The new year is upon us and everyone is talking about Discoverability – in 2016, it was a thematic track in several industry conferences and seemed a hot topic of conversation in various ListServs, and there is a CIBER meeting on discovery in London on 18th January. So, to keep on trend, we have anticipated the discussions in the dedicated January issue on key aspects of scholarly content discovery.
The issue comprises a wealth of articles starting with the habits of researchers: the first article from the Beyond Downloads project looks at the sharing habits of researchers, and the first article of the multi-year Harbingers projects investigates how early career researchers find information.
Case studies of how we might respond to these evolving discovery and usage trends come from development of Cambridge Core and the redesign of University of Sussex library’s search tool. The issue includes articles on the role of the library and the integration of discovery systems and the role of the publisher in optimising library discovery. We also look at how the humble PDF can be adapted to increase discovery, why OUP appointed a Discoverability Associate, and whose role it is to raise awareness of articles.
And finally, to provide some grounding for the entire subject, we have a review of the key publications on scholarly content discovery, and a brief history of NISO’s Open Discovery Initiative.
It is a bumper issue on a hot topic, and a great way to start the new year.
North American Editor
Learned Publishing Volume 30 No 1 January 2016
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Pathways to a new way of working: Discoverability
By Lettie Y. Conrad
No scholar is an island: The impact of sharing in the work life of scholars
By Carol Tenopir, Suzie Allard, Lisa Christian, Robert Anderson, Suzan Ali-Saleh, Dave Nicholas,
Anthony Watkinson and Hazel Woodward
Where and how early career researchers find scholarly information
By David Nicholas, Cherifa Boukacem-Zeghmouri, Blanca Rodríguez-Bravo, Jie Xu, Anthony Watkinson, A. Abrizah, Eti Herman and Marzena Świgoń
Headlines from the discovery files: Key publications on scholarly content discoverability
By Lettie Y. Conrad
‘Finding’ and ‘discovering’: How understanding researchers’ search and discovery behaviour informed the building of Cambridge Core
By Nisha Doshi
A brief history of the Open Discovery Initiative
By Kenneth J. Varnum
Building discovery relationships and expertise at Oxford University Press
By Abigail Wickes
Evidence-based design for discoverability: A case study
By Andrea Fallas and Suzanne Tatham
Closing the PDF gap: ReadCube’s experiments in reader-focused design
By Alex Hodgson and Lucas Schlager
Should publishers work with library discovery technologies and what can they do?
By Julie Zhu
Full discovery: What is the publisher’s role?
By John G. Dove
Discovery systems: Are they now the library?
By John Akeroyd
Creating impact resonance through a culture of Holistic Discoverability
By David Sommer