Pull quote: “So have a look at the free offerings from DeepDyve. And then use just about any other legal way of getting your hands on the paper for free: go through your school or institution, use Google Scholar to locate a free pre-print or post-print in a repository, use interlibrary loan to request a copy or email the author to see if they can provide a copy.”

Pull quote: “While peer review can do a pretty good job of separating good methodology and data analysis from bad, it isn’t very good at anticipating how revolutionary a particular idea may turn out to be. The history of science is filled with examples of discoveries whose importance was not immediately understood.”

Pull quote: “At SUNY Geneseo, we wanted to know what students were learning via reference transactions, beyond typical counts of reference questions or user satisfaction surveys. These reference transactions occur in several settings, including at the reference desk, during scheduled reference consultations, and through impromptu questions at various locations. Building on assessment techniques such as the One Minute Paper traditionally used in library instruction settings, students were given a survey after each reference transaction that simply asked ‘What did you learn today from your meeting with the librarian?’”

Pull quote: “Researchers can put another line on their resumes indicating the original published article, while also contributing to the public knowledge available on Wikipedia, reaching a wider audience than the original journal article. And the topic pages are not that different than a typical review article, a concept that tenure and promotion committees are already familiar with. The audience is just slightly different.”

Pull quote: “It’s hard to stand on the shoulders of giants if the giants are hiding under the bed.”

Pull quote: “I’d be less cynical about the plan if the publisher had simply promoted the plan, without informing us of how much ‘stir’ and ‘excitement’ it had already caused – earn the buzz for your new service, don’t just say it exists.”

Pull quote: “For small scholarly societies, subscriptions to their scholarly publications can make up a large portion of their operating budgets. Moving to an open access model may mean the loss of some of this revenue, and society members may question whether an author-pays model of open access publication will be able to offset the cost of publication. On the other hand, many societies may see a greater fulfillment of their mission by expanding open access options.”

Bonnie Swoger, science librarian at SUNY Geneseo, offers a nice set of tips for readers of Scientific American about how to find full text of journal articles mentioned in the news. Although the process required more work than is reasonable (and that’s not Swoger’s fault; it’s the nature of the complex systems we use), it’s great that she’s bringing these tips to a really wide audience.