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:
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 C Prosser = PhD
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.= uk
Tel: = +44 (0) 1865 284 451