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[BOAI] PubMed and self-archiving
From: "David Prosser" <david.prosser AT bodley.ox.ac.uk>
As you know, Medline is by far and away the most important abstracting and indexing service in the life sciences and most researchers access Medline through PubMed. If you find a paper through PubMed and that paper is available electronically you get a link through to the publisher's site with the full-text (that you can follow only if you have access rights). For example, see: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&li st_uids=11857108&dopt=Abstract> &db=PubMed&list_uids=11857108&dopt=Abstract It struck me that it would encourage life sciences authors to self-archive if there was also a link from the PubMed record to the self-archived version of the paper. It should be possible to use the 'link out' feature to add the authors' version to the record (see http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/linkout/). It might even be possible to provide an icon on the main record page next to the link to the publisher's version. I wondered if any repositories are already offering this service to authors - i.e., if an author deposits their version in the local repository the repository will make the PubMed link? This could be a powerful tool for encouraging the life scientist as they know that their version will be accessed by anybody who does not have access to the publisher's version. (Apologies for cross-posting.) David David C Prosser PhD Director SPARC Europe E-mail: david.prosser AT bodley.ox.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0) 1865 284 451 Mobile: +44 (0) 7974 673 888 http://www.sparceurope.org <http://www.sparceurope.org/>
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