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June 7, 2013
Five Minutes With Any Journal Article You Want?
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. . .
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