Platform update: Taylor and Francis online

Taylor and Francis have recently launched a new integrated content platform. Access remains direct on-campus and by university username and password from off-campus. Among a number of enhancements, the upgrade ensures that the platform makes use of ‘responsive’ design techniques to render full-text content to best effect on tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices as well as to the desktop. No changes are have been introduced to the linking syntax on the platform, so deep-link access is unaffected. The library’s customisation features on the new platform have been reviewed and updated.

Taylor and Francis summarise the benefits of the new platform as follows –

  • Intuitive and readable article layout: A new article display organises figures & data, references, citations and article statistics into tabs, plus highlights reader’s access options and the article PDF.
  • Enhanced discoverability: The multi-faceted search makes finding articles and journals simpler and faster, with options to filter by subject, publication date, and access options.
  • Prominent journal branding: Making it easy for readers to identify and access key journals. Journal titles and covers are elevated and Journal pages display related and key content using a streamlined and easy to read new “card” design.
  • A fully responsive design: No matter where in the world the reader is, whether they’re on a mobile device, tablet or computer, they can get straight to the research they need, read it, bookmark it, and download it to their library.
Taylor and Francis - new platform - responsive design

The new Taylor and Francis platform, showing an article display on a smartphone screen

Taylor & Francis Online platform – intermittent technical problems

The Taylor & Francis Online platform is currently experiencing intermittent service problems. T&F report:

Currently, the journal and article page display is inconsistently showing an error message. Please be assured this is being dealt with as quickly as possible.

A further update will follow once this situation is confirmed as resolved.

Studies on Women and Gender Abstracts: linking change

Access details for the Studies on Women and Gender Abstracts service have been updated in Library OneSearch, to deep-link direct to the appropriate section of the Taylor and Francis site. Access remains direct on-campus and by university username and password from off-campus.

Withdrawn resource: Taylor and Francis eBooks

LLR’s subscription to 150+ titles on the Taylor and Francis eBook platform concludes at the end of December. The entry for T&F eBooks in eSearch will be withdrawn and all the individual eBook records will be removed from the Library Catalogue and SFX.

ejournal and eBook records to be added to ‘live’ ALEPH this week

During the course of this week, changes will be made to ‘live’ ALEPH to enable ejournal and eBooks to be made discoverable through the OPAC. There may be some very short interruptions in the OPAC service (lasting only a few seconds) while these changes are enacted. Initially, changes to the look of the OPAC record display (identical to those trialled in ‘test’ ALEPH) will be replicated in ‘live’ ALEPH, and eBook and ejournal records will then be loaded and indexed.

All SFX delivered ejournals and eBrary eBook records should be available through the ‘live’ OPAC by the end of the week, with records for Taylor & Francis, Knovel and other eBook providers available shortly after. Updates will be provided as the process progresses.

New platform: Informaworld Journals

The publishers Taylor & Francis are in the process of amalgamating all of their online content into a single platform: Informaworld. At present, previous access routes to T&F content are being maintained while the new platform is embedded but these are scheduled for withdrawal in due course.

Access to all of the ejournals LLR subscribes to from Taylor & Francis, Routledge, Carfax and Psychology Press has now been enabled in Informaworld via SFX.

Informaworld supports both inbound and outbound OpenURL linking. However, inbound SFX linking is only possible to the journal title rather than the article level – so the boxes for Year, Volume, Issue and Start Page are not presented in the SFX menu (see illustration below), as they have no effect on the ability to ‘drill down’ below the title level directly from an SFX request.

SFX menu for an Informaworld ejournal title

Access is direct on-campus; with an Athens username and password required for off-campus access. Off-campus users need to click on the SIGN IN and then the athens sso links before entering their Athens username and password (see illustration below).

Athens log-in links in Informaworld

Access to full-text ejournal content on Informaworld for which LLR has a subscription may be either Full or Partial.

Where full-text access is available to all of the issues provided by Informaworld, a single icon will display below the bibliographic data indicating that ‘You have ACCESS’ (see illustration below).

Informaworld ejournal with full ACCESS

Where access to full-text content is Partial, the icon beneath the bibliographic data will indicate ‘You have PARTIAL ACCESS’ and an additional ACCESS icon will appear next to each issue for which full-text content is accessible.

Informaworld ejournal with PARTIAL ACCESS

Outbound OpenURL linking is provided through the references section of ejournal articles – when these are presented in .html rather than .pdf format. Clicking on the [your library’s links] link (see illustration below) will generate an SFX menu based on the metadata of the reference. In other words, you can submit a reference from an article straight to SFX to see what services are available from SFX for that material (It is hoped to be able to customise the link text shortly – changing it to Find it @ NTU.)

Outbound OpenURL links in Informaworld

Please be aware that it is currently not possible to search Informaworld remotely through eSearch; and the Informaworld platform is not Cross-Ref enabled (so SFX cannot process DOI requests for Informaworld content directly from Citation Linker).

LLR’s collection of 180 Taylor & Francis eBooks is available through Informaworld as well as through the platform, and future resource discovery options for this content are now being assessed, as part of the wider developments on eBook discovery.