How to start using the service - for institutions
Who can join?
Publications Router is for institutions with an active programme of research whose authors publish their outputs in research journals. It is currently only available to UK institutions who are full members of Jisc, for whom there is no additional charge.
Which repositories or CRISs can Router work with?
Publications Router is currently interoperable with these platforms:
- Symplectic Elements (when connected via its RT2 module to either EPrints or DSpace).
We are also talking to vendors of other CRIS and research information management platforms to encourage them to develop their products to interoperate with Router.
If you are interested in receiving feeds directly into any of the platforms listed above, do contact us at email@example.com, mentioning Publications Router in your email. We can then help you decide whether Router is right for you, take you through what's involved, answer any questions and give you any further information you'd find helpful.
If you would like feeds into a platform not mentioned here, do also get in touch so that we can update you when Router will work with that system.
What will I receive into my repository or CRIS?
See our current content providers page for a summary of Router's sources, together with what each of them delivers and when.
Publications Router delivers metadata and, if available, article PDF and related files, that populate new records created automatically in your repository or CRIS. The metadata provides most of the key information you will need, including licensing and any embargo end-dates (where applicable) from some providers. Note that Router can only pass on what providers supply, which may differ between providers and individual articles.
Technically, Router sends notifications directly into your repository via the SWORD v2 protocol, available in EPrints v3.3 onwards and DSpace v4.x onwards.
There are two repository types currently receiving Publications Router notifications:
Note that SWORD may require a user account with certain administrative privileges in your repository. So for security reasons, it is strongly recommended that your repository is accessible via HTTPS protocol (which encrypts traffic) rather than HTTP (which does not).
Publications Router is also integrated with the following CRISs via Router’s API:
Your CRIS supplier will configure your CRIS with your institution's Router API Key (provided by us), and it will then be able to retrieve notifications (metadata and article files) that have been matched to your institution.
To use the service, your institution will need to sign an agreement with us. Among other things, for any publishers that supply embargoed full text via Publications Router, you will need to commit to respect the embargo period set out in an embargoed article's metadata. The agreement also sets out the service levels you can expect from us.
Getting the right content for your institution
To enable Router to send you the right notifications - about articles co-authored by your researchers - you'll need complete a spreadsheet setting out some parameters that will enable it to make the right matches. You can download the matching parameters template, which includes instructions for completing it. Please contact us if there is anything you'd like to know more about.
Can we try it out?
If you'd like to see for yourself what information Router can provide for your particular institution, we can usually set you up with a feed into a test instance of your platform (to avoid disturbing your live system). If this sounds interesting, do get in touch so we can take you through how we can set that up.
This sounds interesting - what next?
To find out more, do get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org, mentioning Publications Router in your email. We'll then arrange a call or a webinar to go through this, to answer any questions you might have, and to help you decide whether Publications Router is right for you.