When a user lands on an article that is not licensed by the library, Library Alternatives will facilitate alternative routes to full-text including resources licensed by the library and Open Access versions. This prevents users from needlessly paying for expensive articles or needlessly being discouraged from using the article altogether.
We can do this on multiple levels:
- Based on the license information from the link resolver. For example: An article that is not licensed on JSTOR, may be licensed at IEEE. In such cases, the browser extension notifies the user proactively with a link to the site where the article is licensed.
- Based on the availability of Open Access-based: the browser extension informs the user active when an item is otherwise accessible via Open Access.
If no alternative routes to a full-text article are found, it's possible to let the Lean Library browser extension point to the possibility to contact the library for help getting access to the article.