Continuing access to electronic journals through integrating LOCKSS and SFX

I have started to add links to electronic journals archived in our LOCKSS Digital Preservation service to our SFX 3 OpenURL Resolver. There are 9 titles at the time of writing, but more will be added shortly. You can check on the progress so far by looking up LOCKSS in the Journals A-Z Locate tab.

The LOCKSS content is restricted to on-campus users. Of the material activated so far two publishers have been drawn in. One is the Open Access publisher Hindawi, the other the commercial company Emerald. It is particularly encouraging to be able to guarantee Emerald publications through LOCKSS, as journals from this publisher were the first to move to electronic only access at De Montfort University.

The Journals A-Z list is only one way of accessing journal content. Most users are looking through the results of searches done on the various databases available through library subscriptions. Most of these are set up to be aware of the OpenURL Resolver, most visibly through the ‘Find it @ DMU’ buttons alongside the citations in the search results. For example:

S. Counsell, R. M. Hierons, H. Hamza, S. Black, and M. Durrand, “Exploring the Eradication of Code Smells: An Empirical and Theoretical Perspective,” Advances in Software Engineering, vol. 2010, Article ID 820103, 12 pages, 2010. doi:10.1155/2010/820103


LOCKSS is here acting as a proxy service, supplying the content from the publisher where that is still up and running, but from its own archive if the publisher for any reason was unable to supply the article. Either way, as LOCKSS has archived the HTML and associated files, students and staff using the material should not notice much of a difference.

About Philip Adams

Senior Assistant Librarian at De Montfort University. I am interested in digital preservation and the use of data to measure a library's impact. All comments own.
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