Digital libraries that store scientific publications are becoming increasingly important in research. They are used not only for traditional tasks such as finding and storing research outputs, but also as sources for discovering new research trends and evaluating research excellence. The rapid growth in the number of scientific publications being deposited in digital libraries is making it no longer sufficient to provide access to content only. It is equally important to improve the processes by which research is being accomplished. Recent developments in natural language processing, information retrieval and the semantic web make it possible to transform the way we work with scientific publications. However, in order to improve these technologies and carry out experiments, researchers need to be able to easily access and use large databases of scientific publications.
The papers in this issue of D-Lib Magazine were presented at the 1st International Workshop on Mining Scientific Publications, held during JCDL 2012. The workshop's aim was to bring together people from different backgrounds who are interested in analysing and mining databases of scientific publications, who develop systems that enable the analysis and mining of scientific databases, and who develop novel technologies that improve the way research is being done.
The papers in this special issue deal with the following three themes:
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