COLUMNS & NEWS
VNU Exhibitions Europe Acquires Library + information
VNU Exhibitions Europe announced its acquisition
of the Library + information Show (LiS) from Resources
Now in its 16th year, the Library + information Show
caters to all sectors of the library profession, bringing
the library and information worlds together to share
key industry developments and the latest technology,
exchange ideas, and debate current issues. The acquisition
follows a joint venture between the two businesses
in April, which saw VNU's Total Library Solutions event
incorporated into the overall LiS show proposition.
Source: VNU Exhibitions, London, 011-44-207-316-9000;
SwetsWise Welcomes BioMed Central's Open-Access
Swets Information Services announced that BioMed
Central's open-access journals will be included in
SwetsWise, the Web-based, modular service for the procurement,
access, and management of subscriptions and online
information. This service, provided as part of Swets'
comprehensive e-journals management drive, will allow
readers to access BioMed Central's open-access and
subscription articles among SwetsWise Online Content's
8,242 full-text publications from 307 publishers.
Source: Swets Information Services, Lisse, Netherlands,
Thomson Study Reveals Weak Correlation Between
Self-Citations and Impact Factor
The Thomson Corp. released a study titled "Journal
Self-Citation in the Journal Citation ReportsScience
Edition (2002)." The study examined self-citation in
all 5,876 journals covered in the 2002 Science Edition
of JCR and concluded that journal self-citations
are a minor component of the overall citation pattern
of most titles.
The results indicate that self-citation rates vary
widely across all journals and show only a weak correlation
with the impact and subject of a journal. There is
also a weak correlation between self-citation rate
and the size or specificity of the category assigned
to a journal. Additionally, the removal of self-citations
from Impact Factor calculation had little effect on
the relative rank of high-impact journals.
"Impact Factor, particularly how it is shaped by self-citations,
has been the topic of much debate," said Jim Testa,
director of editorial development for Thomson Scientific. "Hopefully,
this study will address some of the questions and concerns
raised by the scientific community. When properly used, JCR can
be a vital tool, among a number of measures, to evaluate
the impact and influence of scholarly journals."
Source: The Thomson Corp., Philadelphia, 215/386-0100;
Ovid to Offer PsycBOOKS Database
Ovid Technologies, Inc. announced an agreement with
the American Psychological Association (APA) to make
content from the APA PsycBOOKS full-text database accessible
through Ovid's online platform.
Ovid's offerings from the PsycBOOKS database initially
will include more than 600 titles, including 100 out-of-print
books from 1950 to 2002 and approximately 50 archival
resources in psychology. Ovid plans to add approximately
10 titles a month to the database.
Customers on the Ovid platform will be able to browse
a table of contents and locate specific book chapters
in PDF form. Users also will be able to search a database
of bibliographic records that includes book and chapter
titles, author names, abstracts, subject headings,
and chapter references. The full text of chapters for
many titles also will be fully searchable.
Source: Ovid Technologies, Inc., New York, 646/674-6300;
Ingenta, Inc. Chosen to Deliver BSOL
Ingenta, Inc. has been chosen to deliver the British
Standards Online Project (BSOL) for BSI Business Information,
the publishing division of the BSI Group.
The project involves the provision of a new online
channel to market for thousands of British Standards
publications. BSI will use Ingenta's technology to
deliver a more flexible information commerce proposition,
building new revenues through the creation of new revenue
channels. Ingenta's new information commerce platform
helps BSI package and deliver content to a number of
In addition to this contract, work has been completed
on a Cyber Vending Machine project to host final documents
and provide pay-per-view technology for the clients
of BSI's Standards Writing Consultancy Services division.
Source: Ingenta, Inc., Providence, RI, 401/331-2014;
Infotrieve, ISI ResearchSoft Announce Partnership
Infotrieve, Inc. and Thomson ISI ResearchSoft announced
that they will collaborate to deliver enhanced services
to the corporate researcher.
This partnership will provide connectivity between
content delivered by Infotrieve and ISI ResearchSoft's
publishing software. Researchers will be able to navigate
bidirectionally between content resources and their
personal reference collections. This connectivity will
allow researchers to obtain full-text research articles
from Infotrieve and capture bibliographic references
for citing in papers and reports that they author.
Researchers will save time locating relevant information,
capturing references for citing, and linking to full-text
Source: Infotrieve, Inc., Los Angeles, 310/445-3000;
FindLaw Acquires Hubbard One
FindLaw, a Thomson Corp. business, announced the
acquisition of Hubbard One, a provider of marketing
applications to large U.S. law firms.
According to the announcement, the combined offerings
of Hubbard One and FindLaw include award-winning Web-site
design and hosting services, extranets, and analytical
tools. Moreover, FindLaw connects law firm marketing
efforts with the largest communities of in-house corporate
counsel, businesses, and consumers through Findlaw.com.
According to the announcement, this portal is the highest-trafficked
legal information Web site and home to the West Legal
Directory, the most often consulted directory of lawyers
and law firms on the Internet.
Hubbard One joins FindLaw on the heels of FindLaw's
acquisition of Glasser LegalWorks and the launch of
the Thomson Legal Record, a service that enables in-house
corporate counsel to perform due diligence by researching
the litigation track record of outside lawyers and
Source: FindLaw, Eagan, MN, 651/687-7000; http://www.findlaw.com.
Nstein Technologies Announces Contract with Time,
Nstein Technologies, Inc. announced that it has signed
two agreements with Time, Inc. for software solutions
and professional services that will provide a master
taxonomy and data categorization of the Time, Inc.
editorial archive. Time, Inc. is a subsidiary of Time
Warner, Inc. and the publisher of several well-known
magazines, including Time, Fortune, and Sports
"Nstein solutions will be a component of the ongoing
development and organization of our master archive.
Their products and services will help us deliver accurate
and useful search results," said Time, Inc.'s Mitchell
Klaif, vice president of Global Magazine and Internet
Source: Nstein Technologies, Inc., Montreal, 514/908-5406;
The Content Partnership Launched
James Cuming, former general manager of content sales
for the Australian Broadcasting Corp. and a former
director at Australian Associated Press, has launched
The Content Partnership, a venture to help publishers
of text and multimedia create new distribution lines
The Content Partnership specializes in Asia Pacific-based
content and is establishing relationships with information
vendors in the U.S. and Europe.
"For information vendors, we offer a reliable source
for quality information," says Cuming. "We have personal
relationships with many publishers large and small
According to Cuming, the benefit to information vendors
is that The Content Partnership "allows vendors to
make only one call to access several high-quality services." The
relationship is then based on a single agreement, a
single billing point, and a single technical contact.
Source: The Content Partnership, Sydney, Australia,
Johns Hopkins Collaborates on Digital Preservation
In a project to test the best methods and strategies
for long-term preservation of important digital collections,
the Sheridan Libraries of The Johns Hopkins University
are participating in the Archive Ingest and Handling
Test, a $1 million Library of Congress project.
Along with Harvard, Stanford, and Old Dominion universities,
researchers at the Digital Knowledge Center at Johns
Hopkins will work with a collection of images, e-mail
messages, Web pages, chat logs, and other information
focused on the 9/11 attacks. The universities will
use various methods to analyze the collection and test
ways for "bulk ingesting" the archive into digital-repository
systems. The participants will keep in mind that data
formats may become outdated over time and that for
true long-term preservation any digital repository
must be capable of migrating data and adapting to new
Information about the project will be posted periodically
Source: Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, 443/287-9960;
IHS, Citation Publishing Form Alliance
Information Handling Services, Inc. (IHS) announced
an alliance with Citation Publishing, Inc. that will
leverage IHS's codes and standards databases and Citation
Publishing's CyberRegs environmental, health, and safety
(EH&S) laws and regulations database and document
management system to deliver online access to regulations,
national laws, industry standards, specifications,
The joint IHS/Citation Publishing solution will help
customers manage their operations and documentation
requirements for health, safety, and environmental
compliance; reduce project disruptions and delays;
lower company costs and risks; and improve worker safety.
Source: Information Handling Services, Inc., Englewood,
CO, 303/397-7956; http://www.ihs.com.
Copyright Clearance Center, OCLC Deliver Integrated
Copyright Permission Service
Copyright Clearance Center and OCLC announced a partnership
to provide access to copyright licensing directly from
two of OCLC's reference and resource-sharing services.
Through CCC's Copyright Integration Services, librarians
and other users of OCLC FirstSearch and ILLiad can
check copyright fees and obtain permission to use text
materials through a link to CCC's online licensing
services. Through these integrated solutions, OCLC
users will experience a streamlined permissions process
when initiating an ILL transaction, saving time and
minimizing data entry errors.
Source: Copyright Clearance Center, Inc., Danvers,
MA, 978/750-8400; http://www.copyright.com.
Thomson Gale Virtual
Reference Library Offers xreferplus
Thomson Gale and xrefer announced a partnership for
distribution in the U.S. and Canada of the xreferplus
service in conjunction with Gale Virtual Reference
Thomson Gale will distribute xreferplus as an added,
ready-reference component of Gale Virtual Reference
Library into academic, public, school, military, and
government libraries in the U.S. and Canada. A selection
of Thomson Gale titles also will be made available
to current and future xreferplus customers, whether
they subscribe directly from xrefer or purchase xreferplus
as part of the Gale Virtual Reference Library.
Source: Thomson Gale, Farmington Hills, MI, 248/699-4253;
WilsonWeb Links to RefWorks
The H.W. Wilson Co. announced that users of WilsonWeb
periodicals research databases can now use RefWorks
Database and Bibliography Creator to compile WilsonWeb
article references into Web-accessible, personalized
databases. These can be used for personal reference,
sharing research, or generating footnotes and bibliographies.
In libraries with subscriptions to both services, WilsonWeb's
OpenURL WilsonLink utility facilitates export of bibliographic
citations into RefWorks, which formats bibliographies
and manuscripts automatically.
Source: The H.W. Wilson Co., New York, 718/588-8400;
AP, Convera Strike Agreement for News Industry
The Associated Press and Convera Corp. announced
an agreement whereby Convera's RetrievalWare will be
used for categorizing, searching, and distributing
multimedia content within the AP's electronic AP (eAP)
initiative. Under the agreement, the AP and Convera
will tailor RetrievalWare to address broader application
requirements of the news industry.
The eAP initiative, a new generation of content management
and distribution systems for newspaper publishers and
other AP subscribers, is expected to enhance the way
the AP provides multimedia content in an interactive,
easy-to-use form to its daily newspaper, radio, television,
and online customers. Using Convera's Retrieval Ware,
AP subscribers will be able to more easily specify
the personalized news products they want to receive,
access a Web-based delivery network, and receive value-added
content that is relevant to customers' interests.
Source: Convera Corp., Vienna, VA, 703/761-3700;
Paratext's Reference Universe Links to Several
Paratext, LLC announced that its aggregated reference
database Reference Universe now contains links to full-text
reference sources from ABC-CLIO, Oxford University
Press, and Thomson Gale.
Reference Universe, which integrates article titles
and indexes to more than 5,000 specialized encyclopedias
and reference works, now contains links to Oxford Reference
Online, Gale's Virtual Reference Library, and ABC-CLIO
e-books. Links to e-sources from Taylor & Francis,
Greenwood Press, CQ Press, and others are currently
Source: Paratext, LLC, Sterling, VA, 703/318-0285;
NLM Announces International Agreement to Expand
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 medical journals.
The digitized content will be made freely available
on the Web via PubMed Central (http://www.pubmedcentral.gov) and will augment its current content.
The project plans to digitize around 1.7 million
pages of text. The NLM, a part of the National Institutes
of Health, will manage the project, host the archive,
and ensure the preservation of the digital files.
The list of journals to be digitized includes Annals
of Surgery, Biochemical Journal, Journal
of Physiology, and Medical History. Digitization
began in summer 2004, and the first titles are scheduled
to be online in early 2005.
Source: National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD,
ProQuest Acquires Serials Solutions, Distributes
ProQuest Information and Learning announced the acquisition
of Serials Solutions, Inc. ProQuest also announced
plans to distribute NewspaperDirect products.
ProQuest has acquired Seattle-based Serials Solutions,
Inc., whose products and servicesArticle Linker,
Journal Linker, an advanced A-Z title list service,
and MARC records deliveryprovide e-journal management
and access solutions for academic, public, government,
and corporate libraries around the world. The company
has products installed in 1,300 libraries worldwide.
ProQuest will distribute NewspaperDirect newspaper
products in the library and education markets. NewspaperDirect
currently distributes more than 240 same-day newspaper
titles in more than 70 countries and in more than 30
different languages through a global print-on-demand
"By offering NewspaperDirect for libraries, ProQuest
will break new ground in handling and managing newspaper
print content. As library budgets have tightened in
the past few years, libraries have increasingly turned
to reducing their costs associated with providing print
subscription copies of newspapers. NewspaperDirect
transforms and improves the library's operation," said
Rod Gauvin, ProQuest's senior vice resident of marketing
Source: ProQuest Information and Learning, Ann Arbor,
MI, 734/761-4700; http://www.il.proquest.com.