MyScienceWork is a company that promotes online platforms for research institutions, integrated under a single, global portal. Called “Polaris”, open access to scientific publications, an innovative search engine, and science popularization. [1] The Polaris platforms are connected to an international community of researchers and science enthusiasts via the portal.


MyScienceWork was created in August 2010 [2] by Virginie Simon, [3] a researcher in cancer nanotechnology, and Tristan Davaille, a financial engineer. [4] The global platform, online since January 2013, provides free and instantaneous access to more than 2,500 scientific databases cataloging over 31 million research publications available online: [5] over 20 million in open access with PDF download and 10 million priced for individual purchase from scientific publishers. In October 2014, MyScienceWork opened its American offices in San Francisco. [6] The first Polaris platform for research institutions produced by MyScienceWork was released in December 2014. [1]

Polaris Platforms for Research Promotion


The Polaris platforms are a tool addressing the needs of communication, networking, collaboration and steering of research priorities. Researchers are also highly active in their own visibility and impact metrics, as more universities in the promotion and evaluation of researchers. [7] The multichannel communication platforms offert by MyScienceWork Functionalities include Interconnected thesis Responding to specific needs. [7]



Polaris is intended for institutions to archive their publications, research data, theses, videos, posters, etc., and may be linked to existing archives, such as ArXiv, PubMed and HAL.


The metrics tools allow institutions to track the performance of their research teams and their overall production, and observe trends in both. The platform’s dashboard provides an overview of publications’ impact, and the metrics can be filtered to report the number of consultations per publication by reader, country and discipline.

Professional Profiles

Researchers create profiles, similar to LinkedIn’s, their Polaris and can build their network by adding contacts from their own institution or from the greater MyScienceWork international community. Keywords provided in the profile are used by the platform ‘s tools to offer suggestions of publications and contacts personalized for each user. Other tools designed to facilitate professional collaboration and interaction allow for the sharing of documents and annotating publications.


The homepage of every Polaris platform is dedicated to popular science communication, and is available from the social networks, including that of the broader MyScienceWork community. [8] In parallel to the platform, institutions have a public institutional profile showing a new form of science communication that the company calls “Triplets”. The Triplets present a popularized article on the scientific publication and the profile of the researcher-author.

MyScienceWork and open access

MyScienceWork supports the circulation of open access scientific texts. Its search engine centralizes the main open access databases online, [9] like PubMed , CiteSeer , DOAJ , Research Papers in Economics , ArXiv , HAL , Abes, BioMed Central , CERN , Persee ,, TEL , ORBI , and Public Library of Science .

In 2012 and 2013, MyScienceWork was the national coordinator of International Open Access Week in France. [10] [11]

OmniScience popular science site

Since 2010, MyScienceWork has been featured on the subject of multidisciplinary professional research. [5] In January 2016, the company launched OmniScience, the new format of its science news site. It features scientific news articles, video abstracts, researcher portraits and opinion pieces, divided into three sections: “Revolution”, exploring emerging practices in science and their impact; “Exploration”, highlighting the diverse professional experiences of researchers; and “Knowledge”, reporting on the latest scientific discoveries. On OmniScience, readers also find collections of open access access , women in science , earning a doctorate and science 2.0. MyScienceWork also produced a weekly video web series called Knock Knock Doc , highlighting PhD students and their research.

Other scientific platforms

  • ResearchGate
  • Sciencescape
  • DSpace
  • HAL
  • Latest Thinking


  1. ^ Jump up to:b “MyScienceWork annonce launch of Enhanced Repositories for Research, Luxembourg Beginning with lab LBMCC” . MERKURCorporateNews . December 10, 2014.
  2. Jump up^ “MyScienceWork” . CrunchBase . May 15, 2015.
  3. Jump up^ “Path of an Entrepreneurial Woman: Paris, Luxembourg and Silicon Valley (article in French)” . Huffington Post . July 8, 2014.
  4. Jump up^ “Tristan Davaille on CrunchBase” . CrunchBase . May 15, 2015.
  5. ^ Jump up to:b Bridges, Trista (10 April 2014). “MyScienceWork raises $ 1.1 million to fuel its international growth and roll-out new services” . Rude Baguette .
  6. Jump up^ “Xavier Bettel supports Luxembourg start-ups in Silicon Valley” . February 24, 2015.
  7. ^ Jump up to:b Fulco, Hugo (12 December 2014). “MyScienceWork Launches New Research Repository Service in Luxembourg” . .
  8. Jump up^ “Launch of Enhanced Repositories for Research” . Luxembourg Portal for Innovation and Research . December 11, 2014.
  9. Jump up^ Jung, Marie (April 30, 2010). “MyScienceWork: a social network for researchers (article in French)” . 01Business .
  10. Jump up^ Langlais, Pierre-Carl (29 October 2012). “Open Access week: Improve science and make it more available (article in French)” . Rue89 .
  11. Jump up^ “The Open Access Week website” .