Public Library of Science (PLOS) is a nonprofit advocacy organization and publisher aiming to transform scientific and medical research communication. Every article PLOS publishes is open access and contains metadata describing the articleâ€™s usage and reach. This metadata is called Article-Level Metrics.
The PLOS Article-Level Metrics API provides a RESTful interface for retrieving usage statistics for page views, downloads, citations, Wikipedia article mentions, social network references, and coverage from select blogs.
Scientific journals are providing greater access to published research by releasing new APIs. Cambridge Journals Online API and Public Library of Science Article Level Metrics API have both been released in the past several weeks. Meanwhile, the European Commission has just completed a public consultation on open access to research data ahead of a new wave of policy reform and their next big research funding round.
As another week comes to a close, we take a look back at some of the APIs that caught our attention. This week there were 43 APIs added to our directory this week and our team picked the ones that stood out. Read below for more information on each.
198 riders from 22 teams set off on June 29th, 2013 to race in the 100th anniversary of LeTour de France -- an annual multiple stage bicycle race primarily held in France. Today, professional cycling is arguably the most technology addicted of all sports, with cyclists frequently using technology to achieve improved performance. Similar to other sectors, API Management is now at the heart of the latest technology advances in this field.