The Summon Discovery Service Expands Coverage of Open Access Scholarly Content

Thanks to new agreements with three publishers of scholarly open access journal and book content, libraries using the Summon service from Serials Solutions can offer researchers more access to freely available resources outside of their own collections. Making these resources accessible through the library discovery interface broadens the number of highly relevant and appropriate results returned to researchers, while further making the library the “go-to” resource for credible content.

Libertas Academica, based in New Zealand, publishes 87 peer-reviewed medical and scientific journals, containing more than 2,800 articles. Of the journals, 81 are open access while six are pay-per-view or subscription only. Medical titles are prominent in the collection, including a set of journals devoted to clinical practice in the major medical specialties. There are also journals related to biotechnology topics as well as other sciences.

eScholarship@McGill, the McGill University open access collection, showcases the publications and theses of McGill University faculty and students. The collection includes more than 30,000 full-text documents of electronic theses, research articles and reports, working papers, conference papers and books.

The Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB), provided by Open Access Publishing in European Networks (OAPEN), is a discovery service for peer-reviewed monographs published under an Open Access license. The DOAB’s searchable index will be added to the Summon service, including links to the full texts of the publications at the publisher’s Web site or repository. More than 1100 academic peer-reviewed books from 28 publishers will be indexed and discoverable.

Since its launch in 2009, the Summon service has been the leading solution for the discovery of open access content. The Summon service contains more than 24 million open access records from a variety of scholarly sources with a significant portion of this content searchable in full text. With the Serials Solutions Client Center administrative module libraries can easily expand their collections simply by choosing to display selected open access content within their Summon results.