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September 13, 2012 — In addition to this week's NewsBreak(s), the editors have compiled the Weekly News Digest, featuring stories from the week just past that you should know about. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today.

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Summon Discovery Service Expands Coverage of Open Access Scholarly Content

Thanks to new agreements with three publishers of scholarly open access (OA) journal and book content, libraries using the Summon service from Serials Solutions can offer researchers more access to freely available resources outside of their own collections. Making these resources accessible through the library discovery interface broadens the number of highly relevant and appropriate results returned to researchers, while further making the library the “go-to” resource for credible content. The publishers are Libertas Academica, eScholarship@McGill, and the Directory of Open Access Books.

Libertas Academica, based in New Zealand, publishes 87 peer-reviewed medical and scientific journals, containing more than 2,800 articles. Of the journals, 81 are OA while six are pay-per-view or subscription-only. Medical titles are prominent in the collection, including a set of journals devoted to clinical practice in the major medical specialties. There are also journals related to biotechnology topics as well as other sciences.

eScholarship@McGill, the McGill University OA collection, showcases the publications and theses of McGill University faculty and students. The collection includes more than 30,000 full-text documents of electronic theses, research articles and reports, working papers, conference papers, and books. 

The Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB), provided by Open Access Publishing in European Networks (OAPEN), is a discovery service for peer-reviewed monographs published under an OA license. The DOAB’s searchable index will be added to the Summon service, including links to the full texts of the publications at the publisher’s website or repository. More than 1100 academic peer-reviewed books from 28 publishers will be indexed and discoverable.

Source: Serials Solutions



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