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PubMed Central to Offer Historical Medical Journals

An international agreement will expand the backfiles of historically significant medical journals and make them freely available via PubMed Central (http://www.pubmedcentral.gov/). The Wellcome Trust, in partnership with the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), and the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) are joining forces to digitize the complete backfiles of a number of titles. The NLM, a part of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will manage the project, host the archive, and ensure that the digital files are preserved in perpetuity. The Wellcome Trust is an independent, research funding charity in the U.K. The JISC is a committee of all U.K. further and higher education funding bodies.

With funding of £1.25 million (about $2.29 million; £750,000 from the Trust, £500,000 from the JISC), the project plans to digitize around 1.7 million pages of text. The list of journals to be digitized will include the Annals of Surgery, Biochemical Journal, Journal of Physiology, and Medical History. Digitization will begin in summer 2004 and the first titles will be online early in 2005.

In addition to creating a digital copy of every page in the backfiles, the digitization process will also create a PDF file for every discrete item (article, editorial, letter, advertisements, etc.) in the archive, and use optical character recognition (OCR) technology to generate searchable text. Although the project focuses on digitizing backfiles, publishers will also include new issues of the selected journals on an ongoing basis subject to an embargo period, as defined by each participating publisher.

Source: U.S. National Library of Medicine

Emerald Management Xtra Launches in Beta

Emerald Group Publishing Limited announced the beta launch of Emerald Management Xtra. Building on its Emerald Fulltext and Emerald Management Reviews databases, Emerald Management Xtra combines core content from more than 100 selected Emerald journals with practical working tools and resources.

Resources include Conference Central, a regularly updated Research Register, Resources for librarians, Teaching Tips, and numerous book reviews, case studies, and interviews. The Emerald Literati Club has been integrated as well, offering resources for academics seeking to publish their work.

Emerald Management Xtra features access to primary content from Emerald journals at a substantial discount compared with purchasing access to journals and abstracts separately. Developed in consultation with the academic management community worldwide, Emerald Management Xtra is aimed at making all facets of professional life in business schools and management departments as simple as possible. Emerald is offering a free trial of the beta version at http://www.emeraldinsight.com/emx. It will fully launch at Online Information, Nov. 30 - Dec. 2, 2004, in London.

Source: Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Thomson Gale Launches Science Resource Center

Thomson Gale (http://www.gale.com) announced the launch of its Science Resource Center, said to be the only science database with content that's directly correlated to national and state science curriculum standards. Science Resource Center, powered by InfoTrac, is a one-stop source that combines Gale's proprietary reference resources with primary documents, full-text journals, multimedia, and links to 500 Web sites that focus exclusively on science topics. The content includes 150 full-text science magazines, including the New York Times Science section, offering both general and scholarly resources, and more than 8,000 multimedia records, including pictures, illustrations, audio clips, and video clips

Science Resource Center reflects curriculum trends and focuses on key concepts taught in classrooms, including earth science, history of science, life science, physical science, science and technology, science as inquiry, and space science. The company said it developed Science Resource Center to be a tailored learning solution with correlated content that can be used by educators to help students reach state and national testing goals.

Source: Thomson Gale



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