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How does CORE substitute Microsoft Academic Graph?
By Melanie Heeley
September 17, 2021
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CORE and MAG
The forest chatter has been clamorous since Microsoft’s announcement to retire Microsoft Academic (MAG) at the end of 2021. Like many others, at CORE, we have used MAG for a number of tasks including data quality enhancement and enrichment, to obtain citation data, for our research in semantic typing of citations and to enrich MAG and Microsoft Academic Search by supplying direct links to full text content (in a similar way we do for PubMed). 
At the same time as discussing how to move forward, we’ve received a lot of questions and helpful input from current MAG users and, as many others out there begin throwing their hat into the MAG-replacement ring, we thought it was time to discuss how CORE intends to contribute to the path forward. 
CORE already fulfils a number of the solutions supplied by MAG, but critically CORE is not a direct replacement for MAG. In fact, there is no direct replacement for MAG. As OurResearch clearly says in their announcement – a “perfect” replacement is very hard to come by. However, as a team with expertise in processing large quantities of scientific literature, text mining it, and having developed the harvesting and research papers aggregation tools of CORE, CORE is best placed to contribute to a global effort developing a solution responding to the community needs and requirements.
What does CORE replace? 
Although we don’t have direct replacements for all of MAG’s users, we do have a number of components of the solution and additional complementary data that was never part of MAG and that formed the reasons behind our cooperation with Kunsan Wang’s MAG team. 
What is CORE not suited to now? 
(If you want to talk to us about how to fill any of these gaps, then we will be all ears!)
What are we actively working on?
So what are we saying? If you’re looking to build a MAG replacement, we can help. If you’re scouting round for a MAG replacement tool, CORE might be the right place to come. As always, it just depends on your needs, so come and contact us and we will figure it out together. 
References
Suchetha Nambanoor Kunnath, David Pride, Bikash Gyawali, and Petr Knoth. 2020. Overview of the 2020 WOSP 3C citation context classification task. In Proceedings of the 8th International Workshop on Mining Scientific Publications, pages 75–83, Wuhan, China. Association for Computational Linguistics.
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