LibKey Nomad Technical FAQ



When will LibKey Nomad be released?

LibKey is schedule for release to all Third Iron Complete and LibKey Suite customers in the summer of 2019.  Exact release date will be updated here as it comes into focus.

Do libraries need to do anything to activate Nomad?

Provided your library has a Third Iron Complete or LibKey Suite subscription, LibKey Nomad will be turned on automatically.  However, to make the most of the service, we highly recommend libraries register their link resolver (or configure an email option) so that the "Access Options" content type can be activated.  This allows Nomad to connect the user to your link resolver/ILL/Document Delivery system when it comes across an article the user is interested in not in your holdings.  You can fill out that form here:

What browsers will Third Iron support for LibKey Nomad?

LibKey Nomad supports Chrome, version 76.x and newer, the world's most popular browser.  Other browsers may be supported in the future as user interest and market size warrants.

What browsers might LibKey Nomad work on and which are not officially supported by Third Iron?
In theory, any browser built on the Chromium technology should be compatible with LibKey Nomad including browsers like the privacy conscious Brave and Microsoft's latest version of its Edge browser (in beta).  However, because installation in these bleeding-edge browsers is not for everyone and will not be supported by Third Iron support.  

How do you install Nomad?

LibKey Nomad is a browser extension which means you install it via the Chrome store.  A direct link to install it will be provided here as well as on our LibKey Nomad home page when it is available for download.  Installing and setup is quick and easy.  Simply download and install the extension, choose your supported institution and you are all set.

Do you need to create an account to use Nomad?

No!  Nomad, like all of Third Iron technologies, is very privacy minded.  There are no user accounts to create, the extension does not ask for or store your institutional user credentials and we do not run our scripts on any webpages other than those that are publisher pages as well as a few select domains such as PubMed and Wikipedia which have unique enhancements for each site.

How does Nomad function on publisher pages?

Nomad works similarly to other Nomad technologies and uses the lightning fast LibKey API to perform its magic.  When a scholarly publisher page loads, we quickly look for the DOI of the article, compare it to your institutions holdings data and determine if we you have a PDF available, a link to the article or if we don't think you have immediate access so may need request the article from your institution in which case a link resolver or similar link is created.  Additionally, we also check on the status of the article to see if it either from an Open Access journal or perhaps if the library does not subscribe to the title, if the article itself is open access within a hybrid journal from the publisher or even if an accepted manuscript is available in a repository.  We utilize the unpaywall data set to aid with this process.  

In accordance with this flow chart then, we present one of several possibilities to the user to resolve to the content:



Ultimately, the best available is the one that is presented for the user and all of of this happens in a fraction of a second thus presenting new impedance to the researcher workflow.

Here is a detailed description of what each of these labels means:

Download PDF - In a single click, the user should either see a PDF on their screen or be prompted to download a PDF immediately.  If authentication is required for the user, they will be prompted to sign in, turn on their VPN, etc as required.  The PDF document is either coming directly from the publisher or is the publisher's version (according to unpaywall data) but held in a repository such as PubMed Central, EuroPMC or a university repository.

Article Link - The same as the above with the exception that the user will NOT see a PDF, they will see a web page which either has the full text in HTML or also has the PDF, but one more link is required to access it.

Manuscript PDF - The article has been found in the form of an Accepted Manuscript in a repository.  While the content has been peer-reviewed it is unlikely to be formatted for publishing so may appear as an unformatted Word Document, etc.  These documents never require authentication.

Manuscript Link - Same as the above, except one more click is required to get to the PDF, if the PDF is even available.  No authentication is required.

Access Options... - This is an optional feature which requires the completion of the Access Options form.  If the form is not complete for a library, this option is simply not shown for users (no button will appear at all).  Most commonly, the library's link resolver will be able to be linked here, but we can also support unmediated/mediated document delivery instead, generating a link with the metadata to a specific address, etc. to suit the local institutional preference.

How does Nomad function with PubMed?




With Nomad installed, for the first time clinicians and researchers are able to download articles directly from the search results screen in PubMed!  LibKey presents in-line links as well as the ability to view articles "in context" within BrowZine, helping to launch them into a serendipitous discovery journey to similar articles from the same journal.  Further, LibKey also brings in the massive 22,000+ journal cover image archive to enhance the pubmed result page allowing popular journals like NEJM, BMJ, JAMA and others to jump out in the search results to help researchers better filter their search results.

The same button names and behaviors as described in detail in the publishers section above (Download PDF, Article Link, etc.).

New PubMed Platform Coming in September 2019 (Presently "PubMed Labs")!
NLM has announced that their new version of PubMed should be ready in September 2019 but it will not be put "into production" until January 2020 and thus the legacy version of PubMed will continue to be the default for most libraries until the end of 2019.

Nonetheless, Third Iron is working on creating a similar enhancement and integration to the new PubMed UI that will be available this Fall as an update to LibKey Nomad!

How does Nomad function within Wikipedia?

Wikipedia has proven to be a powerful tool for students and researchers alike to get quickly affiliated with a topic.  But more importantly, it can serve as a springboard to primary source content due to many scholarly topics containing numerous (in some cases hundreds!) of links to scholarly sources.  The downside is all of these sources are just DOI links, meaning authentication and proper entitlements (i.e. the library gets this article from EBSCO, not Springer) is up to the user to navigate making the use of these sources much more difficult if not impossible for most users to navigate.

LibKey Nomad intelligently picks these sources out and builds the correct links for the user in a dynamic fashion!





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