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Information Today

Vol. 21 No. 7 — July/August 2004

Product News and Reviews

ProQuest Unveils New Interface Enhancements

ProQuest Information and Learning announced that it will launch an updated version of its online information service this month. The new release will include ProQuest Smart Search, which gives users suggestions for enhanced searching, and several new e-mail options.

ProQuest Smart Search will analyze users' searches, then offer suggestions for related topics and publications at the top of the results screen. The same technology will enable them to browse topics in most ProQuest databases. Users will also be able to e-mail multiple articles from ProQuest; My Research Summary, a refined version of the marked list feature; and formatted bibliographies.

Source: ProQuest Information and Learning, Ann Arbor, MI, 734/761-4700;

Ingenta Launches Beta Version of Its IngentaConnect Flagship Web Service

Ingenta, Inc. announced the first beta version of IngentaConnect, a Web service that's set to replace and, its flagship online research services.

Scheduled to go live early this fall, IngentaConnect offers technology that provides increased scalability to support the rapid growth in usage as well as improved reliability and flexibility. The access and authentication system has been redeveloped to expand the range of models through which publishers can provide access to their content.

For the more than 260 publishers whose electronic content is delivered via the service, IngentaConnect will support a broader range of content types, such as journals, books, reports, and statistics. There will be more opportunities to sell content through library deposit accounts and individual subscription sales.

The first beta Web site focuses on search and browse, with personalization, administrative, and e-commerce functionality to be phased in during the next few months.

Source: Ingenta, Inc., Providence, RI, 401/331-2014;

NewsStand Introduces iBrowse Reader

NewsStand, Inc. announced the introduction of iBrowse, a new browser-based tool that's used to read digital editions of magazines and newspapers. Publishers can utilize iBrowse to reach and expand their subscriber base.

"iBrowse is especially appealing for controlled-circulation magazines whose readership is often based in small businesses or large corporations, including those using Apple's Macintosh," said Kit Webster, president and CEO of NewsStand. "For subscribers working in companies with rigorous IT security standards, iBrowse eliminates firewall and administrative rights issues that would otherwise inhibit downloading an executable reader to an employee's desktop, laptop, or tablet PC. It provides a unique and cost-effective way for publishers to reach their target audiences with rich and dynamic advertising, including multimedia and digital blow-in cards."

Source: NewsStand, Inc., Austin, TX, 512/334-5100;

Information Today, Inc. Releases Two New Directories

Information Today, Inc. announced the release of the Directory of Library Automation Software, Systems, and Services (DOLA) 2004­2005 edition. The company also announced the availability of ALD On the Web, the American Library Directory's (ALD) online version.


Compiled and edited by Pamela Cibbarelli, DOLA is a reference source for software packages used in automating libraries. The 2004­2005 edition is newly expanded and updated.

DOLA provides detailed descriptions of hundreds of currently available microcomputer, minicomputer, and mainframe software packages and services. It includes information on software for library automation, information management, text retrieval, and citation management. In addition, DOLA offers two brand-new categories: user ratings of leading library automation software and filtering software for CIPA compliance.

ALD On the Web

ALD On the Web includes all the information found in the print directory and is continuously updated to provide access to the latest library information.

It allows users to do the following:

  • Locate libraries, consortia, library schools, colleagues, resources, and qualified prospects
  • Search by library type or location to identify libraries and special collections
  • Identify all libraries that meet certain criteria—holdings, staff size, expenditures, income, and more—with a single search
  • Combine search categories to meet library research needs

Source: Information Today, Inc., Medford, NJ, 609/654-6266;

Swets Opens Publisher Gateway to China

Swets Information Services announced that it is the first subscription agent to provide a broadband portal to electronic content in China. As part of its e-journals management drive, Swets has entered into a deal with CERNET, a Chinese academic Internet service provider, to offer users rapid access to SwetsWise online content.

With the Chinese STM market expected to expand an additional 40 percent during the next 3 years, this Swets service offers publishers access opportunities to this market without making large individual investments in Chinese infrastructure, according to the announcement. The new service also solves slow access problems and ensures that university users don't pay additional fees when visiting sites outside of China. In addition, Swets offers publishers sales and marketing support to actively promote their e-journals.

Source: Swets Information Services, Lisse, Netherlands, 011-31-252-435-584;

John Wiley & Sons Launches New Version of Current Protocols Online

John Wiley & Sons, Inc. announced an upgraded version of its Current Protocols Online Web site. This update provides desktop access to both recent and archival content in all of Current Protocols' 12 subject areas.

Scientists use Current Protocols to obtain the latest information and methodologies for experimentation in their areas of research. The new version of Current Protocols Online expands both search and browse capabilities. New features include the following:

  • Improved fielded search function
  • Adobe PDF file access
  • New browser-friendly format
  • Bibliography links

Source: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 201/748-6484;

Scopus Integrates LinkFinderPlus

Endeavor Information Systems and Elsevier announced several months of successful testing for the integration of LinkFinderPlus, Endeavor's OpenURL-enabled link resolver, with Scopus, an all-science A&I database.

The LinkFinderPlus and Scopus development teams have partnered since 2002 to build a pioneering user-focused work flow for Scopus. From the results list of their search, users can check their library's holdings and link to their entitled full text in only one click. This image-enabled linking ensures that a user sees a full-text link only when he or she has rights to the full text.

Source: Endeavor Information Systems, Des Plaines, IL, 847/296-2200;

Project MUSE Releases JSTOR Article Links

Project MUSE, an online collection of scholarly journals in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, announced that as part of a reciprocal-linking program, it has enabled article-level links to JSTOR from its search interface. These links are from the back issues of 25 journals common to both collections.

Project MUSE has loaded metadata for the JSTOR articles, which allows users to search on the citation information (title, author, abstract). JSTOR results are clearly labeled and take the user to a brief intermediary page alerting him or her that the article is on another site. JSTOR also allows users to search and browse the MUSE issues for the same titles.

There are currently more than 40 titles common to both MUSE and JSTOR; this number is expected to grow to more than 50. Publishers of the journals in the reciprocal-linking program agree to fill any gaps in coverage between the resources to ensure that the titles' full digital runs are available. Recently, Ohio State University Press and Brookings Institution Press agreed to participate in the linking project. Links from their titles will be available in a future release.

Source: Project MUSE, Baltimore, 410/516-6989;

Cataloger's Desktop Now Available on the Web

The Library of Congress' Cataloging Distribution Service (CDS) announced that it has introduced a Web-accessible version of its Cataloger's Desktop tool. The new subscription product can be accessed 24/7 and provides the most widely used cataloging-documentation resources in an integrated, online system. In addition, it includes the current version of the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, second edition (AACR2).

"Cataloger's Desktop on the Web represents the Library of Congress' successful initiative to offer catalogers everywhere a highly useful and reliable Web cataloging tool," said Kathryn Mendenhall, chief of CDS. "It incorporates all of the indispensable cataloging publications [that] catalogers use daily, but were previously available only in a large number of individual print editions or as a quarterly CD-ROM ... from CDS."

The rules in AACR2 form the basis for descriptive cataloging practice in the English-speaking library community, with implications for cataloging standardization worldwide. The inclusion of AACR2 in Cataloger's Desktop ensures that cataloging will employ standardized description, which in turn makes the cataloging interchangeable from one catalog to the next.

Source: Library of Congress Public Affairs Office, Washington, DC, 202/707-2905;

Thomson ISI Upgrades Web of Knowledge

Thomson ISI announced a major increase in the linking power of ISI Web of Knowledge, including full-text links to journals from hundreds of new publishers. The new release of ISI Web of Knowledge incorporates many additions to Thomson ISI's linking capability, including use of the DOI.

ISI Web of Knowledge now supports direct, customized links to more than 300 publishers for a total of more than 10,000 journals. Users will be able to link to most of the nearly 200 open-access journals indexed by Web of Science, a component of ISI Web of Knowledge. In addition, OpenURL linking is being enhanced with direct links from search summary results and inbound OpenURL linking to more ISI Web of Knowledge products.

Source: Thomson ISI, Philadelphia, 215/386-0100;

CrossRef, Atypon Announce Forward Linking Service

CrossRef and technology partner Atypon announced the launch of CrossRef's new Forward Linking service. In addition to using CrossRef to create outbound links from their references, CrossRef member publishers can now retrieve links to other articles that cite their content. This new service is being offered as an optional tool to allow CrossRef members to display cited-by links in the primary content they publish.

Several publishers, including John Wiley & Sons, the American Physical Society, Blackwell Publishing, Annual Reviews, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Institute of Physics Publishing, and the American Geophysical Union, have said that they will participate and complete their implementations of the new service later this year.

As part of the same functionality powered by Atypon, CrossRef is also offering a new Forward-Match feature that eliminates the need for users to query CrossRef repeatedly for citations that do not initially return a match. When a query is marked to enable alerts, the CrossRef system automatically sends an e-mail containing the matched results once the relevant content gets registered.

Source: CrossRef, Lynnfield, MA, 781/295-0072;

FIZ Karlsruhe Offers Pharmaceutical
Substances Database on STN International

FIZ Karlsruhe announced that it is offering Thieme's Pharmaceutical Substances, an online database for pharmaceutical ingredients, via STN International. More than 2,300 ingredients are now searchable online. In addition, efficient search functions and biannual updates allow for quick access to topical information.

According to the announcement, Pharmaceutical Substances is designed to be a complete reference guide to every significant pharmaceutical compound. It provides approximately 8,200 reaction schemes that are of interest to the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Pharmaceutical Substances covers all substances contained in drugs that are currently on the market and provides important basic information for chemists who work in the pharmaceutical industry.

Source: FIZ Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany, 011-49-7247-808-555;

Dialog Upgrades DialogLink

Dialog Corp. announced that it is now offering DialogLink 4.0, an upgraded version of its software package for information professionals.

DialogLink 4.0 adds XML output, new post-processing tools, and e-linking capabilities that allow users to create reports, distribute information across an enterprise, and access electronically published scholarly articles. The new features enable users to better integrate information retrieved from the Dialog service into real-life work situations, such as in management reports and corporate intranets and portals.

According to the announcement, DialogLink 4.0 preserves the commands used in previous versions but enhances them with greater functionality to streamline the searching process. Other new features include the following:

  • Usage-reporting and -tracking tools
  • Enhanced options for managing Dialog Alerts and Saved Searches
  • Improvements for setting up and maintaining user preferences
  • New certified secure connections using Secure Socket Layer technology
    to protect privacy for online research

Source: Dialog Corp., Cary, NC, 919/462-8600;

Extenza e-Publishing Services Implements Google Indexing of Hosted E-Journal Content

Extenza e-Publishing Services announced the Google indexing of e-journal content held on its journal-hosting platform. This functionality will enable Google to index all content held in either Adobe PDF or full-text HTML and provide enhanced search results for end users.

"Increasingly, users are turning to Google as the place to locate information in the academic marketplace," said Ruth Jones, general manager of Extenza e-Publishing Services. "Extenza has recognized that enabling the indexing of content by Google, with the publishers' agreement, helps users find that important piece of data.... For publishers, this drives utilization and traffic to their content, with potential benefits in revenue."

Source: Extenza e-Publishing Services, Abingdon, U.K., 011-44-1235-857750;

EDGAR Online Converts Public-Company Financial Statements into XBRL

EDGAR Online, Inc. announced that it now offers U.S. public-company financial statements in eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL). EDGAR Online is also offering users a limited number of real-time public-company financial statements directly downloaded into Microsoft Excel 2003 worksheets.

EDGAR Online has been involved in the development of XBRL through its early work with XBRL International. XBRL is an open specification that uses XML-based data tags to describe financial statements for both public and private companies. According to the announcement, these tags are intended to create a royalty-free, standards-based method that has improved the ways that financial information can be exchanged.

Source: EDGAR Online, Inc., South Norwalk, CT, 203/852-5666;

International Political Science Abstracts Now Available on EBSCOhost

EBSCO Publishing announced the addition of International Political Science Abstracts (IPSA) to EBSCOhost.

IPSA, produced by the International Political Science Association, includes current indexing and abstracts of the world's leading political science journals. The database also contains more than 100,000 records from nearly 900 journals published from 1989 to the present. Approximately 8,000 new records are added to the database yearly. EBSCOhost's linking capabilities allow subscribing libraries to establish links from citations in IPSA to corresponding full text found in their other EBSCOhost databases as well as e-journal collections.

The International Political Science Association has agreed to accept, at any time, cancellations to the IPSA print edition and to refund unexpired portions of subscriptions for those customers seeking access via EBSCOhost.

Source: EBSCO Publishing, Ipswich, MA, 978/356-6500;

Elsevier Adds Cell Press, Clinical Oncology

Elsevier announced the addition of the Cell Press journal collection to its ScienceDirect platform. The company also announced that the third edition of Clinical Oncology is now available online.

Cell Press

With the addition of Cell Press to ScienceDirect, researchers will be able to access and cross-reference titles in the fields of cellular and molecular biology, neuroscience, and immunology, including backfiles dating to the journals' inception. The backfiles contain more than 12,000 articles highlighting important historic developments in this field dating to 1974.

Clinical Oncology Online

Accessible throughout the life of the third edition, Clinical Oncology Online allows users to search the full contents of the book with continuous updates, direct links to online references, and downloadable images from the text for presentations.

Source: Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 011-31-20-485-3911;

Ovid Announces New Portal Service

Ovid Technologies announced the availability of its Portal Advantage Service, a tool to help societies and publishing partners, independent journal publishers, foundations, and corporations build fully customizable portals. The service also enables customers to make their published content available online as well as offer medical content and resources to support their users' research and collaboration needs.

The Portal Advantage Service includes full design, hosting, and content selection from Ovid's repository of bibliographic databases, journals, and book content as well as third-party data resources (e.g., news feeds, CME, society content). In addition to specialized content, it provides collaboration, customization, and community features that allow publishers to enhance their customer and member relationships.

Source: Ovid Technologies, New York, 646/674-6300;



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