|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
Source: United Kingdom Serials Group, Newbury, U.K., 011-44-1635-254292;