Semantic Scholar partners with OpenAthens

SEATTLE. 27 April, 2020 —The Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence and OpenAthens today announce a joint partnership to add a new institutional login option on Semantic Scholar, creating a seamless access experience for millions of researchers worldwide.

Semantic Scholar’s free and non-profit academic search platform helps researchers make new discoveries and save time by using artificial intelligence (AI) to identify relevant academic information. Publication of scientific research has grown exponentially over the past 20 years. As a result, researchers today have difficulty keeping up. Semantic Scholar's investments in information extraction and natural language processing (NLP) helps users quickly identify relevant research and make important connections. This is accomplished with AI-backed features such as citation classifications and linking a variety of related content including videos and code libraries to papers.

OpenAthens single sign-on technology now allows Semantic Scholar’s millions of users to login using their academic or institutional credentials. Researchers with Semantic Scholar accounts can take advantage of paper and author alerts and a personalized library for saving papers. Academic authors can highlight their work by claiming their author profile and adding papers and affiliations. They can also add links to ORCID and academic homepages.

Institutional users can also get direct access to subscribed full text research when their library uses a publisher link resolver. This partnership improves full text access for Semantic Scholar users and opens the door for further enhancements.

Sebastian Kohlmeier, Semantic Scholar’s Sr. Manager of Business Operations, said “We are excited to partner with OpenAthens to add an additional login option to Semantic Scholar that leverages institutional credentials. Not only does this provide a more privacy-centric login option, but it also gives users the ability to more seamlessly access full text content.”

“As a fellow non-profit, it made sense for us to partner with Semantic Scholar to add  institutional login and simplify full text access within Semantic Scholar’s discovery platform” said Jon Bentley, commercial director at OpenAthens. “We are excited to continue to build on this partnership in the future.”

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About AI2

AI2 conducts high-impact research and engineering in the field of artificial intelligence, all for the common good. Founded in 2014, AI2 is the creation of philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and is led by Dr. Oren Etzioni, a leading researcher in the field. AI2 employs a diverse team of over 100 top-notch researchers and engineers from around the world, taking a results-oriented approach to complex challenges across several important domains of AI. Visit to learn more, and stay up to date with new research and news from AI2 by subscribing to the AI2 Newsletter. Follow AI2 on Twitter @allen_ai

About Semantic Scholar

Semantic Scholar ( is a free, A.I.-powered research tool for scientific literature. We have grown from a groundbreaking research project at the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence to a tool millions of scholars use every week.  

Our mission is to empower Scholars to overcome information overload by giving them easy access to the most relevant information from the world's scientific literature. Since our launch in November 2015, we have indexed more than 180 million research papers from thousands of academic journals and conferences, and built a user base of millions of scholars in over 100 countries. 

In addition to showing supporting content for papers such as figures, tables, citations and references, Semantic Scholar also surfaces millions of instances of related content such as video lectures, clinical trial outcomes, presentation slides, code libraries and blogs and news. To support further discovery of relevant research, Semantic Scholar uses AI to identify related papers, build author pages and classify citations and has built supplemental research tools like Supp.AI.

For more information visit our website or contact us at

About OpenAthens

We make it easy for people to access knowledge through single single-on. Our mission is to enable people to achieve great things by connecting them to knowledge and information, whenever and wherever they need it.

We strive to be the world’s most user-friendly single sign-on experience and help more than 2,600 organisations world-wide to provide simple and secure access to online resources for their end users.

OpenAthens is a Jisc enterprise. For more information visit our website or