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November/December 2007

ScienceDirect Updates


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Backfiles image quality, missing pages and issues - Progress Report 4

This is a follow up from Progress Report 3 in ScienceDirect Connect September/October 2007.

We have started the process of analyzing the PDF pages for poor scans and completed the process for the High Energy/Nuclear Physics and Astronomy package.

Checked 1,436,786 139,579 7,000
To be redone 18,863 10,123 2,220
Percentage 1.31% 7.25% 31.71%

The next step will be to send these files to our supplier who will find the original print copies and rescan the identified images. For those issues where we have no printed copy (some issues are only in microfiche) we will set them to one side and find a printed copy. The latter is part of several projects we have running trying to source missing issues.

We will keep customers informed as to when these files can be uploaded to ScienceDirect in a subsequent report. The next backfile package to be analyzed is Physics General.


NESLi2 renews ScienceDirect contract

The National e-Journals Initiative 2 (NESLi2) has agreed to a four-year license for the ScienceDirect Freedom Collection.

Key to this renewal (previously a two-year agreement) is the high usage of ScienceDirect in the UK: approximately 25 million articles are downloaded per year, a figure that is rising annually.

The NESLi2-ScienceDirect agreement was signed at a ceremony in London on 22 October.

For more information see the press release.




Upcoming events

Elsevier/ScienceDirect will be present at the following library shows:

"The ALA Midwinter Meeting is convened for the primary purpose of expediting the business of the Association through sessions of its governing and administrative delegates serving on board, committees and Council."

"The VALA2008 14th Biennial Conference and Exhibition is the Australian forum where the use of technology in libraries is discussed and will feature invited overseas and Australian keynote speakers, plenary and concurrent sessions and an exhibition featuring the latest products from leading suppliers."


Elsevier Masson French-Language titles set to launch on ScienceDirect

On January 3, 2008, 45 medical journals from Elsevier Masson will be available on ScienceDirect.

These French-language titles contain high-quality articles, reviews, case reports, book reviews and professional information. A number of the journals, which range from anaesthesiology to pharmacology, also publish some abstracts and articles in English.

For more information see the press release.


Launch of 2collab

On 27 November 2collab launched with a new interface and additional functionality. All Scopus and ScienceDirect customers will see 2collab integrated in Scopus through the "Bookmark" button and the "Add to 2collab" button in ScienceDirect.

2collab is a new, free collaborative research tool that enables researchers to share bookmarks, references or any linked material with their peers and colleagues. Additionally, 2collab will drive usage of ScienceDirect and Scopus, while enabling Elsevier to observe, analyse, and learn how researchers use and tag scholarly data as a community. Go to the 2collab website and join!



New Major Reference Work coming soon

xPharm, a title that contains over 3,400 individual interlinked records and over 16,000 citations, equating to over 22,000 printed pages, will be added to ScienceDirect in January 2008. It is the most comprehensive, one-stop pharmacology reference work currently available.

"xPharm is an exceptional resource - a one of a kind undertaking that is an encyclopedia of modern pharmacology." Howard Gendelman, M.D., Chairman, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience, University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Some of the benefits include:

  • Saves time for all bench researchers and enhances efficiency.
  • Intuitive location of complex information saves time on secondary research.
  • Leads to additional insights and references beyond the information initially sought.
  • Guarantees the very latest information in the field.

For more information visit the ScienceDirect Info site.




Want to learn more about tagging and RSS?

Visit the Elsevier TrainingDesk and register for a free topic-focused online training. The TrainingDesk also offers downloadable presentations, tutorials, practice exercises and reference materials covering best practice use of Elsevier electronic products. While visiting the TrainingDesk site, you can find more information and get colleagues' input by reading the blog and wiki.

Web 2.0 from the perspective of colleagues and customers

The new Library Connect Newsletter addresses "Web 2.0." In this issue, you can enjoy these articles:

Also the issue offers the following information professionals' answers to "How is your library using 2.0 to reach users?"

  • Bonaria Biancu, University of Milano-Bicocca Library, Milan, Italy
  • Sue White, University of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, UK
  • Dr. Heila Pienaar, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Thomas Brevik, Royal Norwegian Naval Academy, Bergen, Norway
  • Sandra Kramer, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA
  • Casey Bisson, Plymouth State University, NH, USA
  • Stephen Cramond, University of Adelaide, Australia
  • Lynette Lewis, Yarra Plenty Regional Library Service, Victoria, Australia
Access the issue, 5:4 at Questions or suggestions? Write to



ScienceDirect Titles Alert

The ScienceDirect Titles Alert, which is sent out quarterly, keeps you informed of titles within ScienceDirect that are new, have changed, are discontinued or transferred. To subscribe and receive the next alert, due out in March 2008, please register here.

The ScienceDirect Titles Alert is also available via RSS.

Since November 2006, we have been offering customers updates on title changes relating directly to their current online holdings via customized emails - a first for any major publisher. Each customer institution can request customized quarterly alerts that will only be sent when their respective holdings are directly affected.

If you are interested in this new complimentary service from Elsevier, contact your E-Sales Support Coordinator or your Account Manager.

These alerts will operate in combination with the ScienceDirect Title Alert which will continue to operate.





Two Scirus demos now available

The Scirus team has created two demos to explain the advantages of Scirus Topic Pages - a free service that serves authoritative topic summaries - and the Library Partners Program, which offers full OpenURL integration to academic institutions and libraries.

The Library Partners demo will be distributed among librarians and end-users of the over 300 members of the Scirus Library Partners Program.


Scirus Searcher customized

The first customized edition of Scirus Searcher, the electronic newsletter, was published in October for the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD). It coincides with Scirus' agreement to be the sponsor for the NDLTD's Electronic Theses & Dissertations Awards 2008. These awards recognize the importance of the so called grey literature that Scirus strives to index comprehensively and also recognizes postgraduate and graduate scholarly output.



Scirus works with OCLC to promote benefits of full-text linking

Scirus has partnered with WorldCat Link Manager and the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) to promote the benefits of OpenURL standards-based journal article linking and the adoption of image-based linking (which both Scirus Library Partners and the WorldCat Link Manager Link Resolver support). The OCLC reaches More than 60,000 libraries in 112 countries and territories globally.

The new partnership was communicated in an article published in the November 12 edition of OCLC Abstracts. The partnership promotes the benefits of OpenURL standards-based journal article linking and the adoption of image-based linking, which both Scirus Library Partners and the WorldCat Link Manager Link Resolver supports.


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