Kopernio was built by researchers for researchers. Our mission is to help scientists, engineers and academics save time and frustration when accessing scholarly literature. We believe that getting convenient access to PDFs should not depend on how much money you can pay, and so we have committed to keeping a free version of Kopernio available to all individual researchers.
However, we also want to make sure that we have a sustainable business model in place so we can maintain and further improve Kopernio. We already offer premium accounts for individuals which provide more Locker storage space, integration with Dropbox and various other features. We do not currently charge individual researchers for a premium upgrade, but may want to do so in the future potentially as part of a paid service for institutions. For now, you can upgrade to a premium account in return for referring a friend or colleague to Kopernio - you can take advantage of this limited offer by sharing your personalised invite link visible on the Settings page of your Kopernio account.
As part of the Web of Science Group (the home of Web of Science, EndNote and Publons) we work with libraries to help librarians better understand the needs of their patrons and make sure that library technology and investments are making the maximum impact on improving their patrons’ workflows.
To be clear, Kopernio does not share any personally identifying information with third parties. We have the greatest respect for your personal privacy and have set out our commitment to user privacy in our Data Principles in plain English.
In line with our Data Principles, we only make available anonymised, aggregated summaries of Kopernio analytics. For example, we provide usage summaries to institutional libraries in order to help them understand the demand for (and gaps in) resources, as well as how those resources are being used in the context of researcher discovery workflows. When we do this, we take care to ensure that it’s not possible to track usage back to any specific individuals.
Our business model is to continue to refine this data, and to supplement it with other data sources from across the Web of Science Group in a way that provides genuine value to institutions. We plan to charge a fee for the use of more advanced analytics tools and services and this will allow us to continue to offer Kopernio for free to researchers everywhere, improving the way how researchers can access scholarly literature.
If you have any questions about this, please drop us a line via firstname.lastname@example.org