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The following is an update on the roadmap items that we announced in the last Client Spotlight.


Report Builder – Q3 2018

Article level detail and unauthenticated usage data: This work has taken a bit longer than we anticipated, but we expect to complete in this Quarter.

COUNTER 5 – January 1, 2019

We are committed to supporting COUNTER 5 by January 1, 2019. As it turns out, the specification has many similarities with the structure that we created for our usage Report Builder. The new COUNTER 5 specification requires a single large Master Report with the ability to configure it for different specific cases. As a result, we expect support for COUNTER 5 to be straightforward for PubFactory. This is still on track for delivery by the end of 2018.


Discovery continues to be one of the most important areas of investment for the PubFactory platform. At this point, there are a number of issues with Google Scholar and their metadata requirements that we are responding to.

Google/Google Scholar Support – Q2 2018

Google Scholar has several features that have the potential to significantly improve the discoverability of your online content. Many of these require approval from you, the publisher. Please discuss with your Project Manager which of these items you would be interested in having active support for through PubFactory.

Subscriber Links – If your institutional account subscription data is provided to Google
Scholar, full text links can be provided to users who are within the appropriate IP ranges. This is arguably a nice feature, but the real benefit is that Google Scholar is seeing a 30-40% increase in click-throughs on results with full text links. If you have concerns about providing this data to Google Scholar, you should know that over 200 publishers have already decided to do this.

If you’d like to better understand the costs vs. benefits of Subscriber Links, please discuss with your Project Manager.

NOTE: There is a small platform maintenance charge to support this.

Mobile – Q3 2018

Sheridan has made the decision to end-of-life its native mobile application. Consequently, we will NOT be integrating it into PubFactory. Usage of our responsive templates has been resoundingly positive, so we are proceeding with mobile optimized websites without inclusion of a native mobile app.

In addition, we will be building our own version of off-campus mobile support. We will approach it in a similar way to Google Scholar’s CASA support, but it will not require integration with Google Scholar and it will work for all publishers hosted on PubFactory. Technically, this is a much simpler enhancement without the Google Scholar integration. We may decide to add full CASA support at a later date if there is an obvious reason to do so.

Target delivery date: Q3 of 2018.