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BrowZine and Explorit Everywhere!: Better Together

In a world of Google we are all used to finding via searching. Before Google and the other popular search engines I remember browsing in libraries. I still browse. We all browse, if not in libraries then in bookstores, department stores, gift shops, and more places. Browsing is great when we don’t quite know what we’re looking for but we have some idea. Browsing is great when we find something we like and we wonder what similar things we might like. And, best of all, there’s the thrill when serendipity brings us to an unexpected discovery! Yes, we do browse via Google when we do broad searches and scan the search results. But, I’ll argue that there’s great value in using tools that were designed for browsing. Enter Browzine.

BrowZine touts itself as a “journal engagement platform.” BrowZine is web-based desktop/laptop/mobile service that lets you view journal articles in the context of the entire journal and in the context of journals in similar subjects. The idea is that, if you like a particular journal article, there’s a good chance that you’ll want to peruse other articles in that issue of the journal. BrowZine is the digital version of going to your academic library, picking up a journal you like, scanning the table of contents, and reading an article or three. When you’re done with that journal you might want to scan the other journals on the library shelf and pick up another one to look through. Additionally, BrowZine allows you to build your own personal “Bookshelf” with your favorite titles that you are likely to return to frequently. BrowZine then updates users when titles on their bookshelf have new articles available for them to read. Third Iron, the company behind BrowZine, wants to give researchers the “journal engagement” experience.

Deep Web Technologies (DWT) is proud to be partnering with Third Iron to integrate journal engagement into Explorit Everywhere! This means that we’re making it possible for libraries and other organizations to extend the power of searching to view your results through the lens of BrowZine. Note: Libraries need to subscribe to the BrowZine service to use its features.

Let’s look at an example.

We have a demo of results enhancement with BrowZine at http://browzine.deepwebaccess.com/browzine

If you do a search for neurodegeneration, the first few results look like this:

Note the cover images of the journal issues. Those images are provided via the BrowZine integration. And, note the small icon to the right of the journal titles. It’s the BrowZine logo.

If you click on one of the icons, let’s say the icon with the first result, then you’ll be taken to a BrowZine page that shows you the article in the context of the Neural Regeneration Research journal.

You can click through to the full text to read the article, add the article to a collection in BrowZine’s My Articles, export the citation, or share the article via social media or email. You can also scan the table of contents of that issue for other articles of interest. And, you can switch to other volumes and issues of that journal and browse other content. Note that BrowZine’s personal library and citation export features are separate from and independent of Explorit Everywhere!’s MyLibrary and citation export capability.

I want to take a brief detour to explain why some articles in the demo have BrowZine links and others don’t. BrowZine displays a clickable icon if all three of these conditions are met:

  1. The article has a DOI. Not all journals provide DOIs for articles. And, even journals that do provide DOIs may not have DOIs for old articles.
  2. BrowZine knows about the journal. BrowZine knows about a large number of journals but it doesn’t know about all journals
  3. Your library subscribes to the journal. Libraries give information about their holdings to BrowZine.

In this demo you may land on a page that looks like this when you click the BrowZine icon.

This won’t happen if your organization subscribes to journals. Our demo simulates the behavior of having subscriptions to show how Explorit Everywhere! and BrowZine work together with subscription content.  If you land on this page while using the demo and your library does have subscription access to the journal article then clicking on the link will take you to the journal publisher’s website to view the article.

Note that going through BrowZine to view a journal article is completely optional. You can always click on the article title in the search results and if the article is publicly available or if your library subscribes to that content then you’ll have access to the full-text.

DWT is delighted to be partnering with Third Iron to extend the power of Explorit Everywhere! to our customers to include that nice element of engagement.

You can read about BrowZine at Third Iron. You can learn about Explorit Everywhere! at our website.

Check out Third Iron’s blog post about our partnership!