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Road, the Directory of Open Access scholary Resources

Purposes of the ROAD project

Road, the Directory of Open Access scholary Resources
Road, the Directory of Open Access scholary Resources

18/12/2013 - Internet

ROAD, the Directory of Open Access scholarly Resources, is a service offered by the ISSN International Centre with the support of the Communication and Information Sector of UNESCO.  Launched as a beta version on 16th December 2013,  ROAD will be developped during 2014 (extension of the coverage, additional features...).

ROAD provides a free access to a subset of the ISSN Register (1,7 millions of bibliographic records, available on subscription, see This subset comprises  bibliographic records which describe scholarly resources in Open Access which have been assigned an ISSN by the ISSN Network : journals, monographic series, conference proceedings and academic repositories. ROAD records are also downloadable as a MARC XML dump and will be available as RDF triples in 2014.

The bibliographic records have been enriched by metadata about the coverage of the resources by indexing, abstracting, citation databases, registries and journals indicators.

ROAD serves four major purposes:

  • to provide a single access point to different types of online scholarly resources published worldwide and freely available.
  • to provide information about the use of the Open Access resources identified by an ISSN in the scholarly community.
  • as such, and once the coverage of ROAD is developed, to give an overview of the Open Access scholarly production worldwide (for statistics purposes for instance)
  • to demonstrate new ways of using the ISSN for compiling information from various sources.