Kopernio for Publishers

What is Kopernio?

Kopernio helps researchers get seamless access to journal subscriptions and OA content. The Kopernio browser extension travels with researchers as they browse the web, intelligently integrating with over 20,000 platforms. Kopernio is trusted by researchers at over 2500 academic institutions.

Benefits for publishers

Kopernio makes publisher content available at the point of researcher need, with three immediate benefits to publishers:

  1. Increasing the reach of high-quality publisher content to thousands of third-party platforms, helping to increase usage and the likelihood of citations of your articles
  2. Improving access to publisher's version of record journal content by transparently handling authentication on behalf of the end-user
  3. Redirecting usage to publisher platforms from across the web, resulting in increased COUNTER compliant downloads for publishers

Improving Version of Record access

As researchers time becomes increasingly fragmented across online platforms it becomes harder for researchers to locate and access high quality publisher content. Search tools often return full-text that is not the publisher's version of record, causing reproducibility issues for researchers and poor user experience. Moreover, this leads to article usage occurring on platforms that are opaque to publishers and libraries.

The Kopernio browser extension travels with researchers online and adds one-click shortcuts direct to high-quality publisher content across thousands of platforms including Google Scholar, PubMed, ResearchGate and institutional repositories.

As users go about their online research workflows, the publisher's version of record is never more than a click away. This ensures that the publisher content is always the most conveniently accessible. Furthermore, publisher downloads faciliated by Kopernio register as regular COUNTER usage, ensuring that downloads can be correctly reported back to libraries.

Kopernio works on thousands of online platforms including the arXiv preprint server. End-user entitlements are automatically discovered and the typeset citable version of record is delivered via the institution's subscriptions — all with one click. Without Kopernio, researchers will often settle for pre-prints not knowing that the published journal article is available.

Increasing content usage

Kopernio redirects users back to the publisher's version of record wherever they are via existing institutional subscriptions. This works when users are both on campus and off-campus. On campus access builds on existing IP authentication systems. Off-campus access connects to existing library authentication infrastructure such as proxies and SSO systems.

By resting on established authentication infrastructure, publisher downloads facilitated via Kopernio are automatically COUNTER compliant, an important factor in subscription renewal considerations.

Simplifying authentication

Repeated (re)-authentication is one of the most common frustrations cited by researchers during their literature searches. This perceived inconvenience leads Many users fail to access their subscriptions at the point of need.

With Kopernio, researchers authenticate against their library on first use. Kopernio then acts as a sophisticated password manager, securely encrypting and storing user credentials within the users browser. Each request for full-text is separately authenticated, ensuring that the publishers are in control of full-text access at the request level.

Kopernio builds on established authentication technologies to facilitate journal article access both on and off campus. End users don't need to worry about implementation specifics such as proxy setup or WAYF flows — authentication is transparently and securely handled in the background by Kopernio on behalf of the user.

Ensuring frictionless access

Kopernio automatically detects end-user entitlements and facilitates one-click access to journal content via established industry authentication systems. As such, there is nothing that publishers strictly need to do in order to benefit from Kopernio.

However, in order to ensure an optimal user experience Kopernio tries to make use of metadata embedded in article pages. It is thus recommended to follow the Dublin Core or similar standards to ensure tags such as dc.identifier and citation_pdf_url are present.

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