SUGGESTION: FL should start adding resources to its stable based on frequency of citation

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David Paul | Forum Activity | Posted: Thu, Apr 9 2020 3:23 AM

I'm pretty sure I made this suggestion a few years back, but I'm bumping the idea here. I'm speaking for myself, but I think this idea makes a ton of sense. I know that the hyperlinked references and citations in Logos is one of the primary reasons I have a library as large as I do. I don't ever expect to actually read all the books in my library, but when I am researching a topic, I want to follow as many of the citations and references as possible. With this in mind, and since I'm sure others feel the same, I think FL should make a deliberate effort to determine which resources are most often referenced in the Logos system and begin acquiring those resources. I'm just spitballing, but I would suggest that FL add the top 200-500 most frequently ref'd/cited resources to Logos. That would maximize the utility of Logos more than any other acquisitions. Please set this as a goal.

Also, it occurs to me that this project could conceivably give certain publishers the nudge they need to commit to Logos. I know that some journal publishers are committed to the status quo--i.e. JSTOR & their ilk--but JSTOR is positively Neanderthal as far as I'm concerned. Why? Because it doesn't link to my Logos library--it's a MASSIVE CHORE TO ACCESS and an absurd waste of time. If FL could show journal publishers, et al., that there is a giant ready made and motivated purchasing audience based on the references & citations currently in the Logos platform, it might tip the scale in Logos's favor. I will spend thousands for access to these resources in Logos; I won't spend a penny to access through JSTOR or their like.

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David Paul | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Sep 15 2020 4:10 PM

Not sure to what extent, if any, that FL is taking on this suggestion, so I'm bumping the thought and encouraging the effort to maximize the hyperlinking facility in Logos. It would provide the most "bang-for-buck" enhancement of anything FL could do, imo. I don't know what the numbers are, but if Logos has 100-200 of the 300 most cited resources, making a concerted effort to acquire the remaining percentage would provide an excellent return-on-investment for both FL and Logos customers.

Also, FL shouldn't be low-key or bashful about doing this. Trumpet the effort and even create collections based around this purpose. To state the obvious, this idea is essentially the same as the idea for the BDAG Bibliography Expansion sets, except covering the whole stable of Logos offerings.

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Tom Reynolds | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Sep 15 2020 10:30 PM

Great idea ... although adding 100 most cited resources might change the list of top cited resources :)

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Mike Hanes | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Sep 16 2020 7:56 AM

David Paul:

I'm pretty sure I made this suggestion a few years back, but I'm bumping the idea here. I'm speaking for myself, but I think this idea makes a ton of sense. I know that the hyperlinked references and citations in Logos is one of the primary reasons I have a library as large as I do. I don't ever expect to actually read all the books in my library, but when I am researching a topic, I want to follow as many of the citations and references as possible. With this in mind, and since I'm sure others feel the same, I think FL should make a deliberate effort to determine which resources are most often referenced in the Logos system and begin acquiring those resources. I'm just spitballing, but I would suggest that FL add the top 200-500 most frequently ref'd/cited resources to Logos. That would maximize the utility of Logos more than any other acquisitions. Please set this as a goal.

Also, it occurs to me that this project could conceivably give certain publishers the nudge they need to commit to Logos. I know that some journal publishers are committed to the status quo--i.e. JSTOR & their ilk--but JSTOR is positively Neanderthal as far as I'm concerned. Why? Because it doesn't link to my Logos library--it's a MASSIVE CHORE TO ACCESS and an absurd waste of time. If FL could show journal publishers, et al., that there is a giant ready made and motivated purchasing audience based on the references & citations currently in the Logos platform, it might tip the scale in Logos's favor. I will spend thousands for access to these resources in Logos; I won't spend a penny to access through JSTOR or their like.

Good suggestion David, this is something we have been working on. Here are a few of the titles we have been able to bring into Logos recently, we'll keep trying to get the rest.

Commentary on Romans

https://www.logos.com/product/188182/commentary-on-romans

The Pentateuch as Narrative: A Biblical-Theological Commentary

https://www.logos.com/product/189780/the-pentateuch-as-narrative-a-biblical-theological-commentary

Paul: An Outline of His Theology

https://www.logos.com/product/190883/paul-an-outline-of-his-theology

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David Paul | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Sep 16 2020 10:46 AM

Mike Hanes:
Good suggestion David, this is something we have been working on.

Glad to know FL is thinking in this direction. Appreciate the response.

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