Publisher the American Society of Civil Engineers and integrator Semantic Scholar are to join GetFTR

10th December 2020

GetFTR expands service with two new partners supporting a consistent researcher experience and streamlined access to over 86,000,000 research articles

Publisher the American Society of Civil Engineers and integrator Semantic Scholar are to join GetFTR as of December 2020, expanding the availability of GetFTR.

GetFTR has today announced that publisher the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and Semantic Scholar ( an AI-powered research tool for scientific literature, will join GetFTR to support more streamlined access for researchers to content on and off campus.  Speaking of the partnership, Sebastian Kohlmeier, Sr. Manager of Business Operations at Semantic Scholar commented:

“Our core mission is to build a smarter way to discover scientific content for researchers. We have been really impressed with the way GetFTR has been developing, looking to address this problem and become part of the solution. At a time when remote access to content is even more paramount, the onus is on us as a community to better support access to high-quality content for researchers and to ensure the seamlessness of that experience.”

Working directly with the research community, over the last 11 months, GetFTR has been focused on refining the service to best support streamlined access to global journal literature through affiliated discovery tools and scholarly platforms. The service now supports streamlined access to over 86,000,000 research articles.  

Speaking about impact going forwards, Dana Compton, Publisher, at ASCE remarked:

“Time and time again we hear of researcher fatigue and librarian frustration with publisher entitlements and illegitimate pirate research. We must address this problem as a community. By working with a growing number of discovery tools already being used by researchers, and by simplifying institutional access, GetFTR is becoming part of the solution to these issues. In our roles we want to ensure that research is accessible and can be broadly used to support the development of knowledge. We look forward to working with and implementing GetFTR to better tackle these challenges.”

Free to use for researchers, libraries and discovery services, GetFTR has increased the speed and ease of accessing research by simplifying authentication, making it clear which content researchers have access to, and working across multiple publisher platforms to reduce researcher fatigue. GetFTR removes the need to register, opt-in, or download additional software to access content, as users search for research articles across different publisher and research platforms. 

Dianne Benham, GetFTR Product, said that “GetFTR is delighted to be able to continue to expand the service through its new partnerships. In a time when remote working is very much the norm, we hope to continue to improve the journey to access and remove barriers for researchers as we navigate what the ‘new normal’ workflows will be as we move forwards.”


Full participant list in GetFTR can be found here. GetFTR continues to take feedback from librarians, integrators, publishers, researchers and Scholarly Collaboration Networks on its development. If you would like to join more information can be found

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The American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 150,000 members of the civil engineering profession in 177 countries. Founded in 1852, ASCE is the nation’s oldest engineering society. ASCE stands at the forefront of a profession that plans, designs, constructs, and operates society’s economic and social engine – the built environment – while protecting and restoring the natural environment. Through the expertise of its active membership, ASCE is a leading provider of technical and professional conferences and continuing education, the world’s largest publisher of civil engineering content, and an authoritative source for codes and standards that protect the public.
The Society advances civil engineering technical specialties through nine dynamic Institutes and leads with its many professional- and public-focused programs.

Semantic Scholar  is a free, AI-powered research tool for scientific literature from the Allen Institute for AI. Our mission is to empower Scholars to overcome information overload by providing easy access to the most relevant information from the world’s scientific literature. Since our launch in November 2015, we have indexed more than 195 million research papers from thousands of academic journals and conferences. Learn more at

Get Full Text Research (GetFTR) is a new service that enables faster access for researchers to the published journal articles they need. Working on- and off-campus and built on trusted technology, GetFTR is now inviting providers of online research services and publishers to be part of its development.

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