Publishing Open Access has its benefits: You Can Now Search Mendeley Web for #OA content

We didn’t quite make it in time for OA week, but I hope we’ll be forgiven, because we have an AWESOME feature that we just quietly launched. It’s now possible to filter the 27 million canonical documents in the Mendeley research catalog for articles published in Open Access journals.

Why is this important?

Advanced Search OA Option
Advanced Search OA Option

If you do research, you’re probably familiar with the situation: you read your colleague’s papers & do research, then publish your work in the hopes that your colleagues will read it and you can continue to get funded to do more research. At each step of the way, you pay. Even if the direct cost to you is hidden by your institution, you pay for research materials, pay to publish, then pay again via your library’s subscriptions to read what you and your colleagues paid to publish. It’s an odd system, not entirely unlike how soap is made in the movie Fight Club. If you’re one of the researchers in the developing countries or at smaller research institutions in the first-world, you don’t need us to tell you how this is holding back progress and development of life-saving technologies, but even researchers at elite institutions can understand that it’s depriving them of readership. (Mendeley Group)

How does this affect your career?

Thankfully, there’s another way to publish which avoids these problems and turns research papers and data into the kind of social objects we’re accustomed to finding on the web. Open Access publishing is a publishing mechanism where the author, or the author’s institution, pays the publication costs up-front, freeing the publisher from the need to restrict access on the back end. When you consider that up-front fees are often comparable to the page charges at journals that don’t offer open access to your research (and most OA publishers have no fees at all), it’s a bit hard to understand why funding agencies continue to put up with it. More and more, they’re not, as governments turn to public access mandates(US, UK) to get the most out of stretched research budgets and increase public awareness of science.

You can now take advantage of this increased access by searching Mendeley’s catalog of the world’s research for papers published in Open Access journals. When you find a paper this way, you know you will be able to read the full text of the paper, no matter where you are or how big a budget your institution has for journal subscriptions. Just click the OA checkbox in the advanced search options or try a sample search.

Other notable features in this Wednesday’s web release are:

  • Use Facebook Connect to login and share papers
  • Custom http://mnd.ly shortlinks for blogging or tweeting papers using the Share This widget on article pages
  • More information added to RSS feed and API

9 thoughts on “Publishing Open Access has its benefits: You Can Now Search Mendeley Web for #OA content

  1. Thanks for supporting the OA search filter. In discussing it, however, you leave the false impression that all or most OA journals charge upfront author-side fees. But the reverse is true. Most (70%) OA journals charge no author-side fees at all. For details, see http://goo.gl/dNY5W .

  2. Is this limited to “papers published in Open Access Journals” or any OA content? There are many OA publications in repositories, and not ever publication is a journal article (e.g. proceeding articles).

  3. Thanks for OI support!

    Could you please improve filtering? The boolean search (AND / +) does not work. Instead of limiting, it increases search results.

  4. Can I ask what the answer was to Jacobs comment above. What is the Open Access searching. Is it OA Journals only or is it also searching Repositories (ePrints and D-Space)? Tried a few searches and appear to get results from both.

  5. Matt, Jakob – The OA search is not limited to journals. We also have content from repositories. The web search works best using keywords, so if you’re having trouble finding what you want, try adding more keywords to your query, or using the advanced search interface.

  6. Readers familiar with Open Access will note that I glossed over the whole Green/Gold OA issue. I try to keep these posts short and not too technical, but here’s the basics for those who want to learn more. Green OA provides access by self-archiving or placing preprints with institutional repositories, whereas Gold OA (what I described above) is simply publishing as we know it, except that the author or his institution pays a fee so the journal doesn’t need to collect money from subscribers.

    The reason this is relevant now is that with Nature Publishing launching Scientific Reports to join the successful PLoS ONE, Gold OA is seeing the biggest uptake among the sciences. Green is still common among the humanities.

  7. Thanks. It’s a clearly improved of mendeley. But, can you promove the free publication in here! For example, in Universities in Pregraduate level… may it be.
    Anyway, thanks for the work

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