Sunday, 31 May 2015


For parents and others

A besetting problem for almost everyone wishing to read academic and scientific articles on Conductive Education – almost everyone that is who does not work for a university or other such institutions  is that so many journals protect their contents behind a 'pay wall'.

If you do not have access to an institution that will pay this fee for you, it can cost up to US $ 30.00 to read a single article, effectively excluding most people from the knowledge, good or bad, that might be found there

The good news

As far as medical journals are concerned, the today's good news is that SNJ (Special Needs Jungle) has linked up with patientINFORM to cut through what for most of us is an impassible barrier:

  • To use this service, which is free, you have first to register with SNJ (this is simple enough, I have managed it:
  • Registering with SNJ is not restricted to people in any one country. Nor is use of this service restricted to parents.
  • Once you have registered you can log in and select the button to request research. Then fill in the form that you find, giving the title of the journal and the article that you require, and your details. Submit it.
  • When (and if) SNJ finds what you are looking for it will add the summary and link to a special page. The research link will then be available to all its readers.
This new service will be live to try out from Monday morning. There is an online help facility if things do not go right.

The bad news

What is patientINFORM?
[It] brings together the publishers of the world’s leading medical journals and the health organisations to provide patients and their caregivers with access to some of the most up-to-date, reliable and important research available about the diagnosis and treatment of specific diseases.
if you are looking for items in educational and other social-science journals, you might be disappointed. Even so, much of the academic writing and research concerning Conductive Education (such as there is) has appeared in medical journals and should therefore be accessible through this service.

Try it for yourself from Monday. 



Anonymous Andrew Sutton said...

Indefatigable librarian Gill Maguire was the first to contact this service this morning, in order to test it out.

She will report back on how she gets on.

Watch her space:

Monday, 1 June 2015 at 18:13:00 BST  

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