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Information Today

Vol. 21 No. 4 — April 2004


SwetsWise Adds 10 Publishers

Swets Information Services announced that it has signed an additional 10 publishers to SwetsWise Online Content. SwetsWise is the Web-based, modular service for the procurement, access, and management of subscriptions and online information. It now carries a total of 7,813 full-text e-journals from 294 publishers, with participation from more than 90 percent of the top STM publishers.

The following publishers have been added:

• Ashley Publications—Produces the Expert Opinion series

• BioMed Central—An independent online publishing house

• British Institute of Radiology—A multidisciplinary learned society and registered charity

• Future Medicine—A healthcare-focused sister company to Ashley Publications

• The International Association of Hydraulic Engineering and Research— A worldwide, independent organization of engineers and water specialists

• MA Healthcare, Ltd.—Runs, an online journal for nurses

• Manchester University Press—Serves the international academic community and promotes the University of Manchester

• Open Minds Journals—Publishes 10 peer-reviewed scientific journals

• Royal College of Surgeons of England—Publishes The Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England

• UK Serials Group—Publishes Serials, the international journal for the serials community

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

Thomson NETg Acquires Educational Training Systems, Inc.

NETg, part of Thomson Corp., announced that it has acquired Educational Training Systems, Inc./financialcampus (FinancialCampus), a provider of online training and educational services to the financial services industry.

According to the announcement, this move strengthens Thomson NETg's focus on the growing financial services marketplace and provides its clients in the sector with a focused learning solution centered on compliance and regulatory management needs. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

As a provider of training and development solutions to the financial services industry for more than 32 years, FinancialCampus has delivered learning to more than 1 million professionals. Financial Campus offers more than 20,000 hours of approved insurance continuing education credits in 50 states and various licensing designations in securities insurance, CFP(R), CPA, CLU, CPCU, IRS EA, and more.

Source: Thomson NETg, Naperville, IL, 630/369-3000;

Emerald Adopts COUNTER Code, Announces Statistics

Emerald announced its adoption of the COUNTER Code of Practice in reporting usage data. The company also announced its analysis of 7 million downloads.


Launched in March 2002, COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of NeTworked Electronic Resources) is an international initiative that governs the recording and exchange of online usage data. It's designed to serve the needs of both librarians and publishers/aggregators by providing credible and consistent measurement standards.

According to the announcement, Emerald customers will be able to make better-informed purchasing decisions, while Emerald and its intermediaries will be able to provide data to customers in a format they want and learn more about genuine usage patterns.

Download Analysis

Emerald statistics reveal that the top five subject areas researched by its customers during 2003 were innovation, organization, knowledge management, marketing, and business intelligence. The article downloaded most often from the Emerald database was "From Marketing Mix to Relationship Marketing: Towards a Paradigm Shift in Marketing," written by Christian Gronroos and published in Management Decision.

The usage statistics are also valuable indicators for journal editors and members of the research community. Authors who wish to write articles for 2004 will benefit from focusing their efforts on innovation, organization, and knowledge management as well as marketing and business intelligence topics.

Source: Emerald, Bradford, U.K., 011-44-274-777700;

Endeavor Announces Customer Task Force

Endeavor Information Systems announced the ongoing work of an Endeavor customer task force that is set to examine the issues in today's changing library. This most recent group, Endeavor's Global Data Change Task Force, examines the needs of libraries to manipulate data in MARC records to better adapt to a changing library environment.

According to the company, this task force will help Endeavor provide even more work-flow flexibility for libraries using the Voyager integrated library management system.

Endeavor and the Global Data Change Task Force will identify current work flows in the import and export of bibliographic, holdings, item, and authority records in a Voyager database, as well as best address the advantages of Endeavor's technology to support these necessary mass changes.

According to the announcement, the improved efficiencies in the Voyager system will result in better work flows for library technical staff using a safe and secure methodology.

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

Arnoud de Kemp Leaves Springer

Springer-Verlag announced that, after almost 20 years with the company, Arnoud de Kemp has left to pursue new projects. As deputy member of the board, he held global responsibility for marketing and sales of both print products and electronic information services.

According to the announcement, de Kemp has become internationally renowned for his pioneering work in electronic publishing, especially in the area of STM publishing. At Springer, he created the electronic media department. Having participated in a variety of electronic information projects, he was also responsible for the creation of SpringerLink, one of the first online full-text archives.

Source: Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 011-49-30-827-870;

CISTI Extends Secure Desktop Delivery to Entire Collection

The Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI) announced that its entire journal collection is now available for document delivery through Secure Desktop Delivery (SDD).

The SDD method, first launched in December 2003, allows CISTI to deliver copyright-cleared documents to its customers in electronic format. SDD uses a customized Acrobat Reader plug-in to enable customers to view and print their documents using a simple Web interface. The plug-in is downloaded only once by each user, usually in seconds, and works for all subsequent deliveries.

SDD is available at the same service fees as for Ariel or fax. Copyright charges are negotiated with publishers. Some copyright fees differ from those applied for other delivery methods.

More information is available at

Source: Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information, Ottawa, 613/998-8544;

ProQuest Acquires Copley, Adopts COUNTER

ProQuest Information and Learning announced that it has acquired Copley Publishing Group, Inc. The company also announced that it has adopted the COUNTER Code of Practice.

Copley Publishing Group

Copley publishes customized textbooks for academic use. The new product line will become part of ProQuest's XanEdu faculty and student resources for the higher education market.

Copley Publishing Group, based in Acton, Mass., was founded in 1984 to meet a growing need for customized texts. Custom textbooks contain copyright-cleared material selected by faculty, as well as faculty-written sections, for all disciplines. They are often used for interdisciplinary courses and humanities survey courses, such as Western civilization.


Launched in March 2002, COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of NeTworked Electronic Resources) is a U.K.-based international initiative that governs the recording and exchange of online usage data. It is designed to serve the needs of both librarians and publishers/aggregators by providing credible and consistent measurement of usage data across online resources. Mike Hoover, ProQuest product manager, is a member of COUNTER's International Advisory Board.

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

LexisNexis Reaches 3 Million Case Summaries

LexisNexis announced that its legal editors have yielded 3 million case-law summaries in a multiyear project to provide customers with comprehensive and authoritative coverage of cases from all federal and state jurisdictions.

Since the project began in 2001, LexisNexis case-law editors have written 425,000 prospective case-law summaries and more than 2.6 million retrospective case summaries. The team, composed primarily of attorneys, has finished 70 percent of the nearly 4 million retrospective case summaries for the project, which will be completed sometime next year.

In the early going, case-law editors concentrated on providing summaries that customers most often research on the lexis
.com service. Most recently, they delivered comprehensive coverage by jurisdiction for the eight largest U.S. states: New York, California, Florida, Texas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Illinois.

Source: LexisNexis, Dayton, OH, 937/865-6800;

MuseGlobal Announces Partnership with GIST

MuseGlobal announced a new, exclusive partnership with Global Information Systems Technology (GIST). Part of Universal Subscription Agency (USAPL), the organization has served more than 3,500 customers in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh since 1980.

GIST/USAPL markets internationally published journals and databases to government, private, academic, and research institutions, with GIST supplying the technology-integration services for access to a wide spectrum of online information.

According to the announcement, MuseGlobal's mission is to optimize the productivity of information users and knowledge workers by enabling the discovery, integration, and delivery of information and services from disparate systems.

Source: MuseGlobal, Salt Lake City, 801/208-1880;

BioOne Designated as COUNTER-Compliant

Amigos Library Services announced that BioOne has received formal notice from COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of NeTworked Electronic Resources) of its compliancy with the organization's standards for measuring online usage data. As a result, BioOne users will be better able to compare BioOne statistics with other electronic databases worldwide.

Statistics generated from the BioOne Web site from November 2003 forward are in the COUNTER format. Heather Joseph, BioOne president, chief operating officer, and member of COUNTER's International Advisory Board, said: "BioOne's COUNTER-compliancy allows librarians analyzing BioOne statistics to compare those statistics against other electronic databases in an accurate and consistent manner. BioOne's designation as a COUNTER-compliant organization is a major step forward for BioOne and the libraries we serve worldwide."

Source: Amigos Library Services, Dallas, 972/851-8000;


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