Here is the new library guide from University Library of the Karolinska Insitutet about the alternative ways you can access scientific publications after the nation-wide cancellation of the Elsevier licenses. It is presented in a nice graphic workflow.
- Being a medical university they decided to list PubMed Central as the number one go-to resource.
- Second listing are Unpaywall and Open Access Button. Am curious why they are not mentioning Kopernio, which is currently the best for libraries with off-campus access because it uses also the Unpaywall data, 2-in-1 so to say! And their library guide is all ready for use: https://kopernio.com/library-guides/19123/Karolinska-Institute
- Third option is searching for it in Google, Google Scholar and 1Findr.
The library catalogue reSEARCH is not mentioned, although they do have a search options in there to find open access publications.
In my opinion libraries should do TWO things for discovery of open access publications: a) make the available API’s of as many sources as possible connect to their discovery-tools (Unpaywall, 1Findr, Dimensions, CORE, BASE etc). b) advice the use of the browser extentions Kopernio, Google Scholar ánd Unpaywall, as well as the search options of these resources itself.
- No. 4 is to remind users that although the Elsevier journals are no longer accesible (apart from articles published from January 1995 to June 2018, due to the post-termination clause)
- Users are encouraged to use their (and others) networks. Social media, the author, but we also know that many researchers use their colleagues (worldwide) to “responsibly” share (their own) scientific publications.
- Of course you can ALWAYS contact your library to order a copy. While researchers might not take the effort to check every and each browser extention, or the wide range of search databases for open access publications, library staff working with ILL orders SHOULD be trained to effectively use as many as possible, but at least the following: Google scholar, Kopernio, Unpaywall, Open Access Button, 1Findr, Dimensions
I particularly like the firm statement about Sci-Hub to avoid copyright infringement at all times. More libraries should do the same. When making these lists of alternative routes to access of scientific publications, one should always name this topic of -what we KNOW- is a hugely used source for many of our users.
NOT talking about it, is very hypocritical, in my opinion. Libraries should make this statement and demotivate the use of Sci-Hub, the same way as we actively MOTIVATE the publication of scientific publications in open access!
At the end of the list is a nice reference thanking the Linköping University Library for the inspiring “Survival Guide” which I will discuss in the next post!