Anyway at least I have a theme uniting a bunch of thoughts.
Google Scholar as Research PlatformI don't know when it happened but Google Scholar has upped the ante on its functionality and is horizontally integrating services provided to researchers.
- A web-based citation manager (My Library)
- A quasi research portfolio (a list of your research output that appears in Scholar)
- An alerting service (you get emails when new items match your criteria)
- H5 metrics
All you need for this functionality is a Google Account.
WoS (Wusses Out Speedily)First there wast Thomson Reuter's (TR) announcement last week that they were going integrate Web of Science (WoS) with Google Scholar and simultaneously stop integrating it with the other 'discovery layers' (Summon, Primo and Ebscohost).
TR's email stating that this was all about improving user experience didn't gel with my version of reality and I suspected (wrongly, I assume) that this was an example of Google being evil - that TR had to be exclusive to Google to jump on their bandwagon. But a couple of days of whingeing tweets and blogs and listserv emails (and who knows what unpublic communication) from libraryland and TR announced that it would continue working with the other discovery layers. That the new announcement was so quick seemingly disproves there was any exclusivity agreement with Google - it seems it must have been a business decision to lessen their workload and thus increasing profit - pretty sure no discount would have come had they proceeded with discontinuing DL support.
Anyway, except for some raised blood pressure no harm done. Now we wait and see how Google Scholar uses the WoS data. I'm pretty sure it will still require an institutional subscription for a user to see the data. I assume IP restriction will be used, so citation counts will appear much like our Link Resolver appears if you access Scholar on campus or through EZproxy.
Given that Scholar already has citation counts it may be that WoS will simply replace whatever Scholar is doing to create those counts.
I've submitted a request to RMIT Publishing asking that they work with Scholar to provide some sort of visual indication in the SERP that fulltext is available (it looks like a typical citation only hit - there is no link in the right column to either the link resolver or a URL)
|Informit citation without full text indicator|