Literature Review In A WFH World

Last year proved transformative in the way global business is conducted, with many of the changes that still seemed off on the horizon a few months ago apparently here to stay.

One of these changes is in the way teams organize and collaborate around peer-reviewed literature. The long held scientific tradition of printing thousands of articles or book chapters, marking them up, then letting them disappear into filing cabinets seems to be headed for an abrupt ending. 

A few questions should be asked when designing a new system to manage your team’s scientific information: 

  • Does it require IP/VPN login? 
  • Do I need to download software or other third-party apps? 
  • Do I need to download PDFs of my articles?

Does the system require IP/VPN login?

Many existing library or corporate infrastructures use IP and VPN-based login for services. While this does allow users to remotely access information, it creates an additional barrier that slows the flow of information. In an ideal workflow, all of your researchers will be able to access articles with just a few clicks, no longer relying on external software and tools. This will speed discovery and innovation.

User-based login offers three key benefits:(1) lowering IT liability, (2) storing all of your information via user access accounts, as well as (3) reducing down-time or informational stagnation within a research team.

Do I need to download software or other third-party apps?

While there are many wonderful third-party apps and services out there, the complex information workflow of technical endeavors necessitates a streamlined process for access, organization, and sharing of scientific literature. The goal should be to integrate all of these features in a single, simple, intuitive platform that reduces time spent on searching and organizing, all while increasing time spent on reading and analysis. 

Do I need to download PDFs of my articles?

If you submit regulatory filings or require copyright re-uses for specific purposes such as sending articles outside of your organization, then you may need to download PDFs.

With a cloud-based access solution, all of your searches, articles, and highlights/markups are saved in a secure cloud database, enabling instant, real-time access so you can access your team’s data, anywhere around the globe.

Current solutions at companies rely on complex systems and a hodgepodge of technology to deliver broad literature access. As a technology firm, DeepDyve is a pioneer in creating flexible literature workflow solutions designed for the budget of smaller organizations that need to access a broad range of literature without complicated multicomponent systems hindering their rapid exploration.

DeepDyve’s literature experts are happy to discuss the need for obtaining copyrights or managing articles as part of your overall workflow.

Reading scientific papers is mission critical to researchers the world round; whether they are in the office, on their commute, or relaxing at home. The flexibility of a system designed to meet the needs of the coming years and relied on by companies across the globe might be the answer to finding a turnkey enterprise solution for your literature access needs. DeepDyve has been designed to meet the needs of the modern researcher and research teams. Let us know if you would like to learn more.