Portal de la Recerca de Catalunya hosts more than 600,000 scientific publicationsSubject: Multidisciplinary09/07/20
A total of 7,200 publications and some 400 registered researchers; this is the UOC research data available on the Portal de la Recerca de Catalunya (Catalan Research Website, PRC). It is a showcase for scientific output, coordinated by the Catalan University Service Consortium (CSUC), to provide exposure for and publicize Catalan research to the international scientific community, businesses, funding bodies and the public at large.
Following the latest update, the website now includes nearly all the research centres in Catalonia. Twelve new centres have been added, bringing with them 40,533 publications and 4,187 researchers from the Catalan system. This growth represents a further step forward in the PRC project and, consequently, access to and visibility for the content of the website as a whole.
Diego Redolar, the UOC Faculty of Health Sciences' associate dean for research and researcher with the Cognitive NeuroLab research group, explained that he regularly uses the site to find information and establish synergies with other research groups working in the same field of study. For Redolar, the PRC "is a great help in both viewing and disseminating the research undertaken at the UOC. It is really important to provide a vision of a university that focuses not only on teaching, but also on research".
Keeping up to date
The data that appears on the PRC comes via research centre and university management tools; in the case of the UOC, from the Researchers' Website, the GIR. The University periodically updates this data thanks to the joint efforts of Library and Learning Resources and R&I.
First of all, as David Font from the R&I team explained, before sending and publishing the data registered on the UOC Researchers' Website, it is validated and adapted to standard international formats (CERIF) and interoperability protocols. The team also includes codes that unequivocally identify the research, preventing ambiguity, for example ORCID for researchers, DOI for articles and documents and handles for the UOC's institutional repository, O2.
Then the Library completes a painstaking review of the information, explained Neus Milán from the Library for Research. When a new publication (article, book chapter or book) is entered in the GIR, the team confirms that it is signed with UOC affiliation, that all the data is correct, that no information is missing, and that the authors are listed in the order of signature.
Whenever possible, the PRC provides a link to open access publications. The UOC's participation in the PRC is thus in keeping with the University's institutional strategy and Open Knowledge Plan to foster open access and dissemination of scientific publications, with the aim of increasing the impact and visibility of the research undertaken by the University's researchers.
Did you know…?
Only researchers with an ORCID unique author identifier feature on the PRC. The Library explains how to get an ORCID and keep it up to date.
Publication logs contain links to the UOC's institutional repository, O2, when available.
CVs should be kept up to date in the GIR to ensure that all information on the research website is correct.