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October 7, 2002 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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CrossRef Launches Version 2.0, Expands Membership

CrossRef, a publisher collaborative that enables researchers to navigate online journals via DOI-based citation links, announced the launch of version 2.0 of its metadata database resolution service as well as an expansion of its publisher and affiliate memberships.

Development of the new resolution system began last year, when CrossRef joined forces with Atypon Systems. Because of the offering's robust "fuzzy" logic, there has reportedly been a significant increase in positive query results. This second-generation system uses a scalable architecture and the latest Web technologies, which result in more resolved queries and expanded reference content. Version 2.0 also supports the new CrossRef XML Deposit Schema, which provides a more robust vocabulary for journal metadata and conference proceedings. In addition, the new version now allows reference material to be deposited. Members will have Web access to a complete set of statistics and reports that detail their deposit and query activity. The extendable platform readily allows the addition of new features and services.

With the additions to CrossRef's membership base, the organization now has 152 publisher members whose content represents more than 6,400 journals and almost 5 million article records. Key expansion developments include the following:

  • The library affiliate program has grown to 49 with the recent addition of NIH.

  • CrossRef signed a linking-solutions partner agreement with Fretwell-Downing. The company will integrate CrossRef into its Z PORTAL product offering for libraries. This collaboration will automatically build links between citation information and digital content. 

  • ProQuest has committed to support linking to full text via CrossRef and will be beta-testing dynamic retrievals using CrossRef's new system.

  • Project Muse, which offers subscription access to the full text of more than 200 scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences, announced plans to actively participate in CrossRef beginning next year.
Source: CrossRef

Infotrieve Signs Two STM Aggregators, 10 Publishers

Infotrieve, a document delivery provider to the scientific, technical, and medical (STM) communities, announced that it has signed content agreements with BioOne and Allen Press, both major STM content aggregators. The company also announced agreements with 10 new STM publishers, increasing the pool of articles available electronically to over 2 million.

BioOne collects full-text articles published in 55 journals that are produced by 44 professional societies. These journals are focused primarily in fields of biological, ecological, and environmental sciences. The company has produced 340 volumes of the journals, featuring articles from more than 42,000 authors. BioOne was developed by the American Institute of Biological Sciences, SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), the University of Kansas, the Greater Western Library Alliance, and Allen Press.

Allen Press, based in Lawrence, Kansas, is a provider of printing and publishing services to publishers in the STM arena. The company aggregates content from more than 300 journals.

The 10 new publishers that are teaming up with Infotrieve are the American Physiological Society, the American Society for Investigative Pathology, BMJ Publishing Group, The British Psychological Society, The Company of Biologists, IEE, The New England Journal of Medicine, Pharmaceutical Press, Society for Neuroscience, and Urban & Fischer.

Source: Infotrieve

EBSCO Increases Links to JSTOR, Adds Access to Elsevier Content

EBSCO has announced that researchers in libraries with access to JSTOR collections can now link directly from more than 100,000 citations in many of EBSCO's secondary databases to the full text of articles in the JSTOR archive. With this function in place, EBSCO has completed implementation of its linking agreement with JSTOR, which allows links from both EBSCO's proprietary and secondary databases to many of the 242 titles available in JSTOR's archival collections. JSTOR is an independent not-for-profit organization with a mission to create an archive of important scholarly journals and to extend access to those journals as broadly as possible.

Through a recent agreement between EBSCO Information Services and Elsevier Science, users of EBSCOhost Electronic Journals Service (EJS) now have article-level access through CrossRef to Elsevier Science journals if they have a license to access ScienceDirect. EJS offers a portal to more than 8,400 e-journals and more than 3.6 million articles.
Source: EBSCO

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