09 August 2006

A Bookmarklet for Offprint Requests

Hi, I'm pleased to share the javascript Bookmarklet I wrote today. A bookmarklet is a small JavaScript program that can be stored as a URL within a bookmark in most popular web browsers, or within hyperlinks on a web page. This bookmarklet invokes a new mail, from thunderbird, filled with a message requesting an offprint request fo an article. The first <a href="mailto:xxx@xxx.xxx"> tag found in the current page is used as the recipient of the mail and the subject is the title of the current page.


Here is the bookmarklet (you have to modify it by editing its properties in order to include your own message...):

Drag this Link: Offprint Request up to your Bookmarks Toolbar.


The bookmarklet was successfully tested on firefox/thunderbird with Bioinformatics: Building chromosome-wide LD maps Bioinformatics 2006 22(16):1933-1934 and NAR SYBR Green real-time telomeric repeat amplification protocol for the rapid quantification of telomerase activity Nucleic Acids Research, 2002, Vol. 31, No. 2 e3.

Example of mail generated from the previous paper from NAR:

From: me
To: xxxx@ucdavis.xxx
Subject: [offprint request] SYBR Green real-time telomeric repeat amplification protocol for the rapid quantification of telomerase activity -- Wege et al. 31 (2): e3 -- Nucleic Acids Research

Hi,
my name is Bruce Banner, I'm a nuclear physicist working on gamma radiations at Los-Alamos. Your recent paper titled

"SYBR Green real-time telomeric repeat amplification protocol for the rapid quantification of telomerase activity -- Wege et al. 31 (2): e3 -- Nucleic Acids Research"

caught my attention.
Would it be possible for you to forward me a PDF copy ? I thank you in advance.

Best Regards.

B. Banner

--
Bruce Banner PhD.
Gamma Radiation Laboratory
Los Alamos
http://www.marvel.com/universe/Hulk


3 comments:

alf said...

Nice one - I'd thought about doing this for a while. Can you let us know how responsive people are? Also, maybe the email could ask whether the paper is already available through an instituional repository...

Anonymous said...

Cool. This is the sort of service I think should be wrapped in OpenURL resolvers. --Eric Lease Morgan

bala said...

A very nifty feature.Thanks.