The Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) has announced the development of a CD-ROM version of Current Contents. Scheduled for shipment in February 1994, Current Contents on CD-ROM will be a one-year rolling file, updated weekly, with searchable abstracts.
Current Contents is ISI's weekly table-of-contents service available in a variety of formats—print, online, diskette, magnetic tape, and now CD-ROM. Each edition includes complete bibliographic data for every item listed on the journal contents page. Additional information from the actual journal pages—author abstracts, author keywords, and reprint authors with complete addresses, are available for most formats.
Initially, ISI will release four editions of Current Contents on CD-ROM: Life Sciences; Clinical Medicine; Agriculture, Biology and Environmental Sciences; and Physical, Chemical and Earth Sciences.
Current Contents on CD-ROM will use OVID, the search software from CD PLUS Technologies, Inc. OVID 3.0 was released in early 1993. It offers a common user interface that accommodates the searcher's operating system of choice—DOS or Windows. In addition, OVID serves all levels of experience, from the novice user to the trained searcher.
Current Contents on CD-ROM with OVID also offers the ability to selectively identify results so that full-text document orders can be easily generated. Orders can then be faxed or mailed to The Genuine Article, 151's full-text document delivery service. A library will be able to tag its holdings directly on the file so that users can first consider ordering documents from their own library.
A new subscription to Current Contents on CD-ROM will include a 1993 archival CD, weekly updates—consisting of a 52-week cumulative rolling file—and the 1994 annual, when published. Multiple-edition discounts will be available.
Prices for a single workstation subscription for all except Current Contents: Life Sciences are $1,995 per edition per year; networked for up to three simultaneous users increases the price to $9,975 per edition per year; and networked for 4 or more concurrent users increases the price to $12,280 per edition per year. The prices for Current Contents: Life Sciences are $2,495, $12,475, and $15,360 per year respectively. There are discounts for multiple edition subscriptions.
[Contact: Institute for Scientific Information, 3501 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104; (800) 334-4474 or (215) 386-0100, ext. 1483; Fax (215) 386-2911.]