New Website Brings Innovative Dimension to Open Access Research Articles
JournalClick (http://www.journalclick.com) has announced plans to improve the way that open access information is explored. In addition to the traditional “click and go” search function, JournalClick have incorporated an innovative new algorithm that notes the current document topic and offers a listing of what other users have viewed, in much the same way as the Amazon ‘Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought’ feature. This approach allows people to quickly find a much wider range of research materials relevant to their studies, saving them a lot of search time.
While open access material is a goldmine of information, the sheer volume of content makes finding relevant publications a difficult, time consuming and often frustrating task. Even the most skilled of researchers can find themselves sifting through information for hours on end. That is where JournalClick comes in.
The function is the first of its kind and adds enormous value to the world of open access material. Not only does it make the search process faster and more efficient but it also immensely broadens the scope of search results and has the potential to direct users toward information that they may not otherwise have found. This could have an extremely positive impact on the quality and diversity of future scholarly research.
JournalClick was founded in 2014 by Dan Almour, a publishing expert with over five years of experience in the industry. The company aspires to bring a communal aspect to open access research, incorporating an innovative “Top Suggestions” algorithm that tailors content according to what is currently being viewed.
Students launch open access button to map the impact of paywalls
The Open Access Button was launched at the Berlin 11 Student and Early Stage Researcher Satellite Conference in late 2013. The Open Access Button, created by two students, is a new browser plugin that allows users to report when they hit a paywall and cannot access a research article. After a user reports not being able to access research, the Open Access Button records the user’s location, their profession, and why they were looking for the research. The software then integrates this information onto a map to create a real time, worldwide, interactive picture of the access problem. Three days after the launch, the Open Access Button had approximately 1,900 users and has mapped 873 paywalls. The Open Access Button is licensed under CC-BY and a MIT open source license. Additionally, the data will be open for researchers. Said one of the students: “I realized there was a problem when, time after time, I ran into barriers accessing articles relevant to my research. My university is able to afford subscriptions to many journals, and yet I still can’t access everything I need. It made me wonder how many others have had the same experience, and how it is impacting people across the globe.”
Learn more about the button with the Open Access Button Info Sheet.