Integration with Summon

For those of you who’ve added journal articles to MyReading from Summon, the recent upgrade has thrown a tiny spanner in the works — the new “Direct Linking” feature links directly from Summon to the article, and bypasses the link resolver page which has the “add this to MyReading” link.

So, I’ve decided to bring forward something that I’ve had on the development back burner for a few months now…

Adding Items Directly from Summon

This is currently being beta-tested, so you won’t necessarily see it when you use Summon yourself, but the aim is to add a “MyReading” button next to every result…

…clicking on the button brings the reference information across into MyReading…

…so that you can add it to a reading list…

At this point, the reference in the reading list is now linked to the result in Summon, which means we can bring in extra functionality, including:

  • the abstract for the article
  • the URL Summon uses for “Direct Linking”
  • subject terms (which link back out to Summon)

For articles with DOIs, I’ve retrospectively linked them up to the corresponding Summon result, so you may find that abstracts and subject terms have appeared for some of the references on your lists — here’s an example

If you’d like to help test this new functionality, please get in touch (!

Update: 29/Nov/2011

The “add from Summon” feature is still being beta tested, but should now be available to everyone who has been given editing rights on MyReading…

…the “add to MyReading” link currently only appears if you use the “search Summon” link from your My Lists page, but we’re hoping it will soon be available if you go to Summon directly.


Support for adding UniTube off-air recordings has been added to MyReading, with two new item reference types:

  • audio (UniTube) for radio broadcasts
  • video (UniTube) for TV broadcasts

For more info, see the MyReading documentation on iPark.

If you include the embed code from UniTube (go to Options > Share > Embed Code), then the programme will play from within the reading list:

As well as off-air recordings, you could easily include other recordings, such as lecture captures:

Finally, here’s a couple of examples:

Project Update

A big update this time, as the pages and workflow for adding items to reading lists have been fully revamped.

As part of the change, we’re starting to add user documentation to iPark:

Adding Items to Lists

The changes include…

  • all of the screens for adding new items have been revamped and given a common “look & feel”
  • items don’t need to be added to a list straight away and will remain listed on your “My Lists” page until they’ve been added to a list…
  • you can now add multiple items to multiple lists at the same time
  • if you manage a large number of reading lists (50+), you can now select multiple “working lists”
  • items you’ve recently added to lists now appear on your “My Lists” page…

The ability to queue references (so that you can add them to a list at a later date) will make it easier to add future support for importing items from reference management software.

List/Item History

You can now view a “history” for lists and items, so you can see details of all the changes made to them…