For the week of 27 March 2017
Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,
First and foremost, a very big "thank you" to all of you who responded to the survey we sent around a few weeks ago soliciting feedback on this service. We really appreciate it! If you're interested in the full results of the survey, particularly around how subscribers handle access to pay-walled content, Nick has written a blog about this: Publish your work behind a paywall? Put up a preprint, or it won’t get read.
You'll notice a few changes based on that survey starting with this week's Literature Update.
- Our tags/categories are now more tightly defined. We removed about a dozen tags, grouping them together with closely-related topics. We also provided unique tags for a few new categories that didn't fit well within the old system. We'll continue to add/remove tags over time, and we very much appreciate feedback on them. Overall, you should notice less repetition of content amongst tags.
- To aid in the process of finding freely-available versions of pay-walled content, we’re now providing a link to the preprint or postprint of articles we find, where such a copy exists. We'll mark content with preprints/postprints with the "preprint" prefix in these updates.
- Based on your requests, any submissions of pay-walled content to the Literature Library from authors (i.e. content we don't find on our own) must be accompanied by a valid link to a preprint or postprint. If you want our help in advertising your work, people need to be able to read it without paying a fee. If you don't know how to go about this process, Nick gives a primer in his blog. He's happy to help, too.
- We've added a special listing of Freely-available Literature that allows you to browse only the content in the Literature Library that doesn't require a fee to read. Pay-walled content with preprint or postprint links will appear in this listing, in addition to open access content.
- While many of you were very happy to see the costs next to pay-walled literature in these updates, a few respondents pointed out all the dollar-signs may be inadvertently causing these updates to be marked as spam or junk-mail. As such, we're now highlighting just the total cost at the top of the updates, and marking pay-walled content with the "subscription" prefix in these updates. Hopefully this will help.
Those are all the major changes for now. If you have any questions about these changes or the survey, please email Nick at nwehner [at] openchannels.org. We'll be back to the normal system of highlighting research in this area next week. (Also, many thanks to Victoria Martin for being our postprint guinea-pig!)
As always, if we've missed anything, please feel free to let us know. You may simply reply to this message, or you may email Allie directly at abrown [at] openchannels.org.
Estimated cost to rent or purchase all pay-walled articles included in this issue from their respective publishers: US $814.30.
-Nick Wehner & Allie Brown