Washington, DC - The American Psychological Association has made it easier for researchers and students to access its journals using their institutional subscriptions even when they are not on campus. This new functionality is the result of a partnership with Google Scholar’s Campus Activated Subscriber Access (CASA) initiative, ensuring users a seamless experience for accessing APA’s scholarly content anytime, anywhere.
CASA is an enhanced authentication service that builds upon Google Scholar’s Subscriber Links service. Without CASA, Subscriber Links in Google Scholar search results are based on IP authentication, resulting in a frustrating user experience for off-campus researchers. With CASA integration, remote researchers have the same Subscriber Links and unrestricted access to APA’s journal content as on-campus researchers, from anywhere in the world.
To take advantage of this new feature, an individual must first access the subscribed content via Google Scholar while on campus. When the user accesses Google Scholar off-campus, Google will remember the user’s affiliation. CASA provides frictionless access to content, eliminating the need for a proxy server or other off-campus authentication systems.
“This new feature facilitates seamless access and encourages usage among researchers on the go or who work remotely,” said APA Chief Publishing Officer Jasper Simons. “APA is pleased to add this feature to our growing suite of researcher tools and services.”