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About the repository

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All articles funded by SCOAP3 appear in the SCOAP3 repository upon publication, alongside the publishers’ own platforms. Several formats are available, including PDF, PDF/A and XML. Articles are published under a CC-BY license and can be freely downloaded and further disseminated. The repository metadata is also available under a CC0 license. These metadata include article DOIs and the ORCIDs of authors, when available.

The scope of the SCOAP3 repository is neither to duplicate arXiv nor the publisher platforms, nor offer value-added services such as those of INSPIRE. It is rather a staging platform, for further distribution of information. The repository has been launched in early February 2014 and is continuously being upgraded. It is freely accessible here.

The repository is built on top of the CERN Invenio digital library open source platform, and the source code is available on GitHub, together with some example applications written by partners in the SCOAP3 community to build
additional services.

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Harvesting services

SCOAP3 provides two harvesting methods which can be used to export resources:

The SCOAP3 repository supports OAI-PMH feeds following the official OAI-PMH protocol. The SCOAP3 repository handler is publicly available at: http://repo.scoap3.org/oai2d.

Detailed information about the available sets can be found at http://repo.scoap3.org/oai2d?verb=Identify.

The supported metadata formats are:

and further information is available through the handler at http://repo.scoap3.org/oai2d?verb=ListMetadataFormats

The details of the MARCXML export are the following.


  • The encoding is UTF8.
  • Subfield values are text.
  • MathML and LaTeX are supported in the title and abstract.
  • A FFT tag is used to provide the URLs of available PDF and XML full-text files.
  • MARCXML tags description available in the documentation below.

The SCOAP3 API is offered as a pilot service to SCOAP3 partners only. It allows to define searches and automatically download matching articles and the corresponding metadata in XML format.

As a quick start, you can use a regular search interface (e.g. browser access to the repository) to refine your query, and then amend a few URL parameters to turn the query into an XML API one.

Documentation and information needed to connect and use API can be found below (materials section) and also in out training material.

The use of the API requires a token which will be provided upon registration.

Materials available for API:

Repository Ideas

With the link on the left the SCOAP3 community can submit and vote for ideas for future functionalities and services for the SCOAP3 repository. The SCOAP3 Repository Steering and Support Working Group, established by the Governing Council, will take this input into account when working on the prioritisation of future developments.