Frequently Asked Questions – Publishers

What are the benefits of GetFTR for publishers?

Publishers have to handle lots of queries and complaints from librarians and users about getting access to paywalled content. As a consequence, their users increasingly turn to illicit options to gain access to content. With GetFTR, publishers can put their readers first, improving user experience through the streamlining of access to published research, whether subscription or open access.

As a publisher, can I include my entitlements?

Yes. This is a collaborative project with an open invitation for any publisher to participate in the GetFTR development and implementation. If you’d like to get involved, you can register your interest now.

Can GetFTR track what users are searching and reading?

No sensitive personal information is passed to GetFTR, and no information about the user’s search terms is revealed. GetFTR only receives DOIs, end user IP addresses and information that uniquely identifies the user’s institution. GetFTR uses this information only to pass requests to publishers for entitlement checks. GetFTR does not and will not track individual users or analyze data at the individual user level, and does not and will not make user-level data available to any third party. In addition, GetFTR has no visibility to what links a user clicks in a discovery service. When clicking on GetFTR links, the user goes directly to the publisher’s website and is redirected to the user’s home institution for authentication. GetFTR is not involved in article retrieval in any way.

What formats and versions of articles will be supported?

The WAYFless link (Where Are You From link) will provide access to the full journal article, with format (PDF and/or HTML) determined by the publisher.

A WAYFless URL enables a user from an institution to gain federated access to the service or resource in a way that bypasses the WAYF page.

Can non-entitled users access content?

Currently, users don’t see any GetFTR indicator if they are not entitled. In future 2020 development, publishers will be able to provide access to an alternative version of the article. This will go substantially beyond the abstract, enabling any user to gain a better understanding of the nature of the article.

Do publishers need to tag articles as OA or free for them to appear correctly in integrated platforms?

No. The publisher provides the API which queries entitlements and checks for type. Read the full API specification for publishers for more on this.

How much does GetFTR cost?

GetFTR can be integrated free of charge into discovery tools, scholarly platforms and library management systems. GetFTR will be sustained through financial contributions from participating publishers on a tiered structure according to the volume of published output.

When will GetFTR launch?

GetFTR went live with its pilot in April 2020. Entitlements information from the five founding partners – American Chemical SocietyElsevierSpringer NatureTaylor & Francis Group and Wiley – will initially be made available via GetFTR. Other publishers are actively encouraged to participate. Please contact us for more information if you’re considering participating now or register your interest for updates on the full GetFTR launch.

An Advisory Board comprising a range of industry and scholarly community participants have also supported GetFTR’s development, with guidance and technical insight from, amongst others, the American Society of Civil Engineers, Atypon, Digital Science, IEEE, Mendeley, Silverchair and Third Iron.

Three scholarly platforms and discovery tools – MendeleyReadCube Papers, and Dimensions – are piloting GetFTR. This will enable more experimentation in a live environment, more learning, and more refining of the GetFTR service, making it even better for users.

Can you experience GetFTR, from a user’s perspective, before it is launched?

Feedback and collaboration is fundamental to the GetFTR service. A GetFTR reference website has been created to support integrators. Included on this site is an example of a discovery service that has implemented GetFTR.

The reference website will feature support including UX guidelines and swagger documents. It will enable integrators to view interactive API documents, schema, endpoints, and query the API if an integrator ID and secret has been provided.

If you’re considering integrating GetFTR, please register your interest and select ‘I work for a Publisher, Research Discovery Service or Scholarly Platform and would like to speak to a member of the team about integrating with GetFTR’.

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