Category : Discoverability

Nuestra CASA es vuestra CASA

Record cards in wooden drawerOur recent user research has revealed that one of the biggest bugbears for our customers is getting hold of content when they’re not at their home institution.

A number of technologies aim to solve this problem, including VPNs, proxy servers and federated access. While all of these systems work, they also put extra actions between the user and the content they’re looking for. User research indicates that the more steps there are between intent & fulfillment, the less likely it is that the user will persist to the fulfillment stage. As a result of this, we’re always looking for ways to make the user journey smoother, and the CASA initiative recently launched by Google Scholar promises to help do just that.

Campus-activated Subscriber Access (CASA) builds on the existing Subscriber Links program, adding seamless authentication and content access to Google Scholar links to Emerald content. When readers use GS on-campus, CASA notes their institution and associates that with their device or Google account for 30 days. When they later use Google Scholar off-campus with the same device or user account, CASA will send confirmation of their affiliation to Emerald, and we will use that to verify their access to the content they wish to read. No passwords, no virtual networks – if you have a subscription, we’ll take you straight to the paper.

As this builds on Subscriber Links, CASA will automatically work if you have that set up for your institution – you don’t need to do a thing. The process is seamless for the end-user as well, and requires no actions on their part.

 

 

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ODI & Product checklists

I’m pleased to announce that we’ve released a set of checklists today, detailing what we’re doing to make the content we publish easier to find.
First off the bat is our NISO Open Discovery Initiative checklist. This helps us convey, in a standard format, exactly what we’re doing to increase the discoverability of our content.

We have also published checklists detailing what we do for each of our three main products, Books, Journals and Case Studies. These checklists include information about A&I services, social media and metadata. We’re working on a fourth checklist, covering our discovery-related activities for Open Access content, which we plan to release shortly.

The checklists can be found here

 

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Take a peek at our monographs

As our Product digital team work on improving the on Emerald Insight content experience, incremental changes are being released onto the site enhancing its usability, discovery and not forgetting its aesthetic pleasure!

PDF Previews for our latest monographs (and the Transport eBooks Collection’s monographs) have now been enabled on www.emeraldinsight.com, allowing everybody, be they customers or inquisitive parties, the opportunity to view the prelims and first few pages of the first chapter. Not only is this a great way to give people a taste of the title, it allows Google to better index the content, aiding in the discovery for Emerald’s book titles.

 

Additional work is starting soon to improve on this offer by expanding the free preview to the whole first chapter of each new monograph on the site.

 

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Feeding RePEc for content hungry economists

Knowing what researchers need in order to do their job is something that all publishers work towards. A part of that focuses on ensuring content on the subject matter they are researching is discover-able. Over the past year we’ve heard from economists who want to access our abstracts as part of the RePEc service and during the last few weeks we’ve been working to make this happen.

RePEc (Research Papers in Economics – http://repec.org/) is a volunteer maintained project that collects data from various sources, then serves the metadata to users through a variety of different services. Emerald used to provide journal data to the RePEc, but technical issues caused it to fall behind several years ago.

Now, with the new digital teams in place, we are working to get our latest article metadata onto RePEc’s database, with the first steps to make some of our more recent journal metadata available. This is already underway with the creation of a new FTP server, the sourcing and conversion of content which has been successfully tested with a batch of 41 journal titles. Following on from this, we are working to make an automated feed live in January to allow the flow of new journal metadata to reach RePEc faster and with minimal manual intervention. This will then be extended to Book metadata, to better serve the needs of economics researchers.

Watch this space for further updates!

 

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