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DeepDyve introducing ‘Cloud’ access models?

Posted by sarahw9 on 27 January, 2010

I’ve just been reading about a case study of the University of Westminster who it is claimed could save £1million by using the Google Apps education edition, so all its students and staff use google docs, email etc.  At the same time I was reading about a new pay per view approach to accessing research papers launched October 2009 via the search engine Deepdyve (which specialises in scientific, technical and medical papers).  Users of this model can read but not download papers as often as they wish for a 24 hour period for $0.99 each.  Publishers such as Oxford University Press, Sage, Taylor & Francis, Wiley-Blackwell can be found there.   There are also subscription services, so for $9.99 users can get 20 free articles a month and for $19.99 they can read unlimited articles.  The search engine also includes open access papers which can be viewed of course for free.  The search engine offers the usual services of email alerts / RSS feeds and interestingly you are invited to copy paragraphs of text into the search box “No need to come up with the perfect 2-3 words. Simply paste an interesting article into the search bar and click!”.  DeepDyve have recently partnered with CiteUlike so their users can also rent articles directly from DeepDyve.

Whilst this is probably aimed at researchers outside of the conventional channels to accessing research literature, I can imagine that lots of post graduate students and academics might be tempted to pay 61p on an occasional basis just to save the trouble of filling and and signing forms which give them free access to journals via traditional document supply.  Then again perhaps signing up for an account is just as much hassle.  I wonder what take up they will have, and what new publishing models could be coming soon?

2 Responses to “DeepDyve introducing ‘Cloud’ access models?”

  1. It’s an interesting thought Sarah – the mobile apps and increasingly computer games industry is moving towards micropayments like this. Why not spend a few pence for something and have it right now, I could certainly see the appeal. Of course the assumption is that what people want is on this service, with OA and ejournals increasingly what people want from DocSupply is rare materials and unusual items – not so much the mainstream.

    Question might be if people use it – are we supporting them when they can’t open stuff or have problems?

  2. Sarahw9 said

    My guess is that its our job to support them as far as reasonable in the same way we would support anyone using say PubMed (ie any resource we don’t specifically pay for ourselves)or Google – as our remit is to support our students and staff in general. Obviously there are limits to this and we would have to refer back to the service providers – as they are the paying customers in the end.

    Funnily enough this rental model is a bit like libraries anyway – I was wondering if the same could apply to ebooks – you rent to view an ebook on your device for a ‘loan’ period before it disappears. Could apply to journal articles too….

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