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October 9, 2000 — 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.

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Elsevier Science Extends Electronic Archives

Elsevier Science has announced that it is enlarging its electronic archive of science and medical journals, which currently extends back to 1995. It will provide its full-text, online customers with a permanent electronic archive back to (in most cases) volume 1, issue 1.

Elsevier Science will give first priority toward providing this electronic archive for its chemistry and chemical engineering journals. According to Patrick Jackson, publishing director for chemistry at Elsevier Science. "Scientists in these disciplines frequently refer to archival literature, sometimes extending back to before [WWII], and thus it is logical that Elsevier would begin here."

Jackson noted that work had already started with Elsevier's core organic and inorganic chemistry journals, and that the archive for such notable titles as Tetrahedron, Tetrahedron Letters, Phytochemistry, Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, and Polyhedron would be available to customers in the first quarter of 2001, representing more than a million pages of back-volume material. The archive for the remaining chemistry and chemical engineering titles in the Elsevier portfolio will be produced during 2001, and is expected to be completed by December 2001.

"The addition of a complete archive in electronic form for a large number of our most significant titles will constitute a significant value-added feature for our full-text online customers, and furthermore should resolve one of the most frequently raised questions concerning the future longevity of electronic publications," said Arie Jongejan, managing director for physical sciences and member of Elsevier Science's board of directors. "It again shows Elsevier's commitment and confidence towards providing a long-term solution for storing and accessing electronic STM [scientific, technical, and medical] material."

Further information concerning the availability and pricing options of the archive will be available shortly.

Source: Elsevier Science

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