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Frequently Asked Questions

Why has EarthDoc been upgraded to a new site?
The EarthDoc platform has been renewed to give all visitors the best possible user experience. With this in mind we are upgrading our platform to offer a crisp and uncluttered look and feel using responsive design to deliver a great user experience on all devices.

Can I still use the old version?
Yes, the old platform will be online for some time at https://old.earthdoc.org

What can I find on EarthDoc
Conference proceedings from EAGE events and the events of certain associated societies. Papers from EAGE range of academic journals and First Break.

How do I login to EarthDoc?
You can login into EarthDoc by going to the right-hand upper corner of any EarthDoc page and signing in via MyEAGE.

How do I access the EarthDoc content?
To access content on EarthDoc you need to become a member of EAGE. EAGE membership will grant you access to the most recent EarthDoc material, the ability to download abstracts and read full articles online. The entire database can then be purchased at an additional cost. However everyone can use the search, read abstracts and read the open access articles.

How do I search EarthDoc
Quick search (available from the navigation bar at the top of each page), allows the user to enter keywords which will search article titles, keywords, abstracts, full texts, authors, ISSNs and DOIs.

How do I use the advance search?
The 'Advanced Search’, which is also accessed from the top navigation bar, provides the user individual fields for searching for an author, for keywords that exist in the title of an article, its abstract, or for a publication title, ISSN, ISBN or DOI. The keyword field allows you to choose whether to search for all of the keywords, some of them or for an exact phrase. You can then limit the search by content type or date and control how the results are sorted – the default is by relevance but you can also sort them by recency or alphabetically. Once the search results are displayed, you can filter the search by a range of criteria, such as publication date, content type or subject category. If you select any of these filters, then the listing will change to show the items you’ve selected. You can choose how many results are displayed and how they are sorted (e.g. by relevance or by date). There are also options to either change your search terms or to apply additional terms through the 'Advanced Search' page.
Refining a search can be done using a mixture of Boolean operators, quotation marks, as asterisks. For example:

Search for exact phrases, 'Advanced imaging solutions' would give you results will give you results where these words appear together.
Applying Boolean operators with two or more phrases will restrict the search.
Use asterisks to create wildcard searches. So tomogr* will return results containing tomographic, tomography, etc.

Can I save searches?
Yes. Whenever you conduct a search, when you are logged in you will see an option to ‘Save this search’ (in the right hand column under Tools). Clicking on this link will take you to the searches part of your ‘My Account’. Under the tab ‘Search history’, select the checkbox next to your recent search, choose from the dropdown where you want to save the search (as an individual item or a new folder) and click ‘Go’. This will save the search into the Saved Searches tab.

All searches that are conducted within a particular session are also stored in the Search history, which you can find under 'My Account'. You can permanently save any searches from the history as well as creating alerts from them.

You can also create an email alert to be notified when new content relevant to your search becomes available.

How do I find conference proceedings?
You can find the conference proceedings using the dropdown menu on the top right hand corner of the screen. Take a look at this video to see how it works: https://youtu.be/G3WncjQ4qY8

How do I find the journals?
You can find the journals using the dropdown menu on the top right hand corner of the screen. Take a look at this video to see how it works: https://youtu.be/G3WncjQ4qY8

What are collections?
The collections functionality in the new EarthDoc database is under development for PHASE 2 of our database development plan. We will keep you updated as we move along.

I can't find the conference sessions
Sessions are not included in the current version of EarthDoc, but we have planned to include this in a future update early 2020.

What is Open Access?
Open Access articles are open to all users of the site. The authors have paid a fee for this to the publisher of the article.

What are free articles?
Free articles are articles that are free to access for all users, and have been made freely available by the publisher.

Will there be any changes to DOIs?
All DOIs will remain the same. We will reregister our DOIs with Crossref to point to the URLs on the new platform.

What does ‘share’ mean and how do I use it?
At the right hand side of the website, are links to a range of social networking websites. These sites allow you to share pages that you find interesting with your colleagues and contacts. All of these sites are free to use but do require you to register. Once you have registered you can begin sharing links. When you hover on the logo for a social network, a pop-up will appear that enables you to sign in to the third-party site (if you're not already signed in), and then share the link.

What are my favourites and how do I use them?
Favourites are a personalised list of all the things you have found interesting and would like to come back to for future reference, or would like to consider purchasing at a later point. A favourites list will be created for you at the point where you register on the site. To add items, browse the site and when you find something you'd like to add, click the "Add to favourites" button, which you'll find under the 'Add to Cart' button on the right-hand side of each product information page.

What type of email alerts are available?
You can create alerts to be notified when new content is added to the site and when new content is added to a title e.g. a new article alert. You can also create alerts around particular searches for when new content is later added that is relevant to your search query.

Can I access without becoming an EAGE Member?

Yes! You can fully search the database and open access articles. It may be that your institution/university also has a subscription to EarthDoc, whoch would give yoiu complete access to the entire database. Ask your institutional librarian about EarthDoc.

What do the blue access icons in front of titles mean?
S: Titles Subscribed To
OA: Open Access Content
T: Free Trial Content
F: Free Content

How do I know what I have access to?
You can check the journals and archives you have subscribed to in your EAGE membership invoice.

How can I purchase an individual paper?
You can purchase individual papers by searching for the paper and clicking the 'Buy This Article' button. This will add the paper to your cart, where you can checkout and pay.

What is ORCID?
Unique ID that links to the authors profile on orcid.org

Can I download the figures of a paper?
If you have EAGE membership or your institution is subscribed, you may download the figures of the content you have access to. To do this, first open an issue, and then click the download button on the right hand upper side of your screen. This will download a power point file to you harddrive with all figures in the document.

How do I download to a Citation Manager?
We provide a simple and direct method of acquiring article citations and importing into personal bibliographic management software such as EndNote, etc. On the right hand side of the website under Tools, you can find the 'Export Citation'-button, which you can use to download the various citation files.

What is 'recommend to library'?
Using this form you can send a standardized email to your institutional librarian or information manager to request access to the content.

What are metrics?
Statistics on paper access by all users.

If I order a paper do I retain access later?
Yes, your orders will be stored under 'my profile' and you will always have access to it.

What formats are the articles on EarthDoc in?
All articles are available as PDF for download, and papers published after 2014 are also available as Full Text to read online.

Which browsers are supported on EarthDoc?
We support current versions of the following browsers on Windows, Macintosh, Android and iOS platforms:
Internet Explorer / Edge
Firefox (Mozilla)
Safari
Google Chrome

All pages function appropriately using any of the browsers referenced above. Please keep in mind that no two browsers (or two versions of the same browser) will display pages the same way.


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