Newgen KnowledgeWorks at the DLF Forum: Can libraries keep up with the explosion of open access content?


Patrick Martinent, Newgen
This guest post is provided by Patrick Martinent, Chief Technology Officer at Newgen KnowledgeWorks.



The growth rate of scientific publication has been studied from 1907 to 2007 and there are no indications that it has decreased in the past 50 years. The below image substantiates the viewpoint that OA content is growing at a more tremendous pace than ever before.

Rising percentage of OA. Source:
Rising percentage of OA. Source:

This increasing number of articles indicates that scholars are now more interested in publishing in open access journals. The scholarly contents of these e-journals allow readers of open access journals to understand the current research trends and developments in their field. OA journals is also providing archives of back issues, quick retrieval, and metadata that allows custom-designed search engines to improve scholarship today. To make the discoverability easier, libraries can now offer their members universal access to OA content directly on mobile devices using ResearchPad.

ResearchPad Open Access Edition is a web and mobile platform that aggregates and republishes OA articles from leading publishers. ResearchPad is continually adding OA publishers to its production pipeline to bring relevant research to readers on their mobile devices as and when it is published.

The platform removes the pain out of discovery with Relevant Research, enabling readers to set up custom alerts directly on their tablets and be notified whenever articles that matter to them are published.

Newgen’s President, Maran Elancheran, is keen to participate in the 2015 Digital Library Federation Forum (poster session) and establish a dialog with library communities. Newgen is excited to learn and understand more about how librarians access and consume scholarly content in this digital age. We are also interested to know about the innovative approaches being implemented by library communities (to engage the readers and also to reuse data and collections).

Newgen is also wondering how much of OA content is being consumed by researchers/readers nowadays and how a librarian deals with OA content. We are also interested to know how the library community deals with mobile platforms and manages data collection (for understanding reader’s usage and behavior patterns).

With this rapid growth of OA, it is inevitable for librarians to provide a right platform that enables readers to find, access and consume the relevant content on the go. ResearchPad OAE using its Relevant Research and other key features such as citation export, full-text search and library management enables researchers to stay updated on the latest research that matters to them.

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