Meeting with Scott Bard of 1Science

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 3:00pm to 4:15pm

Meeti with Scott Bard of 1Science, an open access journal discovery platform: at Tufts University, Tisch Library, Austin Conference room.

"Our belief is that there should be an easier way to search for open-access, peer-reviewed scholarly literature that will save libraries time and money. Our technology is developed to respond to day-to-day searching needs for high-quality content. It is suited for librarians, researchers, faculty and students. We have worked very closely with faculty to build a solution that they want to use.  The benefits of our solution focus on the following:

-Save on costs (both subscription and ILL)
-Find all OA, high-quality peer reviewed journal articles on the internet
-Expand a library's collection with OA content
-Support students and researchers with high-quality literature by focusing on peer reviewed articles
-Provide patrons with a seamless, intuitive user experience

All our content is verified and curated thanks to the 14 years of experience in bibliometrics provided by our parent company Science-Metrix, a leader in the international research and statistics community.

We are continuously improving our product to match the needs of the librarians, researchers and students. Since January 2015, we have met with more than 65 universities and consortia to obtain their feedback.  Additionally we focused on curating our data, and developing a premium platform for all their search and discovery needs. In the second half of 2016, we aim to provide analytics and insights that will help universities evaluate the state of OA by country, measure an institution’s OA performance and benchmark it against their peer institutions as well as other institutions.

Additionally, as universities are faced with static or declining budgets, it is more important than ever to make the right decisions regarding their holdings and ensure the proper acquisition mix.  Based on our discussions with Universities we have introduced an additional service, The Holdings Analysis Service.  We will perform a bibliographic analysis of the institution's electronic journals collection by determining, for each journal, what proportion of the holding's articles are available in Open Access. The resulting report will present the journal's usage by looking at the citations made by the institution's authors as well as which journals their authors are publishing in over time. Provided the institution can make this data available, downloadable statistics per journal can also be added. This is a powerful and useful tool for libraries in several ways, from helping to inform journal cancellation decisions to quantifying an institution’s research and publishing trends."