For the last year or so, we’ve been working to understand the potential for Perma to help individuals and institutions outside the academic community combat link rot.
Two things have become clear through our work. First, link rot is a problem for lots of people, not just scholars. Indeed, link rot matters to anyone who cites, refers or links to web pages with the hope that they won’t change or disappear down the road. Second, Perma can help lots of people prevent link rot, whether or not they’re part of academia.
For Perma to continue to serve people outside the academic community, we have to make sure that we use our resources responsibly and focus on users with the greatest need to preserve web sources for public access.
To help us do that more effectively, we’re introducing monthly subscription tiers for people whose Perma usage is not sponsored and supported by academic libraries or other registrars:
Trial Use – Every account gets 10 free links upon registration.
Basic Use – For a $10 monthly fee, accounts can make up to 10 new links per month.
Intermediate Use – For a $25 monthly fee, accounts can make up to 100 new links per month.
Heavy Use – For a $100 monthly fee, accounts can make up to 500 new links per month.
As a result of these changes, accounts no longer will receive 10 free links on a recurring basis each month.
Free, unlimited service remains available for academic users whose Perma usage is supported by their libraries and for usage by courts. Similarly, academic institutions and courts will still continue to act as registrars for free. If you want to learn more about how academic institutions and courts can arrange for free service for those they support, please contact us.
Private organizations will continue to have the option of becoming registrars for their users at a monthly group rate. Associated users are able to create unlimited links via their sponsor organization for free, and have access to collaboration tools. Later this year, we’ll be expanding subscription options for private organizations and launching additional enhancements to help academic libraries support faculty and students using Perma.
Our explorations into Perma’s potential are ongoing, and we welcome feedback. You can contact us by emailing info at perma.cc.