By Kurt Sanford, CEO
ProQuest is enabling the full text of its scholarly journal content to be indexed in Google Scholar, improving discovery and research outcomes. Our goal is that by the third quarter of 2015, users starting their research in Google Scholar will be able to access full text via ProQuest.
ProQuest has rich, vast content that advances the work of researchers, scholars and students. Respecting the different ways researchers and librarians choose to conduct their research is essential to ensuring that content is simple to discover and use. We know Google Scholar is a popular starting point for researchers of all kinds. Our teamwork with Google will enable these patrons to be automatically recognized as authenticated ProQuest users and seamlessly link to their ProQuest collections, where they can connect with full-text scholarly content.
Discovery has always played an integral part of ProQuest’s quest to drive better outcomes for libraries and their users. For example, in 2009, ProQuest pioneered Summon®, the first academic discovery product to deliver comprehensive, absolutely neutral, and truly relevance-ranked search results from a single index that treats each record identically – no matter the source. More recently we've teamed on large-scale discovery agreements with OCLC (announced in 2013, and live in market last year) and with Ex Libris – announced last year and well underway. ProQuest consistently meets or exceeds discovery standards and we intend to continue on that path, improving our technology and expanding the scope of our collaborations.
These are steps in a larger mission that ProQuest has to support choice for libraries and their patrons. While ProQuest aims to be among the leaders in a movement of vendor cooperation, we are not alone. We applaud all the members of our industry who are taking steps toward the kind of teamwork that breaks down barriers to content, and enables services from different sources to work together.
For many, these are uncharted waters to navigate. Collaborative projects take time, flexibility, and a willingness to look beyond one’s own business models and individual interests. It means respecting the unique structures and technologies of competitors, looking for compromises and innovations that enable content to flourish in new environments. Hard work? YES, but the pay-off is bigger: we can help to build a far more responsive information universe for libraries and their researchers and patrons.
In short, we see the road ahead as one that involves collaboration and a shared purpose of advancing scholarly research. As always, we value your feedback and ideas as we forge ahead.