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big #openscience news was that Elsevier (late) signed DORA *and* will support #opencitations! Of course, the American Chemical Society does not support open citations yet. My petition is two years old, but gained more signatures today 

Here's the Change.org page to ask the ACS to also start supporting open citations: change.org/p/asking-the-americ

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@egonw I didn't know opencitations. Unfortunately, after checking their website I could not fully understand what it does nor how are scientists to use it/collaborate/benefit from it. Could you please explain a little bit about it?

@ccamara What do you not understand? What I4OC does exactly or why open citations are useful? @egonw

@VictorVenema @egonw To be honest, I did not understand anything from opencitations.net/about : neither how it works nor why is it useful (and for whom). 🙄
More pragmatically: what should I do in order to use and how that would benefit my work?

@ccamara I admit looking at the homepage they do not do a good job explaining this. Maybe we should contact them.

The reference list at the end of an article helps find older literature. With open citations you can find newer articles citing this work. Now this information is stuck in proprietary systems.

You can do a lot with that. I would love there be an open science tool that warns when an article cites a retracted article. Would integrate that in the @GrassrootsReview system. @egonw

@ccamara The info also helps bibliographic studies.

I think they do advocacy to try to convince publishers to publish their citations.

And they call on researchers to make lists of citations and upload them. Unfortunately from my perspective only for DOIs: so DOI 1 cites DOI 2. I did this for a few of my articles and only half of the citations have a DOI and it is quite a lot of work. I do not see many personal benefits, just a general benefit for science.
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@ccamara @VictorVenema you can either download the data, or use the SPARQL endpoint opencitations.net/sparql There are several more user-oriented tools that use it. The importance is that the citations are available as open and FAIR data. That is essential to science.

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