Repositories for research papers have flourished over the past few years. Universities are opening their own to gather and share the work of their researchers. Others like arXiv are field specific and encourage users to deposit the pre-print versions of papers. More recently, social networking websites for researchers such as ResearchGate and Academia also started to encourage their members to upload their manuscripts.
Zenodo, is a new repository for research results that came online this May. It is the child of the OpenAir initiative, a european portal for open access research. Zenodo offers interesting core features:
- 1 gigabyte of free space
- searchable database
- assigns digital object identifiers (DOI) to make citing the documents easy
- allows easy upload of the documents thanks to its integration with dropbox
All this is great, but what is different about Zenodo? Well, this repository accepts document from all fields of science, either open or close access, without any restrictions. It is also publicly funded, as part of a project funded by the European commission. This makes Zenodo a non-profit with the sole purpose of gathering research results in a single location, not to profite from site traffic. Your files are saved in cloud research data center from CERN’s Large Hadron Collider; I suppose your files will be sitting next the Higgs boson data.
A social component has also been built in. One can comment on the articles, contact other users, create your own collection with the authority to accept or reject all uploads to it. This could serve very useful for research institutions who don’t want to or cannot afford to establish their own repository. In that way Zenodo encourage researchers around the world to deposit and share their scientific results by offering a centralized, easy to use framework for both individuals and institutions.