Study guide series: Using Scholarcy to manage your references
How does Scholarcy help students and researchers to track and store their academic references?
How Scholarcy contributes to and makes use of open citations
When researchers cite previous work, they recognise the foundations of their own research and provide evidence that may support or refute their methods and results. This creates a narrative path that contextualises their contributions within the larger body of scientific knowledge. But keeping up with this growing volume of literature is increasingly reliant on the use of digital discovery services. As a result, open access to citation metadata in machine-readable format is critical to the dissemination of knowledge. Thanks to the Initiative for Open Citations (I4OC) , the proportion of research papers with openly accessible and freely reusable citation data has grown from 1% to over 40% during the period September 2016 to April 2017 .