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The Poultry Science Association (PSA) made the transition of a subscription-based journal model to an Open Access (OA) format in January 2020. Along with making poultry science research more accessible to everyone, there are also changes that may seem unfamiliar to users. The purpose of this article is to share some of the navigational differences within ScienceDirect (Elsevier’s Open Access platform for reading Poultry Science® and The Journal of Applied Poultry Research).
Is there a cost to read papers within PSA’s journals published by Elsevier?
No. Open Access provides all published works in both of PSA’s journals to read free of charge. This free to read feature is one of the many benefits for PSA’s transition to and OA format.
Do I have to create an account to read papers for free?
No. Although an account is encouraged for some of the advanced settings (outlined below) within ScienceDirect, you can simply exit the login/sign-up prompt and continue reading or downloading a paper.
Are past issues of PSA journals available on ScienceDirect?
Why can I not login to the PSA Website to access the Journals?
Poultry Science® and The Journal of Applied Poultry Research are not archived on the PSA website. Additionally, as mentioned above, you do not need to have a login in order to access the journals.
When you click the access links to either Poultry Science® and The Journal of Applied Poultry Research, you will see the following landing page (for this tutorial, we are navigating Poultry Science®).
At first, your instinct may be to use the Magnifying glass at the upper right highlighted by the red circle. DO NOT use this search. Performing a search in this area of the page will search the entire ScienceDirect website and not specifically the PSA journal you have navigated to.
To search the journal, in this case Poultry Science®, you need to search through the option at the bottom of the page highlighted in the green circle reading “Search in this journal”. This search function will only search the journal you have navigated to.
If you are looking to perform a more advanced search (look within a specific year, author, keywords, etc.) you would benefit from the Advanced Search option. To use the advanced search, you’ll want to click the option directly below the regular search within the journal (see image below)
Once on the advanced search screen you will be able to drill down to specific search criteria including:
*Please note that the “Show All Fields” option will display additional search criteria.
For additional details on performing an advanced search in ScienceDirect, you can refer to Elsevier’s online tutorial on advanced searches. Please note that the online video tutorial by Elsevier is for overall advanced searches within ScienceDirect and is not specific to Poultry Science® and The Journal of Applied Poultry Research. Specifics to PSA journals are outlined in the above text and screenshots.
The Outline gives the reader quick links to different sections of the paper. By clicking these, you will be navigated to that section.
Download PDF (left side of screenshot below) allows you to download the PDF version of a given paper. When clicked, you will be navigated to a new window (right side of screenshot below) and at the top right, there will be a down arrow that will begin downloading the PDF when clicked.
Share will allow you to send the article in an email or post to your social media profile pages.
Export (easy Citations) gives you the option to export the paper as a reference through several options including citation to text.
Recommended Articles provides articles similar to the paper for the page you are currently viewing. Citing Articles will list all of the papers that have used the given paper as a reference within that paper’s research. This section allows for further reading and connections between papers.
An account within ScienceDirect will generate article and topic suggestions for you based on your previous search criteria and alerts that you have set up. These are the main benefits of setting up an account. If you do not wish to partake in these benefits, you may still read and access papers without an account for free of charge.
Recommendations are automatically created based on your previous searches and article page views. If you do not wish to receive recommendations any longer, you can select the unsubscribe option at the bottom of any email recommendations message sent to you from Science Direct OR you can go to your profile, select “My Recommendations”, select preferences, and switch the option to off.
Alerts notify you when specific searches or journals have new content. These are different from recommendations in that they are set up by you specifically for content you are interested in staying up to date about.
Alert by Journal
To set an alert for a specific journal, you can do that from the journal’s landing page. Just select the “Set Up Journal Alerts” option (shown in the screenshot below on the left side) which will open the pop-up box on the right side of the screenshot below. Table of Contents refers to an alert when the table of contents for a new issue is available and Articles in Press refers to the latest research articles when they are available online from this journal. Articles in Press is the suggested alert to subscribe to.
Alert by Search
The alert by search feature gives you the ability to narrow down alerts based on specific keywords, authors, etc. The advanced search below (for how to execute an advanced search, see above) for Angel Wing, in Poultry Science® from the years 2000-2019. Although the year criteria would not generate new results, this search could still be saved as a Search Alert by clicking “Set Search Alert” in the upper left of the left side screenshot below. Selecting that option opens the pop-up window in the right side of the below screenshot where you will name the alert and be able to set the frequency for how often you receive this type of alert. Click save and your alerts will begin.