The B!SON Journal Recommender, developed with funding from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), is available both for independent use by researchers and as a tool for publication support services by their institutions.

As part of a grant from the Ministry of Science and Culture of Lower Saxony (MWK), the B!SON team supports interested institutions in integrating B!SON into their websites and adapting it to their requirements. 
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About B!SON - Bibliometric and Semantic Open Access Recommender Network

In the project B!SON, realized by TIB and SLUB Dresden, a recommender system for quality-assured open access journals has been implemented (project period: 04/2021-01/2023, funding reference: 16TOA034A). From the large amount of open access journals available, this system creates 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 an article to be published.

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.

The partners cooperate with OpenCitations and DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) and are in close exchange with institutions that advise authors. Several scientific institutions support the project.


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