Yesterday I started following links and ended up at the supplementary material for the article “Evaluating Big Deal Journal Bundles“, which reminded me that I want to read it in full. And while PNAS has OA content, the thing I want is not yet available. So I wrestled with our discovery layer for a while, realized it was never going to find an “early access” article indexed there, and submitted an ILL request by filling out the Illiad form manually.
Today, I got one of our standard ILL replies from our Collection Building staff. As I started reading, and saw that they cancelled my request, I thought, “Damn, did they miss the embargo?” but I should have more faith in my staff.
A request you have placed:
Title: Evaluating big deal journal bundles
Author: Theodore C. Bergstrom Paul N. Courant R. Preston McAfee, and Michael A. Williams
Journal: PNAS, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
has been cancelled by the SUNY Potsdam Interlibrary Loan staff for the following reason:
Article is available on the web.
It can be found online with a “Google Scholar” search for the article title. Please see the library’s Reference Desk for assistance.
I have included a link to the article.
Because, hey, look at that. Turns out the primary author has it up on his website, and Google Scholar has indexed it.**
The takeaway? My very expensive discovery layer that gives access to our very expensive databases which we purchase in a Big Deal model cannot find this early access article in a reputable journal, but a library employee with access to Google can find the author’s archived copy of this article about the cost of the journal Big Deals, and thereby found the website in which much of Bergstrom’s supplementary material is also housed. And it probably took her less time to find it than it took me to fail.
Nah. Nothing’s broken here.
**I am not including the link, because it appears that while Bergstrom has put the .pdf on his website, he doesn’t appear to have actually linked it openly, so I don’t want to then openly drive traffic to something he may or may not yet have legal rights to post publicly. Google, however, has no such scruples. Do what you will with that knowledge, if you’re looking to read this thing. [Edited to add: I take it back; I didn’t read closely enough. It’s here. Go for it.]