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Volume 18, Issue 10 November 2001
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Serials Journal Now Available to Nonmembers

The United Kingdom Serials Group (UKSG) has announced that, beginning next year, it will make its journal Serials available to nonmembers worldwide via subscription.

According to the announcement, the new editors of the journal, Hazel Woodward and Helen Henderson, have broadened its scope and want to make it more accessible to the information community around the world. Woodward, the university librarian at Cranfield University and director of the Cranfield University Press, said: "Some organizations who are not currently members of the U.K. Serials Group would really like access to the journal. By making it available more generally we hope to get a wider circulation, more contributions, and a greater influence for UKSG within the serials industry."

UKSG members will continue to have other exclusive benefits. In addition to the discounts on the conference and seminars, the members' electronic newsletter will soon be introduced. Henderson said: "It is clear that we need two channels of communication: the purely electronic medium for topical and fast-moving information, and the journal for more substantial article and archive information."

UKSG also hopes that more people will take advantage of the electronic version, which has been available through CatchWord (an ingenta company) for 2 years. Bev Acreman, of the UKSG Marketing Sub-Committee and marketing director of Taylor & Francis, said: "With the introduction of the online edition of Serials, we have added some real value to this important journal. For the first time, you will be able to follow reference links forward and backwards through citing and cited articles ... to the original article where they are available online. This is all possible using the recent CrossRef technology project, where to date there are 70 publishers participating, accounting for over 3,800 journals with about 3 million article records in the database. In addition, any Web sites listed within Serials articles will be automatically hyperlinked, enabling you to click straight through to them, plus e-mail any authors who have included their e-mail addresses in the article."

A free sample issue of Serials is available at http://www.uksg.org.

Serials is published three times a year and contains articles, summaries of key issues for the community, book reviews, and industry and people news.

Source: United Kingdom Serials Group, Newbury, U.K., 011-44-1635-254292; http://www.uksg.org.

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