OverviewPubGet is a free online tool for the life sciences which facilitates obtaining full-text PDFs. It was recently brought to my attention after I posted about using Google Scholar as a tool to facilitate obtaining journal articles.
Evaluation of PubGet
CoverageTo what extent does PubGet display the PDF when my University has access to the PDF? To evaluate the usefulness of PubGet I assessed whether it provided PDF access to a set of journals for which I knew my university (University of Melbourne) had a subscription. The following were the results:
|Journal||Abstract Shows||PDF Shows|
|Journal of Applied Psychology||Yes||No|
|Psychological Science||Yes||No: Cookie problems|
|Personality and Individual Differences||Yes||Yes|
|Australian Psychologist||Yes||No: Cookie problems|
|Administrative Science Quarterly||only up to 2005||No|
Citation ExportingPubGet exports in RIS format. I could drag and drop this file into an instance of JabRef and import the citation.
RSS supportIt facilitates the easy creation of RSS feeds related to search queries.
ConclusionCoverage: Apparent reliance on PubMed means that many of the journals that interest me in business and statistics are not covered.
Institutional Integration: At present, the facility to directly access PDFs is not particularly good for my needs.
Conclusion: PubGet has some nice features and great potential. For researchers in the life sciences it represents a great option. If you know the journal is covered, it's a good means of accessing the full-text. However, for me, I will persist with my previously outlined Google Scholar Strategy for now.