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June 7, 2013

Five Minutes With Any Journal Article You Want?

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Posted by Derek

The literature access service DeepDyve has made an intriguing announcement of a new service they're offering for non-subscribers of scientific journals. For free, you can have access to the full text. . .for five minutes.

Here's more from the Information Culture blog at Scientific American. Obviously, five minutes is not enough to actually read a journal article, but it probably is enough to decide if you really want to pay to see the thing for real. (And I might note, for chemists and biologists, that five minutes is probably enough time to check a procedure in the experimental section). To that end, it's worth noting that many journals do not seem to put their Supplementary Information files behind their paywalls, and thorough experimental details seem more and more to be showing up in those, rather than the main text.

Note: DeepDyve has access to Elsevier, Wiley, and Royal Society of Chemistry journals, among many others. Nature is in there, but not ScienceBut appears to be no Journal of Biological Chemistry, to pick a heavy hitter on the bio end. And for the less-common chemistry needs, there appears to be no access to Heterocycles or the Journal of Heterocyclic Chemistry, and no Phosphorus, Sulfur, although many other out-of-the-way journals do show up. Update: note also that the American Chemical Society does not seem to be a participant at all. . .

But for people without journal access, this could be the best of a number of not-so-good options. I'll give it a try myself next time I run into some reference in a journal that my own institution doesn't subscribe to, and see how it goes. Thoughts and experiences welcome in the comments. . .

Comments (13) + TrackBacks (0) | Category: The Scientific Literature


1. See Arr Oh on June 7, 2013 8:05 AM writes...

The way this post is titled brings to mind those goofy games teenagers play at high school sleepovers. Made me giggle.

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2. Paranoid Android on June 7, 2013 8:34 AM writes...

Enough time to press "Print Scr" on each page?

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3. will on June 7, 2013 8:39 AM writes...

Journal of Biological Chemistry is already completely open-access I beleive, so no need for this service there

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4. Chemjobber on June 7, 2013 8:49 AM writes...

#1: Seven Minutes in the Library just doesn't have the same ring.

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5. Anonymous on June 7, 2013 10:56 AM writes...

@ Paranoid Android - my first thought exactly!

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6. JoHn on June 7, 2013 11:03 AM writes...

Printscreen won't work

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7. Quintus on June 7, 2013 11:13 AM writes...

I don't see JACS, JOC or Org Lett in there also J. Med. Chem seems to be missing
Or am I doing something wrong?

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8. anon on June 7, 2013 1:03 PM writes...


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9. great unknown on June 7, 2013 1:22 PM writes...

But simple screen capture programs will. As will a typical digital camera or smart-phone camera. After all, a typical HD screen is less than 5 meg.

In other words, if the honor code is broken, there's not much hope.

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10. Sean on June 7, 2013 1:25 PM writes...

Perhaps people should write papers that are just long enough for a 5 minute read and throw everything of value in a supplemental paper- is that a nanopublication or a (5) minute publication? Love to see journals charging $30 dollars for something that takes such a short read. Wait, forgot some journals charge for you to read book reviews.

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11. Canageek on June 7, 2013 5:21 PM writes...

This makes me think of a program I heard about a few years ago, that takes a screenshot every X minutes or seconds and dumps it to a file. It would seem ideal for this: Set it to a fairly fast increment, page through the paper, then print out each screenshot. Boom: Paper.

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12. Eric on June 10, 2013 10:29 AM writes...

I like Deepdyve's concept and tried the service. Finally dropped it b/c it seemed that the article I wanted was seldom on their content list. I'll try it again when they cover the journals I need.

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13. unlingua on June 11, 2013 4:14 PM writes...

It's plenty of time to take screenshots of it.

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