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We started 1science because we believe there should be an easier way to find open access, peer-reviewed scholarly literature—for librarians helping their patrons, for researchers who rely on scientific knowledge and sharing, and for students who need to quickly find articles for their papers and whose deadline is sometimes, well, the next day (we know, because we've all been there).
Our company originally was founded on building oaFindr but in a short period of time, we quickly realized we further needed to support academic libraries in their strategic goal to decrease cost annually, increase their institution's reputation, manage their journal subscriptions and provide their patrons more access to research created internally and externally.
To help libraries accomplish these goals, 1science developed oaFindr+ and oaFigr. By analyzing an institution's active subscriptions, determining their output activity and comparing what is available in open access, institutions are able to make informed decisions when considering existing subscriptions.
1science offers an integrated solution that facilitates open access and the flow of knowledge.
1science is the brainchild of Eric Archambault, an expert in research evaluation. In 2002, Eric also founded Science-Metrix, a research organization specializing in bibliometrics.
While performing a bibliometric contract for the European Commission, Eric realized that previous estimates largely underestimated the availability of openly accessible peer-reviewed scientific papers. Whereas previous measurements by the scientific community claimed that only a quarter of these papers were available in open-access form, the technology developed by Eric and his team revealed the actual availability was twice that amount. Eric felt that having more than 50% of these papers available for free was a tipping point in the scientific, technical and medical (STM) publishing industry.
This is how the idea emerged to develop a system that would give instant access to all this free, high-quality material so essential in scholarly and technological research the world over.