18 January 2022
ScienceDirect is collaborating with the American Chemical Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry, Taylor & Francis and Wiley on a six-month pilot project. Over 15 million researchers worldwide use the platform and customer feedback was that research would be easier if more publishers collaborated and shared content,
During the pilot, researchers will be able to search and browse more than 70,000 articles in 35 journals from these participating publishers, alongside Elsevier’s content on ScienceDirect. The journals are all Organic Chemistry and Transportation titles, including most of the top journals in these fields. As Dr Emma Wilson, Publishing Director of the Royal Society of Chemistry, explained: "This pilot brings together each publisher’s unique and high impact content, together with ScienceDirect’s capabilities in research dissemination to its millions of global users. We want to understand what the benefits are to our readers and customers of providing content in this way."
All ScienceDirect users will be able to view abstracts of the new pilot content. If the content is open access, the full text will be available in HTML, and the PDF will be delivered from the original publisher’s website. If the content is a subscription article, entitled users will seamlessly get full text access through the relevant publisher’s website. Users will be able to see already on ScienceDirect whether they are entitled to the full text through the GetFTR button for participating publishers.
GetFTR is a free-to-use solution for platforms like ScienceDirect that has been developed by several organizations, including Wiley. As Todd Toler, Group VP for Product Strategy and Partnerships at Wiley, explained: "Its real-time entitlement checks mean researchers can more easily access content their institution has made available to them when they are both on or off campus, and whether they are searching the publisher’s platform directly or using a variety of search and discovery tools. Anything that makes the research we publish more discoverable is always of great interest to us and we are looking forward to participating in this pilot."
Dr Daniel Kulp, Senior Director of Editorial Development for the American Chemical Society, added: "At ACS, we are always looking for new ways to support our readers and researchers. This innovative pilot project is an opportunity to ensure that we’re providing the best possible service to our reader community, and we look forward to hearing their feedback."