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December 4, 2008 — 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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FIZ Karlsruhe Improves FIZ AutoDoc System

FIZ Karlsruhe has upgraded its automated full text brokerage system FIZ AutoDoc ( to a professional workflow management system. After relaunch it is fully capable of being integrated into administrative software environments thus reducing administrative and billing efforts to a minimum. FIZ Karlsruhe is demonstrating the new system at the Online Information exhibition in London, Dec. 2–4, 2008.

The redesigned system offers customers enlarged access to scientific publications, research reports, patent documents, and company information as well as better and clearly structured assistance for navigation and administration. FIZ AutoDoc can be accessed through a web portal, corporate intranets, or, after a search, in STN International’s databases via the STN Full-Text Solution.

New partnerships extend the delivery portfolio: the American Chemical Society (ACS) supplies ACS journal articles dating from 1996 to present. The ETH Zürich, the Elsevier publishing group, and Thieme Verlag with its eFirst publications add to the online ordering of scientific literature from all over the world. Thanks to its user-friendly DRM protection, the new partner Reprints Desk, Inc. allows for the opening of DRM-protected PDF documents without additional plug-ins.

User guidance such as ISSN detection and "best match" lists provide easy access to the full-text documents. The interactive order forms of FIZ AutoDoc support various cost center assignment options, for example, customer specific statistics and internal billing. PDF has been re-established as the default delivery format to provide more comfortable procurement. For delivery in PDF, the format "IMMEDIATE" offers a new, accelerated access via publishers.

FIZ Karlsruhe has also redesigned and restructured the website of its online service STN International ( The service is jointly operated by FIZ Karlsruhe and Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS). The new website provides direct access to the database online service via different user interfaces; it also offers extensive information material: topical news, database descriptions, workshop manuals, presentations, search tips, etc.

Source: FIZ Karlsruhe

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