Philsci-Archive User Documentation
Browsing is a good way to access documents if you don't have a specific idea of what you're looking for. There are three ways to browse the repository, by subject, by year and by conference/volume.
To browse the repository either select Browse from the front page or from the navigation bar at the top of the screen. Then choose which property you wish to browse by eg. "subject".
You will be presented with a list of possible values, select one of these, and you will be given a list of references to documents in the repository (if any) which match this value. To access a paper, simply click on its reference in the display.
On the abstract page, you should be able to see what subjects are pertinent to the current document. Clicking on one of those subjects will take you back to the relevant browse by subject view.
The repository offers two levels of searching, simple and advanced. They are similar, but the advanced form lets you perform a finer-grained search using more fields. Access the simple search using the Search the Repository link on the front page, or using the navigation bar at the top of the screen. To perform an advanced search, use the advanced search link at the top of the simple search page.
Text Search Fields
These are used to search fields like abstract or author. These are the fields where there is a text entry area, and a popup menu just to the right of it. Type your search terms into the box. You can decide how the system will use your search terms by selecting one of the options from the popup menu just to the right of the input box. Here are some examples for the search term "quantum gravity":
Lists of Values
With these you can select one or more values from a list of values for the system to search for. If no value in the list is selected, the system will ignore this field (i.e. it will retrieve records with any value of this field.)
In cases where each individual record may have more than one value attached to the list, you can also change search behavior by selecting "Any of these" or "All of these" from the popup menu on the right of the list.
When you're searching a year field, you can specify a single year or range of years that you're interested in:
Some fields can have the value yes or no, for example the "Refereed" field. In this case, the search field lets you specify whether you want retrieved records to have the value yes or no for this field, or whether you have no preference, in which case the field isn't used to find records.
Receiving Archive Updates
You can subscribe to new posts on PhilSci-Archive through email or RSS.
Updates by email to all new posts
Update by RSS
Follow the instructions above to subscribe by RSS, but instead of clicking "Save search," choose one of the RSS () links. Then copy the URL of the resulting> page, and add it to your RSS reader (Google Reader, Bloglines, etc.).
Customize or delete updates
You can create a custom subscription by following the instructions above, but replacing the suggested search with your own Advanced Search. For example, you could search for articles posted under the subject Specific Sciences > Biology. Then follow steps 3 and 4 above to create a subscription to only those posts.
To stop receiving updates by email, click the Saved Searches link in the red navigation bar (you must be logged in to view it). You will be brought to your list of saved searches. Click the "Remove" button to remove a search, or click the "Settings" button to edit your email subscription settings.
Certain services require you to register with the system so that it can identify you, such as the document depositing services. When you register with the system, you can register a username, email address and password which must be confirmed. The system will email you a confirmation URL to visit to enable the password. To register, go to http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/cgi/register; you will be prompted to enter your name, a valid email address, a username, and a password. When you are done, click "Register." This will generate a verification email that will be sent to the email address you entered. Once you confirm, you'll be taken to the "Manage deposits" page (http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/cgi/users/home).
The "Manage deposits" page serves as your home screen. From this page you can create new deposits and edit previous deposits.
Create an Item
There are two ways to create a new item to deposit into the archive: Either click the "New Item" button or select a source for "Import" from the drop-down menu. Items can be imported using either BibTeX, DOI, DSpeace Metadata, PubMed ID, PubMed XML, or XML data. For any import type, you can then import one or more items. Once an item is imported, you'll proceed with the creation process described below for new items—the only differences being that many of the fields will have been populated for you by the import process!
Clicking on "New Item" will begin the creation sequence. In this sequence you'll specify the item type, the item details, select a conference or volume for the item (only applicable for papers being given at a conference or workshop that the event organizer has invited you to post under a PhilSci-Archive heading), select subject categories, upload the document(s) and enter metadata, and finally deposit your new item. At each stage you can either save your item for later ("Save for Later"), cancel the item ("Cancel"), or continue to the next stage ("Next >"). For each page and field there will be a help icon (the question mark) that you can click to get more information.
On the "Manage deposits" page you will also see a list of items you have created. You can use the checkboxes to select whether you want to see the items in your "User Workarea," items that are "Under Review," items in the "Live Archive," or items that have been "Retired." To the right of each displayed item will be one or more icons depending on whether the item is in your User Workarea, Under Review, or in the Live Archive. For items in your User Workarea (i.e., items that have not been deposited yet) you can view the item, delete the item, edit the item (returning to the process described above), or deposit the item.