PRESS RELEASE
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Luxembourg 16 September 2013
MyScienceWork - international ambitions of a unique socia...
the United States and have attracted the attention of important investors to platforms which
still are restricted to featu...
researchers were not only forced to pay for the publication of their findings, but institutions
and universities were also...
Dedicated to the scouting of researchers, MyScienceWork’s objective is to spread the
scientific culture and to accelerate ...
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MyScienceWork the start-up featuring a unique Open Access social network
for researchers with offices in Luxembourg and Paris, is confident to create
the world biggest scientific database thus providing enhanced accessibility
to scientists worldwide. (...) - MyScienceWork, Press Release, September 16, 2013

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  1. 1. PRESS RELEASE For immediate release Luxembourg 16 September 2013 MyScienceWork - international ambitions of a unique social scientific network - Fundamental changes for scientific publishing on their way with Open Access MyScienceWork the start-up featuring a unique Open Access social network for researchers with offices in Luxembourg and Paris, is confident to create the world biggest scientific database thus providing enhanced accessibility to scientists worldwide. Through its centralized multidisciplinary communication platform, MyScienceWork provides open access to scientific data: new publications of researches, expert profiles, job offers and scientific conferences and events. By the end of the year, the company is targeting to reach 100.000 subscribers to its social network. Within the last three months 15.000 scientists signed up to the MyScienceWork platform which provides access to 23 million documents published in 39 languages. The social network is based on the Open Access concept, providing researchers and the general public free access to scientific knowledge. Mrs Virginie Simon, CEO and co-founder of MyScienceWork, who holds a PhD in nanotechnologies against cancer, enthuses: « scientific social networks have been proven in
  2. 2. the United States and have attracted the attention of important investors to platforms which still are restricted to featuring scientific data for selected disciplines only. MyScienceWork aims to become the biggest database for scientific publications worldwide by providing multidisciplinary content in different languages targeting researchers as well as the general public”. Tristan Davaille, CSO and co-founder, adds: “The Luxembourg Government, as well as a Luxembourgish investment fund with international activities, already invested 1.5 million USD in MyScienceWork for our launch in Europe. We feel confident that our business model will meet the international approval and interest of researchers but mostly potential investors paving the way for our international development. In autumn we will further expand to Europe and the US ». Ongoing technical development and public access to knowledge MyScienceWork is dedicated to continuously develop its technologies in order to provide enhanced services to professionals searching for accurate scientific findings. The MSW search engine includes web semantics allowing searches by keywords and providing scientific language comprehension. As a result of the continuous development of its online platform, MyScienceWork was able to open up scientific knowledge to the general public. In its “News” vulgarization section, expert journalists publish articles on scientific news, researchers’ profiles, and documents dedicated to open access and science 2.0. Fundamental changes to scientific editing on their way MyScienceWork’s success is a consequence of the growing need for liberalisation of the scientific information access and mainly of the free access of researchers to the publications of their peers. According to academic experts, the volume of scientific articles read or quotes used is multiplied by 30 when published on an Open Access platform. Ten years ago
  3. 3. researchers were not only forced to pay for the publication of their findings, but institutions and universities were also compelled to invest high sums in scientific expert magazines and papers. Today and with the development of scientific social networks based on Open Access, trends to a liberalisation of scientific knowledge are fundamentally changing the editing market. In 2012 four winners of the 2012 Nobel Prize (John Gurdon, Shinya Yamanaka, Brian Kobilka and Serge Haroche) chose to publish their research only in Open Access thus providing Open Access its well-deserved excellence. An increasing number of universities and institutions in Europe and the world amongst which MIT and Harvard University, are supporting platforms and networks based on Open Access, forcing researchers to openly file articles, publications and bibliographic references, allowing them to increase their impact, visibility and the accessibility to their work. In February 2013, the White House announced its adaptation of a policy that would see nearly all of the science papers produced through federal funding made accessible to the public within a year of their publication. Today, the European Commission as well as European governments are looking into providing legal frameworks and recommendations for copyrights and free access to scientific publications. From 21 st to 27 th October, MyScienceWork will actively participate in the world « Open Access Week », offering conferences in cooperation with renowned European universities. About MyScienceWork MyScienceWork (www.mysciencework.com) is a professional social network dedicated to open access created in 2010 by a team of two young academics teaming up their complementary knowledge and experience. PhD Virginie Simon, who specialized in nanotechnologies against cancer, and Tristan Davaille, expert in finance and economy.
  4. 4. Dedicated to the scouting of researchers, MyScienceWork’s objective is to spread the scientific culture and to accelerate the research development. MSW today employs 15 experts working in its offices in Paris and Luxembourg. MyScienceWork is established in Luxembourg and received funds by the Luxembourg Government as well as a Luxembourg- based investment fund. Social network: www.mysciencework.com; scientific media: www.mysciencework.com/en/mysciencenews. For further information, please contact: Virginie Simon CEO and co-founder, MyScienceWork M : +352 621 294 756 virginie.simon@mysciencwork.com

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