OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Journals Partners Announced

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OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Journals Partners Announced


Nine publishers have agreed to offer more than 260 journals electronically to libraries through OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online (ECO), a new OCLC reference service scheduled to be released in the second quarter of this year.

Adis International; Blackwell Science Ltd.; Chapman & Hall, North America; Current Biology Ltd.; the Institution of Mechanical Engineers; MIT Press; the Royal Society of Chemistry; and Sigma Theta Tau International have signed contracts to offer journals electronically through Electronic Collections Online. Thomson Science and Professional Publishers, which includes Chapman & Hall Ltd. and Rapid Science, has announced its intent to participate. Additional content agreements are expected in the coming months.

OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online enables libraries to subscribe to large collections of academic journals, from many publishers in a discipline, and access them remotely through a single World Wide Web interface that supports cross-journal searching and extensive browsing.

"FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online is one of the first online systems to address the key issues necessary to make the transition from paper to electronic journals," said Rick Noble, vice president, OCLC Reference Services. "The system can accommodate thousands of journals, and libraries can choose the journals they want to include in their electronic collection. Journals will be loaded in their entirety, on or before their publication date. OCLC will also provide libraries with ongoing access to an archive of the journals they have subscribed to."

OCLC launched the world's first peer-reviewed online medical journal, the Online Journal of CURRENT CLINICAL TRIALS, in July 1992, according to the company. With FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online, OCLC says it is building on its experience in electronic publishing to provide libraries with a cost-effective way to access, archive, and manage large collections of electronic journals.

Libraries using Electronic Collections Online will subscribe to journals directly with publishers or subscription agents and access them remotely through the Web at OCLC's headquarters in Dublin, Ohio. …

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