CrossMark: Tool for Identifying Changes in Journal Articles

CrossMark Link to Information You may notice this CrossMark symbol on the PDF of a recent journal article you have downloaded. The icon is linked to information about this journal article, and keeps you updated with any changes even though you have downloaded the PDF to your own computer, as long as you are connected to the internet. You may also see it on the HTML of an article. The CrossMark icon link will most likely tell you that the version of the journal article you are viewing is current, but it will also warn you if there have been updates to the article, then link to those updates.

CrossMarkUpdatesUpdates could include corrections, changes in a data set,  or retractions.

The DOI (digital object identifier) registration service CrossRef has developed the CrossMark service for use by publishers who use CrossRef DOIs. See CrossMark examples implemented by a variety of publishers.  .


Discovering Open Access Articles

Several tools for discovering journal articles, such as Web of Science, IEEE Xplore, PubMed, and ScienceDirect, now have ways for you to limit a search to open access articles or to identify the open access articles within the result set of your search. Open access articles are free to read regardless of the reader’s access to the published articles via institutional subscriptions.
Due to the importance of being able to identify open access articles and to know what kinds of uses of these are permitted, NISO is sponsoring a working group of stakeholders to develop “Recommended Practices for Open Access Metadata and Indicators“. The adoption of standard metadata will enable transfer of that data among information providers and publishers, and potentially further enhance discovery of this information, including for example in web scale discovery services like Summon.
Meanwhile, you can use the following tools to locate open access articles; look for similar options in other search tools:
In the new Web of Science platform, run your search, display results, and find the open access option at the end of the “Refine Results” list of options. This will show you the number of articles in your result that are OA; then apply “refine” to limit your set to these.  OARefineWoSShot
IEEE XPlore offers the option at the search page:
PubMed offers a filter for “free full text”.
ScienceDirect provides browsing of journals by “open access” for completely open journals or “contains open access” for those where some article are open access, as well as a refinement on your search to open access articles.

Summon 2.0 – Preview It Now!

Summon 2.0 is not just a new look for a user interface to search for vast amounts of scholarly content. It provides new functions and content now, with more to come as it develops over the next few months. It’s available to preview now so have a look!   Summon Preview

Highlights of the new look and features that you’ll see in Preview:

  • 3 columns so additional information does not cover the existing information
  • Research guides, subject specialist librarians and topic overviews display in the third column to provide additional sources of information on the topic
  • Overviews of topics, currently from three sources with more to come: Credo Reference, Encyclopedia Britannica and Wikipedia
  • Facets are selected by links instead of check boxes
  • Results are grouped in “roll-ups” by content type such as images and newspaper articles
  • Results are grouped into broad disciplines
  • Additional suggested search terms are provided through use of controlled vocabularies from a variety of sources, including some index and abstract services

The Summon Preview for Dartmouth URL is:



BrowZine-Journal Reading Shelf for iPad

BrowZine brings the experience of  browsing current journal shelves- enjoying the cover art, scanning the table of contents, and reading the full text- to your iPad.  This new app from Third Iron allows you to build your own journal browsing shelf from your choice of open access and subscription based journals from a large range of scholarly and scientific publishers. You can set up current awareness notification, and save and download articles to Zotero, Mendeley, Dropbox and other services.

There is a free version of the App that you can use for open access materials, and for a fee, an institution can set up your BrowZine experience to include the journals to which your institution subscribes. Stay tuned for a Dartmouth trial of BrowZine!



Authorea Is Live!

A few weeks ago, I wrote about a new authoring tool for scientists called Authorea.   At that time, Authorea was still in an early stage of development and not available to the public … but no longer!   It’s now available for anyone to create an account to test out (note that while some features of Authorea are of particular interest to scientists, many would be extremely useful to scholarly authors in other disciplines — e.g., robust support for collaborative authoring; support for images, data and code).  In keeping with its ‘open science’ vision, an account holder can have an unlimited number of ‘public’ articles while ‘private’ articles are limited (at least on the free version).

Read the announcement below about Authorea’s key features:

Web-native articles: write your articles on the the web, ready for the web! No need to compile LaTeX into a PDF file anymore. Render your LaTeX or Markdown articles right into your browser, in HTML5.

Concurrent collaboration, the easy way: got many collaborators? Not a problem. Manage your collaboration in a safe and tidy way. Lock article elements while you are working on them. And keep track of who is working on other parts of your article.

Robust version control: every Authorea article sits on a Git repository and has a newsfeed where you can keep track of all the changes made by you and your collaborators. If you made a mistake a while back, you can undo that specific change, rather than clicking undo hundreds of times!

An editor for scientific content: Authorea natively supports LaTeX and Markdown tables, LaTeX and MathML equations, and BibTeX references. Everything renders to HTML5.

Include images, data, and code: adding an image to an Authorea article is as easy as drag and drop. Every image sits in a folder which hosts related data and code.

What’s coming next?

Rich images: we are working hard to implement “executable figures”: figures which contain not only an image but also all the underlying data and code that were used to produce that image. Soon you will be able to push the plots you produce in RPython matplotlibd3.js, and other tools, from your console to the Authorea paper.

Commenting and annotation: let your peers, coauthors, and the public at large review, comment, and annotate your research articles.

LaTeX stylesheet support: so that you can export your articles to a format ready for submission to a journal.


An interesting new product in the suite of tools available for scholarly authors. …

ORCID: Open Researcher and Contributor ID

ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a not-for-profit, open source, global collaborative initiative to provide unique identification for researchers to make retrieval of papers by authors or cited authors more accurate and efficient. ORCID was formed to “support the creation of a permanent, clear and unambiguous record of research and scholarly communication by enabling reliable attribution of authors and contributors. ”

ORCID solves these problems:

  • Author name confusion in searching for authored and cited works; distinguish among authors with the same names
  • Attribution errors
  • Citation metric errors
  • Lack of persistent identification when people move to other departments or institutions
  • Having to input your publications information multiple times for different purposes, such as grants and annual reports

To take advantage of the opportunities provided by ORCID, register for an ID and fill in the required information. If you already have a Scopus Author ID/Profile,  all the information about your publications from that profile can be imported directly into ORCID.  If you have a ResearcherID  profile, you can add your ORCID identification number to that profile.  You can use your ORCID identification number where you need to list your publications, such as your web pages, grant applications and annual reports.

Discoverability Challenge

An interesting blog post from Lorcan Dempsey

The discoverability challenge is “not now only to improve local systems, it is to make library resources discoverable in other venues and systems, in the places where their users are having their discovery experiences. These include Google Scholar or Google Books, for example, or Goodreads, or Mendeley, or Amazon. It is also to promote institutionally created and managed resources to others. This involves more active engagement across a range of channels.”