ResearchGate integrates with GetFTR

GetFTR’s new opt-in service offers participating publishers support with content syndication, speeding up access to trusted content for their researchers   

GetFTR has today announced that ResearchGate, the professional network for researchers, has integrated with the service as part of an expanded offering for publishers. 

Over the last few months, GetFTR has been building, and ResearchGate testing, a new opt-in service that provides a faster way to check entitlement information between publishers, academic discovery services like ResearchGate, and reading platforms

Publishers that opt-in to using this integrated service offering from GetFTR will be able to benefit from a high performing and easy way to manage their entitlement information in content syndication arrangements. Whilst researchers will benefit from quick, effortless access to the articles that they are entitled to. GetFTR is in talks with additional discovery and reading platforms to extend this offering. Mathias Astell, Product VP, ResearchGate commented:

“GetFTR has gone from strength to strength since its launch three years ago. With our aligned commitment to enabling quicker and easier access to research, working with GetFTR to deliver this new service enables us to facilitate greater access to high quality research content for our 25m+ researcher users, both on- and off-campus. This service will also increase the reach and accessibility of the content our publisher partners share through the network. All our Publisher partners will soon be able to benefit from this service and we look forward to working with them on this.”

Since launch, GetFTR has been focused on providing value to researchers by making their journey to find and access trusted content easier, as well as supporting publishers by optimizing researchers’ pathways to authoritative content. GetFTR remains committed to enhancing its core offering of addressing this gap between discovery and access, and continues to explore use cases such as reference list and discovery service integration, to do this. 

The introduction of these capabilities to support content syndication and provide faster links to content – now in use by ResearchGate – are the next step in GetFTRs evolution of service offerings for the community. Global academic publisher Springer Nature is the first publisher to take advantage of  this service, as part of its content syndication agreement with ResearchGate.


Free GetFTR Browser Extension beta

“Would you like to participate in the GetFTR Chrome browser extension beta program (developed by Elsevier, Springer Nature, Wiley, Taylor & Francis and ACS) which provides:

Signalling of articles you’re entitled to access, when using Google Scholar, PubMed, and Web of Science
Fast access to published articles, removing unnecessary steps, and saving time
Access to the latest version of the research

During the beta we will be gathering feedback to identify how we can improve the service…”

GetFTR now supports half of global research output | Research Information

“Get Full Text Research (GetFTR), a free service that enables faster access for researchers to published journal articles, now supports access to more than half of global research output.

This year has already seen partnerships with aerospace publisher AIAA; the American Society for Microbiology ASM; digital library platform DeepDyve; scientific publisher IOP Publishing; research tool SciFinder; and Elsevier’s abstract and citation database Scopus, all go live. Holding partnerships with over 35 publishers and integrators, GetFTR now supports streamlined access to more than 51 per cent of global research output….”

GetFTR | » GetFTR now supports streamlined access to over 51% of global research output

“Get Full Text Research (GetFTR) continues to strengthen its commitment on improving access for the research community through newly established partnerships. The start of the year has seen: aerospace publisher AIAA; the American Society for Microbiology  

ASM; digital library platform DeepDyve; scientific publisher IOP Publishing; research tool SciFinder; and Elsevier’s abstract and citation database Scopus, all go live. Holding partnerships with over 35 publishers and integrators, GetFTR now supports streamlined access to over 51% of global research output….”

Sounding the Alarm: Scholarly Information and Global Information Companies in 2021 | Partnership: The Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research

Abstract:  Vendors and publishers collaborate and work to protect their bottom line — which is threatened by open access (OA) — by expanding into research lifecycle and data analytics, and by continuing to merge and acquire each other, reducing choice in the library market. The implementation of Seamless Access and other systems force library staff into the position of gatekeeper for systems and platforms that we have no control or input over. Vendors and publishers control the online content that librariescan access: they add and remove content at will, and classify titles according to their greatest possible sales margins, making valuable resources unavailable to libraries to license for campus-wide access. These vendor actions—which impact the research lifecycle as a whole, disrupt traditional publishing, and seek to monetize user data—are extremely concerning. Collective action is the only way to make significant inroads against these developments. We suggestsome proactive ways that we can initiate these collective actions and resist these industry-wide developments imposed by vendors and publishers.

ScienceDirect pilot aims to improve research discovery and access

“Now, the American Chemical Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry, Taylor & Francis and Wiley will collaborate with ScienceDirect on a six-month pilot project to better understand how we can address these challenges.

During the pilot, researchers will be able to search and browse more than 70,000 articles in 35 journals from these participating publishers, alongside Elsevier’s content on ScienceDirect. The journals are all Organic Chemistry and Transportation titles, including most of the top journals in these fields. …”

Elsevier’s ScienceDirect as Content Supercontinent?  – The Scholarly Kitchen

“Earlier today Elsevier announced a pilot project in which the American Chemical Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry, Taylor & Francis, and Wiley will syndicate selected content to the ScienceDirect platform. The articles will appear in search and browse listings….

For purposes of the pilot, the display and access to full text will vary from the Elsevier content. Abstracts of the pilot content will be viewable on ScienceDirect. When the pilot content is open access, the text will be available on ScienceDirect; however, the user will be linked to the original publisher’s website for the formatted PDF. If the content is only available by subscription, users will be linked to the original publisher’s website with no display of full text on ScienceDirect. Users who are entitled to the subscription content, as determined on ScienceDirect through GetFTR functionality, will be linked directly to the full text on the original publisher’s website. …

In essence, this pilot reminds us that ScienceDirect is already a freely available discovery tool and a user of ScienceDirect gets all of the benefits of a subscription database, whether they are only able to access the open access publications on the platform or if their entitlements enable access to subscription Elsevier – and now other publisher – content as well. …”

GetFTR | Silverchair partners American Medical Association and Rockefeller University Press join GetFTR – GetFTR

“The American Medical Association and Rockefeller University Press have today announced their partnership with Get Full Text Research (GetFTR), a free-to-use solution for Discovery Services, Reference Managers, and other integrators that supports researchers by streamlining how they discover and access content on and off campus. Both publishers host their journal content on the Silverchair Platform, which joined GetFTR recently….”

Scientific Publisher Future Science Group becomes 8th publisher to go live with GetFTR – Future Science Group

“Future Science Group (FSG) has today joined Get Full Text Research (GetFTR), enabling a growing body of global researchers to benefit from faster and streamlined access to content on and off campus, via affiliated discovery tools and scholarly platforms.

FSG becomes the eighth publisher to provide entitlement information through GetFTR, joining the American Chemical Society, American Society of Civil Engineers, Elsevier, Karger, Springer Nature, Taylor & Francis Group, and Wiley. The addition of FSG will further enable researchers to seamlessly access over 86,000,000 research articles from a global body of literature….”

Publishers Care about the Version of Record, Do Researchers? – The Scholarly Kitchen

“It was against this backdrop that I read Exploring Researcher Preference for the Version of Record, which reported on research Springer Nature conducted in collaboration with ResearchGate. It is perhaps obvious to caveat that it is in Springer Nature’s interests to use this study to reinforce the value of the VOR, a central position of a recent keynote by CEO Frank Vrancken Peeters at the APE 2021 conference.

The study was conducted “in situ” and leveraged the Springer Nature syndication pilot project that posted VOR articles for access on the ResearchGate platform. As Mithu Lucraft, Director for Content Marketing Strategy, of the Springer Nature Group and one of the study’s co-authors explained to me, the survey was presented to ResearchGate users that were logged in and who had interacted with at least one Springer Nature publication in the 60 days prior to the survey being live in October 2020. 

Importantly, survey participants were not only asked to choose which version of an article they prefer but also which versions they would feel comfortable using for different purposes. In many cases, participants indicated that multiple different versions would be acceptable for a given use, which indicates that a preprint or accepted manuscript can substitute for the VOR in some use cases but perhaps not all. …”

Guest Post – Lessons Learned: A Year with GetFTR – The Scholarly Kitchen

“Utilizing real time entitlement checks, GetFTR streamlines access to published journal content from discovery tools and scholarly collaboration networks, both for subscription and open access content. Dead ends are minimized for researchers as they can easily determine which content their institution has made available to them, both on or off-campus via the visual GetFTR link. (Think visually like the Amazon Prime trust mark). While we don’t pretend to put GetFTR forward as the sole solution, it is a more streamlined and sustainable way to support all in facilitating easier access to research, globally, from any location.

Responses have been predominantly positive, and to date, ten publishers and a further 11 integrators have already signed on. From a user perspective, we have seen month-on-month growth of positive links returned and have received very useful feedback. However, we have not been immune to criticism or misunderstanding of the service, particularly  how GetFTR impacts the role of librarians and link resolvers, privacy, and the need to provide more flexibility and support for integrators of the service….”

CHORUS now using GetFTR to support open research compliance for publicly funded research – CHORUS

“CHORUS (, the non-profit membership organization, is now using Get Full Text Research (GetFTR) technology to speed up and enhance their open research audit process.

CHORUS is applying the GetFTR API to further automate the gathering and checking of key data on journal articles and conference proceedings from multiple publishers, supporting the organization’s mission of advancing sustainable, cost-effective public access to content reporting on research funded by public organizations. For GetFTR, this means its technology is being used in increasingly innovative ways to support the discovery of research….

The GetFTR service is now being used by six publishers and eight integrating partners, including CHORUS, Dimensions, Figshare, Mendeley, Papers and the Researcher app.”

Get Full Text Research: Partner Media Kit October 2020

“Get Full Text Research (GetFTR) is a new solution that enables faster access for researchers to the published journal articles they need. It is free to use for the research community, libraries, and integrators and operates on a tiered pricing structure for publishers. Built on trusted technology to work on and off-campus, GetFTR integrates with online research services and discovery platforms to provide direct, authenticated links to the most up to date and best version of the journal article, both on- and off-campus. More detail and FAQs are available here:….”

User Behavior Access Controls at a Library Proxy Server are Okay | Disruptive Library Technology Jester

“The webinar where Cory presented was the first mention I’d seen of a new group called the Scholarly Networks Security Initiative (SNSI). SNSI is the latest in a series of publisher-driven initiatives to reduce the paywall’s friction for paying users or library patrons coming from licensing institutions. GetFTR (my thoughts) and Seamless Access (my thoughts). (Disclosure: I’m serving on two working groups for Seamless Access that are focused on making it possible for libraries to sensibly and sanely integrate the goals of Seamless Access into campus technology and licensing contracts.)…”

WHOIS behind SNSI & GetFTR? | Motley Marginalia

“I question whether such rich personally identifiably information (PII) is required to prevent illicit account access. If it is collected at all, there are more than enough data points here (obviously excluding username and account information) to deanonymize individuals and reveal exactly what they looked at and when so it should not be kept on hand too long for later analysis.

Another related, though separate endeavor is GetFTR which aims to bypass proxies (and thereby potential library oversight of use) entirely. There is soo much which could be written about both these efforts and this post only scratches the surface of some of the complex issues and relationships affect by them.

The first thing I was curious about was, who is bankrolling these efforts? They list the backers on their websites but I always find it interesting as to who is willing to fund the coders and infrastructure. I looked up both GetFTR and SNSI in the IRS Tax Exempt database as well as the EU Find a Company portal and did not find any results. So I decided to do a little more digging matching WHOIS data in the hopes that something might pop out, nothing interesting came of this so I put it at the very bottom….

It should come as no surprise that Elsevier, Springer Nature, ACS, and Wiley – which previous research has shown are the publishers producing the most research downloaded in the USA from Sci-Hub – are supporting both efforts. Taylor & Francis presumably feels sufficiently threatened such that they are along for the ride….”