Frequently asked Questions

Frequently asked Questions

What is a collection?

A collection is a logical grouping of publications, editions, volumes, issues, or articles. For example the NZVA member collection contains all of the publication which NZVA members get as a benefit of membership. A parasitology collection will contain specific publications about parasitology and articles about parasites from a selection of publication.

A list of collections can be viewed from the menu at the top of the page by following Browse >> Collections.  To search within a collection use the advanced search interface

What do the icons mean?

subscribed content - You have access to this material because you or your organisation has purchased a subscription to this material

free trial - You have access to this material because you have been granted this material free of charge. This will usually be part of some promotional offer.

open access content - You have access to this material because this material is open access

peer reviewed - This material is peer reviewed

membership access - You have access to this material because you belong to an organisation that provides access to this content as a benefit of membership

What is open access content?

Open access material is material that is put out into the public domain free-of-charge. see The wikipedia article on open access publishing to understand this more fully.

Is SciQuest OpenURL compliant?

Yes OpenURL is implemented in SciQuest.  Each article page contains a COinS link which can use understood by bibliographic software. SciQuest has and OpenURL resolver for articles it contains; the base URL for the resolver is

How do I subscribe?

Pay us money - you will get access

How do I get access?

Every publication can have different pricing models. In many instances individual articles will be available for purchase. When you visit an article page there will be section at the bottom of the page explaining how you can gain access. Access can be granted through one of the following means;

  • Purchasing a subscription package containing this article
  • Making a one-off purchase of this article
  • By purchasing an entire issue or volume
  • By purchasing the entire publication
  • By becoming a member of an organisation that provides access to it members.

How do I buy just one article

Often, yes you can. Please check the individual article page to determine if the article is for sale the price of the article. Note some articles are not available for sale.

What system is used to run SciQuest?

SciQuest 2.0 is written in PHP using the Drupal framework. The index runs off a java-based system called solr. The system was developed in-house at VetLearn.

What is the history of SciQuest?

SciQuest was the brainchild of Peter Jolly and was first developed back in 2000. A web-based version and CD based version were created. Initially this archive contained the proceedings of the New Zealand Special Interest branches annual conferences, but soon grew into encompass Surveillance, the NZSAP proceedings, proceedings from several international conferences, and the newsletters from several of the NZVA special interest branches, and the complete archive of the Center for Veterinary Education.

In late 2007 it was becoming apparent that the technology was getting old and the maintenance of the system was getting to be an issue.

Development of SciQuest 2.0 was begun using open-source technologies and in 2009 the first public beta was released.

How do I make a feature suggestion or report a bug?

Contact and we take your suggestion on board.

I think I should have access but the system won't let me access the full-text

Contact describing your problem. Please provide your username when submitting a query.

How do I get my content included in SciQuest?

We are always looking at including more content into SciQuest. Contact to discuss