Workflow Tools for the Academic Publishing Ecosystem

As digital content accelerates, the pace of literature consumption, discovery tools and work flow technologies play a growing role in the publishing industry and scientific reading. The spectrum of players include authors, publishers, librarians, and the reader. The work flow of reading is changing constantly. In the old days, scientists had to walk two miles in the snow to the medical library to photocopy an article. Then, after reading, they stored the paper copy in large filing cabinets.

Today, literature consumers search PubMed or Ovid and then downloads a PDF of any article that interests them. Or they can read it on the screen. They no longer have to walk through that snow to the library but the library staff works long hours setting up the OpenURL systems that make this work flow happen with a click-and-download system.

The literature consumer can download articles one at a time, can attach them to their EndNote library, or can store them on their hard drive. Now this work flow is changing. There are new technologies in Beta test. And we are bringing you three in this library newsblog. In two of them you can download multiple selected articles with one click and in another you can rent articles for 24 hours for 99 cents.

These new technologies only work with the latest browser versions and require plugins or add-ons.

Finding Full Text using EndNote 13

Using EndNote 13, you can set up the utility called Find Full Text in the EndNote preferences as explained in the above linked blog post. You highlight from 1 to a 1000 references, hit Find Full Text, and after several passes, the PDFs all come in and are linked to your EndNote record. If the journal is not owned by NJH Tucker Library, Endnote downloads a PubMed URL where affilitated users can see if UCDenver owns it.


Using PubGet, you can search directly on the PubGet page. If NJH Tucker Library owns the title, you can read the PDF copy of multiple articles, right there on the webpage WITHOUT downloading it. It’s like a preview. Then you can download it if you want. You can sign in and save some keepers. From your keeper list of 15, you click on download PDFs and you can download with one click all those we own or that are open access. There is an interface with PubMed called PaperPlane to download multiple articles from search results.


Using DeepDyve, you can rent an article and read its full-text for up to 24 hours for as little as $0.99! These articles can only be viewed at DeepDyve and cannot be downloaded, printed or shared. You can preview the first page before you rent. There a link to download from the publisher which you can try before you rent if you think it’s owned by NJH Tucker Library or open access.

Both PubGet and DeepDyve use search engine type searching returning thousands of results. Both are in Beta and don’t always work. PubGet is quirky on the Mac and will not work with Windows IE v.6.

See other blog posts for details on these three work flow technologies.


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