JournalTOCs is pleased to announce that the automated identification of Open Access (OA) articles from hybrid journals has started to work today
This is a highly important development in the efforts being made towards enabling systematic and easy identification of Open Access articles for aggregators, discovery services and A&I providers.
These first results are the product of collaboration between JournalTOCs and more than 10 established commercial forward thinking publishers.
Being able to systematically and consistently identify Open Access articles, regardless where they have been published, has a huge potential for the progress of Open Access and could play a vital role in the success of using the hybrid model to migrate subscription-based titles to full Open Access in a sustainable way for authors, readers, librarians and publishers.
The technology behind this new service is the simple and easy to use TOC RSS feeds. RSS feeds are also relatively easy to implement.
Example showing how an OA article from a hybrid journal is identified by JournalTOCs:
At this stage the OA articles are only identified as such by the OA logo and an orange background. As more publishers implement the <cc:license> and <dc:rights> standard elements in their RSS feeds, we will be able to provide information on the type of CC licence and the copyright holder for each OA article. The information will be obtained by combining the possible implementations of the <cc:license> and <dc:rights> elements: