Science publishers announce references linking service


Subject: Science publishers announce references linking service
From: Barbara Schleihagen (eblida@nblc.nl)
Date: ke 24 marras 1999 - 10:57:34 EET


Press release from: http://www.doi.org/
For your information. Kind regards,
Barbara Schleihagen
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Contact:
Susan Spilka (Wiley)
(212) 850-6147
sspilka@wiley.com

Reference Linking Service to Aid Scientists Conducting Online
Research Scientific and Scholarly Publishers Collaborate to Offer
Ground-Breaking Initiative

New York, N.Y. November 16, 1999. Twelve leading scientific and
scholarly publishers announced today that they are
collaborating on an innovative, market-driven reference-linking
initiative that will change the way scientists use the Internet to
conduct online research. The reference-linking service represents an
unprecedented, cooperative effort among Academic Press, a
Harcourt Science and Technology Company (NYSE:H); American
Association for the Advancement of Science (the publisher of
Science); American Institute of Physics (AIP); Association for
Computing Machinery (ACM); Blackwell Science; Elsevier
Science (NYSE:ENL) (NYSE:RUK); The Institute of Electrical and
Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE); Kluwer Academic
Publishers( a Wolters Kluwer Company); Nature; Oxford University
Press; Springer-Verlag; and John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
(NYSE:JWa) (NYSE:JWb). It is expected to launch during the first
quarter of 2000.

Researchers will be able to move easily from a reference in a journal
article to the content of a cited journal article, typically
located on a different server and published by a different publisher. At
the outset, approximately three million articles across
thousands of journals will be linked through this service, and more
than half a million more articles will be linked each year
thereafter. This will enhance the efficiency of browsing and reading the
primary scientific and scholarly literature. Such linking will
enable readers to gain access to logically related articles with one or
two clicks -- an objective widely accepted among
researchers as a natural and necessary part of scientific and scholarly
publishing in the digital age.

The reference-linking service will be run from a central facility which
will be managed by an elected Board and will operate in
cooperation with the International Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
Foundation. It will contain a limited set of metadata, allowing the
journal content and links to remain distributed at publishers' sites.
Each publisher will set its own access standards, determining
what content is available to the researcher following a link (such as
access to the abstract or to the full text of an article, by
subscription, document delivery, or pay-per-view, etc.). The service
is being organized as a not-for-profit entity to safeguard the
independence of each participating publisher to set their own access
standards and conditions.

The service, which is based on a prototype developed by Wiley and
Academic Press, was developed in cooperation with the
International DOI Foundation and builds on work by the Association
of American Publishers and the Corporation for National
Research Initiatives. It takes advantage of the DOI standard and other
World Wide Web standards and Internet technology. By
taking a standards-based approach the international initiative is
confident that the sophisticated demands of the readers of scientific
and scholarly journals for linking of references can be implemented
broadly and rapidly.

Representatives of the participating publishers and the International
DOI Foundation are in active discussions with other scientific
and scholarly primary journal publishers to make this a broad-based,
industry-wide initiative. Through the reference-linking service
publishers will have an easy, efficient and scalable means to add links
to their online journals.

Interviews will be arranged upon request.

ACADEMIC PRESS (A HARCOURT SCIENCE AND
TECHNOLOGY COMPANY) www.academicpress.com

Contact:
Ken Metzner
(619) 699-6830
kmetzner@acad.com

QUOTE FROM DR. PIETER BOLMAN, PRESIDENT OF
ACADEMIC PRESS
"Using open standards will allow any primary publisher to easily
participate in the reference-linking service while retaining control
of their content. Linking in this way enables 'virtual aggregation' and
removes the need for libraries to have multiple electronic
subscriptions to the same content through different vendors. Readers
of online journals will be able to go directly from references
to the original content at publishers' sites."
                                                 

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF
SCIENCE (THE PUBLISHER OF SCIENCE)
www.sciencemag.org

Contact:
Nan Broadbent
Director, News and Information
(202) 326-6440
nbroadbe@aaas.org

QUOTE FROM RICHARD NICHOLSON, EXECUTIVE
OFFICER OF THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE
ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE AND PUBLISHER OF
SCIENCE:
"This reference-linking service marks the natural progression in online
publishing by science journals. More researchers today are
using the Internet in their work and this service will allow them to do
so more quickly and efficiently. By providing this service we
are able to fulfill one of our long-time goals -- meeting the needs of the
scientific community.”"

QUOTE FROM FLOYD E. BLOOM, MD, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
OF SCIENCE:
"This cooperative service creating links among online scientific papers
should be recognized as a major step forward in gaining
access to the recent body of literature, greatly surpassing any other
private or government sponsored resource. Scholars
everywhere should rejoice."

 
AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS (AIP) www.aip.org

Contact:
Tim Ingoldsby
Director of Business Development
(631) 576 2266
TINGOLDSBY@AIP.ORG

QUOTE FROM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND CEO, MARC
BRODSKY:

"When physicists first conceived of the World Wide Web, they
envisioned that it would allow researchers to easily follow ideas
from concept through completion. This initiative is a giant step toward
the realization of that vision."

ASSOCIATION FOR COMPUTING MACHINERY
www.acm.org

Contact:
Bernard Rous
ACM Deputy Director of Publications
(212) 626--0660

BLACKWELL SCIENCE http://bslnet.blackwell-science.com/
                                                

Contact:
Robert Campbell
Managing Director
+44 1865 206000
robert.campbell@blacksci.co.uk

QUOTE FROM ROBERT CAMPBELL, GROUP MANAGING
DIRECTOR

"We are delighted that the STM publishing community has been able
to follow up so quickly on the Press Release issued by the
STM Association at the start of the International Book Fair at
Frankfurt. The enthusiasm for this initiative from the societies for
whom we publish has been extremely encouraging."
 

ELSEVIER SCIENCE www.elsevier.com

Contact:
Karen Hunter
Senior Vice President, Elsevier Science
(212) 633-3787
k.hunter@elsevier.com

QUOTE FROM JOHN REGAZZI, MANAGING DIRECTOR,
ELECTRONIC PUBLISHING, ELSEVIER SCIENCE

“It is said that 'a rising tide lifts all boats.' By working together to
further enhance the value of electronic journals, primary
publishers will improve the efficiency and productivity of all scientists.”

THE INSTITUTE OF ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONICS
ENGINEERS, INC. (IEEE) www.ieee.org

Contact:
Helen L. Horwitz
Staff Director Corporate Communications
(732) 562 6821
h.horwitz@ieee.org

QUOTE FROM LLOYD “PETE” MORLEY, IEEE VICE
PRESIDENT, PUBLICATIONS ACTIVITIES, AND INTERIM
DEPARTMENT HEAD, ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING, THE
UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT TUSCALOOSA.

“As a professional association, one of the IEEE's primary goals is to
facilitate the dissemination of technical information.
Participating in this reference linking initiative is an important way to
achieve that goal. Adding new functions to journal articles
like reference linking is a major step towards realizing the promise of
electronic publishing.”

INTERNATIONAL DIGITAL OBJECT IDENTIFIER
FOUNDATION www.doi.org

Contact:
Norman Paskin
Director, International DOI Foundation
+44 1865 843798
n.paskin@doi.org

QUOTE FROM NORMAN PASKIN, DIRECTOR OF THE
INTERNATIONAL DOI FOUNDATION:

"The Foundation is very pleased to see the commitment to implement
DOIs in this large-scale application by major publishing
houses way so soon after we have defined a framework for such
applications. Scientific communication is founded on persistent
links between articles - citations - which create a permanent record of
the relationships between scientists' publications. Building a
system that embodies these links using unique persistent identifiers,
actionable on the Web, is an excellent implementation of the
DOI."

KLUWER ACADEMIC PUBLISHERS (A WOLTERS KLUWER
COMPANY) www.wolters-kluwer.com

Contact:
Alexander Schimmelpenninck
Director Corporate Communications
Wolters Kluwer N.V.
tel. +31 20 60 70 335
aschimmelpenninck@wolterskluwer.com

QUOTE FROM JEFF SMITH, PRESIDENT KLUWER
ACADEMIC PUBLISHERS

"This initiative is in line with Kluwer Academic Publishers' strategy to
meet the specific requirements of scientists to have
available a universe of linked scientific content and articles.
Meanwhile, we preserve our independence in maintaining the special
relationship we are building with our own group of customers."

 
OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS www.oup.co.uk

Contact:
Martin J Richardson
Publishing Director
+44 (0)1865 267780
richarm@oup.co.uk

NATURE www.nature.com
   
Contact:
Stefan von Holtzbrinck
Managing Director, Nature Publishing Group
+44 011 171 843 4632

QUOTE FROM JOHANNES VELTEROP, PUBLISHING
DIRECTOR NATURE:

"This is extremely good news for the active scientists and researchers
all over the world. The interest of the users of scientific
information is put at the centre of the stage again, and publishers
clearly recognise the imperative of serving the research
community in the very best way the new technology allows."
 

SPRINGER-VERLAG http://link.springer-ny.com/
http://link.springer.de/
                                                

QUOTE FROM RUDIGER GEBAUER, PRESIDENT AND CEO,
SPRINGER-VERLAG

“Springer has been a long-time supporter of the DOI and reference
linking. We recommend that others join this initiative to help
facilitate the rapid dissemination of scientific information. Journal
article reference linking is just the beginning. This may be the
watershed initiative that promotes cross-publisher communication to
ultimately enhance the online users experience.”
                                                

JOHN WILEY & SONS, INC. www.interscience.wiley.com
www.wiley.com
                                                 

Contact:
Susan Spilka
Corporate Communications Director
(212) 850-6147
sspilka@wiley.com

QUOTE FROM ERIC A. SWANSON, SENIOR VICE
PRESIDENT, STM PUBLISHING:

"We strongly encourage broad-based participation in this initiative by
primary journal publishers. Publishers need only have online
journal content with metadata that can be tagged with DOIs. This
reference linking service will enable us to serve our customers
better."



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