Kopernio vs. Lean Library

Compare and discover for yourself the key differences of Kopernio and Lean Library

 
   
Access Supported browsers Chrome, Firefox and Opera Chrome, Firefox, Opera, IE, Safari - read more
Supported content Both subscription and open access journal articles. Kopernio prioritizes publisher version of record PDFs, falling back on OA alternatives when no subscriptions are available. Partial support for book chapters. Supported subscription resources with open access alternatives.
Supported platforms Integrates with over 20,000 academic websites. One click articles access for PubMed and Google Scholar search results. Google Scholar, PubMed, JSTOR and academic websites where a user has access to via their library subscription
Is it free? Yes, for individual researchers (Kopernio Premium upgrade based on referral) - read more No, requires institutional subscription - read more
One-click PDF access Yes No
Convenience Off-campus subscription access Yes, integrates with existing institutional infrastructure. In most cases already configured, but universities can supply. Yes, initial setup of the institutions proxy required
Open Access articles Yes, uses Unpaywall API and additional processes to access OA content Yes, uses Unpaywall API to access OA content and other sources
PDF storage Yes, PDF cloud storage in Kopernio Locker No
Search paper history Yes, PDFs accessed stored in the Kopernio Locker No
Reference management tool integration Yes, integrates with EndNote, Mendeley and Zotero - read more No
Dropbox sync Yes, when you upgrade to Kopernio Premium No
E-book support Partial, for publisher platforms where book chapters are hosted in same way as journal articles Yes
Paper sharing Yes, Kopernio supports easy sharing within research collaboration groups (as per STM Voluntary principles) - read more No
Paper citations Yes, copy a formatted citation in different styles including MLA and APA No
Curated citation metrics Yes, Web of Science Core Collection citation counts No
Assisted authentication Yes, credentials optionally encrypted and cached in user's local browser - read more No, requires users to reauthenticate when browser session expires
Predatory journal detection Use WOSCC citations to gauge quality of journal No
Library features Library setup No, works with most libraries by default. Libraries can amend as necessary at any time. Library must supply holdings data
ILL/DDS support Yes, via link resolver where available Yes
Customized Library branding Yes Yes
Customized Library communication Yes, via Kopernio Locker Yes, Library Assist - read more
Supported aggregators Yes, via link resolver where available (including EBSCO, Proquest and JSTOR) Via link resolver
EZproxy Yes Yes, if domains list provided by library - useful for non-journal content such as databases
Supported authentication methods Shibboleth, EZProxy, OpenAthens OpenAthens - read more
Two-factor authentication support Yes, multi-factor authentication support for Duo and Okta Unknown
Analytics for libraries Yes, COUNTER compliant Yes

For a more detailed comparison from a librarian perspective please read Aaron Tay's blog post

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Disclaimer

The goal of this comparison is to enable both researchers and librarians to make an informed decision on the best tool to access full-text PDFs of journal articles and save time in doing so. We'd like to keep this comparison objective and are open for feedback and updates where applicable, please reach out to us at [email protected] and we will make sure it's updated as soon as possible.

Latest Update: November 2019