B!SON – Bibliometric and Semantic Open Access Recommender Network

B!SON helps you to find a suitable Open Access journal for your publication by leveraging semantic and bibliometric methods. Simply enter the details of your manuscript below or fetch the details of a paper via its DOI.

B!SON is an acronym for ‘Bibliometric and Semantic Open Access Recommender Network’. B!SON is being developed within a 2-year project of the same name, conducted jointly by TIB and SLUB Dresden. The aim of the project is to implement a recommender system for quality-assured open access journals. From the large amount of open access journals available, this system will create a list of suitable journals sorted according to thematic relevance. For this purpose, in addition to common bibliometric methods of determining similarity, machine learning methods are used, which can determine relevant publication venues based on the semantic similarity of the title or abstract of the article to be published. The partners cooperate with OpenCitations and DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) and strive for a close exchange with institutions that advise authors. While open access publishing requirements are steadily increasing and there is a growing number of open access journals, authors often lack knowledge of relevant, quality-assured open access journals that would be suitable for publishing their own research. A freely accessible tool that can be linked to local support structures will help to make the transition to open access successful.



VOSviewer is a software tool for constructing and visualizing bibliometric networks. These networks may for instance include journals, researchers, or individual publications, and they can be constructed based on citation, bibliographic coupling, co-citation, or co-authorship relations. VOSviewer also offers text mining functionality that can be used to construct and visualize co-occurrence networks of important terms extracted from a body of scientific literature.


LA Referencia


The Federated Network of Institutional Repositories of Scientific Publications, or simply LA Referencia, is a Latin American network of open access repositories. Through its services, it supports national Open Access strategies in Latin America through a platform with interoperability standards, sharing and giving visibility to the scientific production generated in institutions of higher education and scientific research.

From the national nodes, scientific articles, doctoral and master’s theses are integrated, coming from more than a hundred universities and research institutions from the ten countries that now form LA Referencia. Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Spain, Panama, Peru and Uruguay.


KOALA project

In the KOALA project, consortial solutions for financing open access are being established. Collaborative funding of open access journals and book series by academic libraries is an alternative to the dominant APC model (article processing charges), where articles are paid for individually by authors or their institutions. During the project period, the TIB will work with the Communication, Information, Media Centre (KIM) of the University of Konstanz to establish at least one corresponding consortium as a funding partner for open access periodicals. Within this framework, further analyses will be carried out and conversions of periodicals to open access will be accompanied. In addition, a central helpdesk for editors who need help with the transition to open access or with finding sustainable funding will be created. The infrastructure created by KOALA enables fair and sustainable financing of quality-assured open access publications. It contributes to removing financial hurdles for authors and thus facilitates participation in open access publications.


Affordable Course Content

Affordable course content describes any free, low-cost, or openly licensed educational resources that can serve as alternatives to high-cost resources. Affordable course content can include textbooks, digital courseware, course modules, videos, journal articles, and any other materials used to support learning.

Most affordable course content still retains traditional copyright licensing, including restrictions on how a resource can be used or shared.  The exception is OER, which are free of cost and most copyright restrictions, allowing them to be freely used, revised, saved, and distributed.


ezPAARSE is a free and open-source software that can ingest your (proxy) log files and show how users access subscribed electronic resources on publishers’websites.

ezPAARSE is a free and open-source software that can ingest your (proxy) log files and show how users access subscribed electronic resources on publishers’websites.

In France, 63 institutions use ezPAARSE to process 1,934 days of logs and so to generate 635,500,369 UEs distributed on 212 publisher’s platforms and 3,809,676 journals and ebooks distinct titles.



PubFactory is built from the ground up to support books, reference works and journals in a variety of XML formats, with full support for PDF, images and other rich media.



PubPub is a platform that enables the exploration of three core experiments: 1) author-driven publishing, 2) distributed and dynamic peer review, and 3) grassroots journals that serve as tools for curation. Through these three experiments, we seek to uncover new paths and opportunities for collaborative publishing.