January 16, 2022

Qatar University Library Collaborates with Elsevier, Similar to Collab with University of Florida

UPDATED October 10, 2016 In addition to what’s shared in the post below we’ve learned a few additional details about the Elsevier/University of Qatar collaboration. 

1. Qatar University’s QSpace repository uses DSpace technology and a new plug-in for the platform developed by Atmire allowed data and content from the Elsevier API’s to be added with minimal effort.

2. At this point, the embedding of articles directly into entries is unique to the Qatar U. collaboration.


Note: In May, we posted (as did many others) about a pilot project between Elsevier and the University of Florida to “maximize reach, use of University of Florida research articles.” We learned at that time that this was something new for both U. of Florida and Elsevier.

Yesterday, the Gulf Times (a Qatar website) posted about a similar collaboration to do the same type of thing with Qatar University. We’ve asked Elsevier for more info and will update this post if/when it arrives.

From the Article/News Release:

Qatar University Library (QUL) and Elsevier,  have established a collaboration to maximise visibility, impact and dissemination of articles published by QU faculty and researchers.

Through Elsevier’s ScienceDirect APIs, QUL’s institutional repository now receives an automated feed of metadata and abstracts for all articles published by QU authors in Elsevier journals. Embargo-end dates indicating when an article can be made available to the public are also provided to facilitate funding body compliance.

Published versions of the ScienceDirect articles are embedded within QSpace, which means that usage is added to aggregated usage statistics of the articles, which is helpful for authors, QU and Elsevier. It would not be possible to aggregate this usage if different versions of the article existed across multiple platforms.

The embedded ScienceDirect articles are available in full text to all users of QSpace that have access to ScienceDirect, not only those affiliated with QU. Users affiliated with institutions subscribing to ScienceDirect are linked to the full text based on IP recognition by the APIs. In instances where users are not affiliated with a subscribing institution, they see a first page preview of the article and full text articles can be accessed via document delivery services. The automated population of the repository is applicable for both open access and subscription articles.

In addition, QSpace is the first institutional repository to use DSpace plug-ins, which facilitate easy integration of ScienceDirect APIs within a repository.

Dr Imad Bachir, director, QUL, said, “The project addresses several of our library needs, including more easily showcasing research published by our faculty and researchers, facilitating a simplified workflow for users and measuring readership statistics through consistency in use of article metadata. ScienceDirect APIs also facilitate our compliance with funding body policies by providing automatic updates of article embargo data in our repository.”

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.