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September 15, 2003 — 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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Communication Abstracts Now Available from CSA

Communication Abstracts, published by SAGE Publications, is now available on the Internet Database Service (IDS) from CSA (Cambridge Scientific Abstracts). CSA says the IDS platform is the only online service offering the complete Communication Abstracts database.

Communication Abstracts, edited by Tom Gordon at Temple University, is a comprehensive source of information about communication-related publications on a worldwide scale. The database covers communication-related articles, reports, papers, and books from a variety of publishers, research institutions, and information sources in both communication literature and literature in other disciplines relevant to communication researchers. Communication Abstracts has recently expanded its coverage to include international literature in film studies, the role of technology in human communications, risk communication, crisis communication, and public opinions.

The file has over 35,000 records from 160 sources, with 600 new records added per bimonthly update; current coverage is 1977 to date. For more information and complimentary 30-day access to Communication Abstracts, access

Source: CSA

PubMed to Gain OLDMEDLINE Citations

Over 1.5 million OLDMEDLINE citations will be added to PubMed. The citations are to articles from international biomedical journals covering the fields of medicine, preclinical sciences, and allied health sciences. The citations were originally printed in hardcopy indexes published from 1953 through 1965.

NLM expects to continue converting citations from its older printed medical indexes to machine-readable form and to add these OLDMEDLINE citations to PubMed as time and resources permit. NLM expects to add 1950-1952 data to PubMed in early 2004. Details for subsequent updates of new records are still to be determined. NLM anticipates a quarterly cycle for revised records. For details on OLDMEDLINE data (background, years of coverage, data content), differences between MEDLINE and OLDMEDLINE citations, and searching, see the NLM Technical Bulletin:

Once OLDMEDLINE citations are added to PubMed, they will no longer reside as a separate collection in the NLM Gateway. The Journal Citations category in the Gateway will contain a single collection of citations that cover 1953 to the present. Users can continue to use the NLM Gateway to search OLDMEDLINE citations which will be retrieved as part of the PubMed hits.

Source: U.S. National Library of Medicine

SPARC Partners with New Labor Studies Journal

SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition; announced a partnership with Labor: Studies in Working Class History in the Americas, a new journal founded by the entire editorial board of Labor History, a commercial title owned by Taylor & Francis. The press release states: "As SPARC's first partnership in the humanities, the alliance with Labor broadens SPARC's reach into another field plagued by disproportionate prices for commercial journals and a lack of competitive alternatives." The new journal will be launched by the Duke University Press in February 2004.

The new journal was created in response to "irreconcilable differences" between the editorial board and Taylor & Francis. According to Leon Fink, the former editor in chief of Labor History and editor of the new Labor, the principal issue was maintaining the journal's editorial independence. More than 40 people associated with the Taylor and Francis journal have joined Fink at the new Labor journal, including four associate editors, the book review editor, the six-person editorial committee, and the 30 contributing editors.

Labor, the new journal, is available for $200 for print, which is 20-percent less than the commercial title. Labor is $180 for electronic-only subscriptions. Labor will publish four issues annually. For more information:

Source: SPARC

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