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DIALOG Direct - High Priced T-of-C Service on the Internet

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DIALOG Direct - High Priced T-of-C Service on the Internet

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DIALOG Information Services has introduced a new product called DIALOG Direct that provides pre-publication lists of article titles delivered direct to corporate Internet e-mail addresses. The first version of DIALOG Direct taps six PJB Publications newsletters in the pharmaceutical, health care, and agro-chemical field. The six weekly newsletters are: SCRIP World Pharmaceutical News, Outcomes World Health Economic News (or Outcomes-Online-Plus), Clinica World Medical Device and Diagnostic News, Animal Pharm World Animal Health News, Agrow World Crop Protection News, and Agricultural Supply Industry. The same articles appear in the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Industry News Database (PHIND, File 130). The system drops article titles into Internet mailboxes daily. After reviewing titles, users can choose and order full-text articles. Ordered articles will appear in user mailboxes within 30 minutes or less after a request. Due to the publication schedules at PJB Publications, articles retrieved will arrive days before print newsletters.

DIALOG charges $40 a month administrative fees for daily title delivery to up to five e-mail boxes. The monthly price-per-mailbox declines with volume--20 mailboxes, $140/month, 50, $300, unlimited, $1,200 (the Executive Plan). Full-text articles cost $6.50 each, $1 more than on File 130.

Too High? Maybe Not

Why the high charges for this new tables-of-contents service? CARL Uncover Release routes tables of contents to Internet mailboxes within 48 hours of arrival of print issues for free. …

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