Press Release: OhioLINK Signs w/Academic Press Chrysanne Lowe 29 Jun 1996 03:45 UTC
PRESS RELEASE June 28, 1996 For Immediate Release Press Contact: Chrysanne Lowe (619) 699-6719 Journal Research is Online in Ohio San Diego, CA - OhioLINK, the state consortium of academic libraries and the State Library of Ohio, is directing researchers, faculty, professionals, and students to go online to do their research. The 35 member institutions of OhioLINK authorized a three-year agreement with Academic Press to access the publisher's complete collection of research journals via the world wide web of the internet. OhioLINK is the first US consortium to subscribe to Academic Press' IDEAL, the International Digital Electronic Access Library. "It's an exciting time" said Dr. Kenneth Metzner, Electronic Publishing Director of Academic Press. "The model of scientific communication is changing and we are energized by our association with forward-thinking users, authors, vendors, and libraries such as the members of OhioLINK. There has been much talk among libraries and publishers about the potential of the Virtual Library, but this agreement is one of the first large scale applications of the concept where full-text is involved." After years of debate and small scale tests conducted by publishers and libraries worldwide, Academic Press took the lead in January of this year, and mounted the full text of its 175 primary research journals onto IDEAL. Today, users can freely browse and search an average of over 2000 new articles a month using any standard web browser such as Netscape. Where others have mounted selected journals in defined subject areas, IDEAL presents a cross-disciplinary library of information ranging from the Physical Sciences and Mathematics to Biomedicine and Social Sciences. This breadth of coverage is unique from what is currently available in the online journal publishing arena, according to Dr. Metzner. Through the Academic Press Print and Electronic Access License (APPEAL), authorized users from licensed library consortia may view, search, print, and download complete articles. The features of the internet combined with the flexibility of this arrangement, allow the scientist an unprecedented freedom to access vital information. The first consortium to take advantage of APPEAL was the Higher Education Funding Councils of Britain (HEFC). HEFC now provides IDEAL to users at more than 160 academic institutions throughout the United Kingdom. "In creating this precedent-setting, win-win agreement we met Academic Press' goal of a stronger and more stable business position and ours of greatly enhanced access at an affordable cost," says Tom Sanville, Executive Director of OhioLINK, a statewide program many see as a model. "Our primary goal of providing the broadest access to information to our 500,000 students, faculty, and staff is significantly enhanced by making the Academic Press titles available over the network. We expect the utilization of these journals to rise rapidly over current levels." Ideal is located at http://www.idealibrary.com or http://www.europe.idealibrary.com. The journal Genomics can be accessed in full text form license-free until September 30, 1996, and Neurobiology of Diseases until December 1996. Interested library networks should contact: Dr. Kenneth Metzner, Vice President and Director of Electronic Publishing Academic Press, Inc. 525 B Street, Suite 1900, San Diego CA 92101 email: email@example.com or Taissa Kusma, Director of Online Product Development, Academic Press Inc. 1300 Boyston Street, Chestnut Hill MA 02167 email: firstname.lastname@example.org The OhioLINK consortium's homepage can be found at www.ohiolink.edu.