and through electronic resources to support distance learning and research. ”

“Access to BKP-AUTH and its sources Hellenic Academic Libraries Association is possible on a 24-hour basis for all members of the AUTH academic community. These are more than 35 bibliographic databases, 30,000 electronic journals and 500,000 electronic books. These numbers are multiplied by the addition of open access material available from the Library, open academic textbooks – Action Kallipos, which AUTH teaching staff can use to support distance lectures and material provided by publishers. ” Mrs. Nasta.

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