Why GetFTR

GetFTR enables rapid access to published journal articles any time, anywhere, on any device. It aims to solve well-known access issues, as researchers work in an ever-increasing multitude of locations and find the research they need through multiple platforms and services. 

GetFTR has been developed to provide accurate, real-time entitlements information from participating publishers to enable a rapid path to the final published journal article, or a best available version. It integrates into scholarly platforms and discovery services and uses trusted authentication paths to enable a fast route from platform to published research. 

GetFTR is now in development and actively seeking participation to shape its use and ensure its benefits can be realized. Read on for our FAQs or go straight to our sections for publishers or integrators if you’re interested in using or integrating GetFTR.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Get Full Text Research (GetFTR)?

Get Full Text Research (GetFTR) is a free-to-use solution that gives researchers faster access to the published journal articles they need, whether subscription or open access.

The service integrates with today’s discovery tools and scholarly platforms so that researchers can easily determine which content their institution has made available to them. By clicking the GetFTR indicator, they can rapidly access research on participating publisher websites.

An initial group of five publishers have funded its development: American Chemical SocietyElsevierSpringer NatureTaylor & Francis Group and Wiley.

Who can use GetFTR?

Online research services can integrate GetFTR into their platform to provide users with fast, streamlined access to journal article links. It provides researchers with rapid access to published journal articles, enabling all integrators to link directly to the most up-to-date and best available version of the content.

Publishers and providers of online research services are encouraged and invited to take part in GetFTR’s development to maximize its benefits for the research community. Register your interest now.

How does GetFTR work?

The GetFTR service is built on trusted technology. It uses the well-established federated access method to enable the display of the GetFTR indicator and to provide the user with rapid pathways to research.

Discovery tools and scholarly platforms can leverage the recent work done by SeamlessAccess.org to ease the user journey through the federated access method by introducing a consistent authentication experience across websites.

Federated access is sometimes referred to as ‘Single sign on’, ‘Shibboleth and OpenAthens’ or ‘SAML-based authentication’. It is an authentication method in which the user indicates what institution they are a member of and then uses their institutional credentials to authenticate.

See how the GetFTR service streamlines users access to research.

What makes GetFTR different from other features and tools that offer rapid access to research?

Unlike other solutions, GetFTR provides researchers with accurate, real-time entitlements information from participating publishers’ websites and rapid access to the trusted, publisher-approved source of information.

GetFTR can be used on devices both on- and off-campus, from any browser, without the need for additional software, removing technological restrictions that limit the effectiveness of other solutions.

What are the benefits of GetFTR for librarians?

Librarians handle lots of queries (and complaints) from users about getting access to library collections. They see users increasingly turn to illicit methods to gain access to content. Coupled with this, librarians face the challenge of having to constantly know how different publishers’ authentication works, and in turn are burdened with the responsibility of educating their users on these various systems and processes. In some cases, they are also tasked with manually entering entitlement data into discovery systems, absorbing time, library budgets and potentially putting their institutions at risk.

GetFTR helps solve these challenges by eliminating the need to enter entitlement data manually, removing the need to have to continually educate user communities on login access to legal journal articles and to understand the numerous ways publishers’ authentication processes work.

What are the benefits of GetFTR for researchers?

Researchers use a variety of scholarly collaboration networks, discovery platforms, and library portals to find published research relevant to their areas of interest. They feel uncertainty, experience frustration and waste time browsing results and clicking through to publisher websites, not knowing if they will have access to the research. This experience drives many researchers to alternative online sources that may be unreliable, may distribute research illicitly, and may lack useful supporting materials (such as data) to aid them in their work. GetFTR solves this problem.

When viewing search results on a discovery tool or scholarly collaboration platform, researchers can easily tell which content their institution has made available to them via the GetFTR indicator. They can then follow the enhanced links provided by GetFTR to rapidly access research on publisher websites.

For users who do not have access based upon their institutional affiliation, participating publishers can provide access to an alternative version of the research, which will go beyond the abstract, enabling the user to better understand the nature of the article (e.g. a preprint).

Can GetFTR track what users are searching and reading?

No information that could personally identify a user is passed to GetFTR, and no information about the user’s search terms is revealed. GetFTR only receives DOIs and information that uniquely identifies the user’s institution. 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.

How much does GetFTR cost?

GetFTR can be integrated free of charge into discovery tools, scholarly platforms and library management systems. There is no cost for libraries, institutions, researchers or integrating platforms. 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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