GetFTR 2022 End of Year Roundup

12th January 2023

Three years on

Earlier this month we attended the STM Conference to present where we are three years on, after our announcement at STM back in December 2019. We provided an update on our partners, who now total 34, with more joining in the new year. We reached 6 billion entitlement checks this month, and have increased clicks on GetFTR links by more than 15% this quarter compared to last.

Latest Partners

We welcome American Diabetes Association and American Physiological Society. Both provide real-time DOI-level entitlement decisions and GetFTR smart links for the many Discovery Services and Scholarly Collaboration Networks that use GetFTR.

A number of Publishers have started working on their integrations to provide streamlined access to references, joining ScienceDirect who launched earlier this year. Wiley has started their roll-out last week (see design below), with the IOPP pilot starting earlier this month.

New GetFTR Usability Guidelines available

We are pleased to announce that GetFTR has updated its Usability Guidelines, based on feedback from the scholarly community and UX teams. They can be accessed here.

These recommendations provide guidance for the implementation of the User Interface (UI) elements of Get Full Text Research (GetFTR) for Discovery Services, Scholarly Collaboration Networks and Publisher references, as well as recommendations on the optimum user experience.

  • The GetFTR Indicator is now mandatory, however it is up to each site to determine how best to convey the status of Open Access content to their users
  • UX design examples have been included, highlighting “dos” and “don’ts”
  • Guidelines are backed with data, comparing current UX designs to click-through rates on GetFTR links, to identify best practice

If you would like to meet to discuss how to improve your current implementation, or are considering integrating with GetFTR, please contact me at 

New Services at GetFTR

GetFTR is in the final stages of testing a central entitlements service which was developed to meet the needs of some of our larger integrators. By centralizing entitlements at GetFTR and co-locating services with our integrators, we’re able to reduce the time to respond to entitlement requests. 

Additionally, GetFTR has nearly completed the development of a browser extension that will provide researchers with GetFTR links in their preferred Discovery Service, without the need for the service to integrate with GetFTR. If you are a researcher and would like to test the new service, we invite you to leave your details here; it will be free to use and very simple to implement.

Wishing you all a restful holiday, and all the best for 2023. Looking forward to catching up with you either online or in person. 

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