BIOSIS Puts methodsBASE on TheScientificWorld

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TheScientificWorld (http://www.thesci entificworld.com) has launched methodsBASE, a new file on its system that consists of the MethodsFinder file from BIOSIS (http://www.biosis.org) with some new content and features. On TheScientificWorld site, methodsBASE will have links to full-- text articles and documents supplied from sciBASE, the megabase covering input from several established databases (MEDLINE, CAB Abstracts, and others) as well as full-- text sources. It will also integrate with Lab Shelf, a service that allows users to purchase equipment and materials directly. As in MethodsFinder, users will have the option to add and publish protocols directly into methodsBASE.

The methodsBASE file covers studies that are relevant to laboratory work in the life sciences, including research and preparation, instrumentation, equipment specifications, measurement and analysis techniques, and experimental protocols and methods. The core of the 175,000-record methodsBASE continues to come from articles identified in the main Biological Abstracts bibliographic database. Articles that reflect substantive content on the methods used in life sciences carry pointers in the main BIOSIS file. Once identified, these records are transferred to methodsBASE. The original MethodsFinder file also added original records covering patents and links to manufacturers' and suppliers' Web sites, and these are also available in methodsBASE. The file updates weekly and allows browsing as well as searching. The methodsBASE service also offers current-awareness alerts based on user-interest profiles through the pupALERT service. Users of methodsBASE who are interested in posting their own protocols can use the i-PUBLISH feature on TheScientificWorld.

In announcing the new methodsBASE file, Jeffrey Hillier, president of information services at TheScientificWorld, Inc., said, "The integration of methodsBASE into our product offerings will continue to empower users to put research findings from disparate sources, including databases, into a relevant and scientifically useful context." According to Hillier, the methodsBASE service is now available only to institutional subscribers for $2,500 as a base price for a site license. In the future, they may also offer pay-per-view access. Currently, interested parties can have a free trial of the service.

The subscription pricing model reflects the same approach taken in marketing the old MethodsFinder file. Initially that file came out priced at $6,000 annually, but quickly dropped to $3,000. …