DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, USA July 9, 2000: Endeavor Information Systems announced today Elsevier's ScienceDirect Web editions will be offered to Endeavor customers through their Voyager integrated library management systems. This access to the full text articles of Elsevier's 1200 electronic journals in the sciences, technology and medicine will enable Endeavor's customers to offer integrated full text access to these journals from their library systems.
The integration of ScienceDirect Web editions with Endeavor's Voyager system is an example of "content over Voyager," a strategic initiative to provide access to all types of data, including electronic journal content, through the local library system. Endeavor and Elsevier are cooperating at a number of levels, and both companies are committed to making this vision of the digital library a reality. Library users benefit with the combination of full text access with other titles in the library's collection for broader search and retrieval of research information, seamlessly from any workstation, local or remote.
ScienceDirect Web editions is Elsevier's introductory online offering of electronic journals. Print subscribers can gain access to electronic versions of Elsevier's journals to their subscribed journals at no cost. ScienceDirect Web editions contain the PDF versions, and soon fully searchable HTML versions, of articles published in Elsevier journals on a twelve month rolling basis. Web editions is designed as a current awareness service with desktop access to recently published articles and as a beginning step to the digital library.
Voyager libraries will be able to access Web editions in two ways:
- Article level access-- The index of citations and abstracts for the articles in Web editions is being mounted as an Endeavor Citation Server database. This reference tool is being made available free to all customers and is housed and managed on a server at Endeavor headquarters. Voyager customers will connect seamlessly through Voyager's public access module. The index can be configured as a database in any customer's system and can be included in a simultaneous search along with other databases and catalogs in Voyager.
With article level access, the library's patrons have keyword access to all of the data in the citation or the abstract. A single click takes them to the full text of the article on the Elsevier ScienceDirect platform for the journals to which the library subscribes.
- Journal level access-- Endeavor customers can download a file of bibliographic records for the Elsevier journals from the Endeavor SupportWeb site and import those records into their Voyager database. These records contain URLs to the electronic journals themselves. The URL allows direct access to the electronic journal from the bibliographic record in the Voyager catalog for the journals to which the library subscribes.
In both cases, the Endeavor systems are treated as "trusted hosts" for access to the articles themselves. A click-through license will be offered to the Endeavor customers. This license provides free electronic access to ScienceDirect Web editions for the journals to which the library currently has a print subscription. Once that is activated, no further patron authentication is required to access the electronic full text articles on the Elsevier servers.
Those Endeavor customers who have also licensed Endeavor's Citation Server module have an automatic check of the local library holdings for the journal, as well as all of the direct and algorithmic links provided by Citation Server's linking technologies. Even if the library does not have Citation Server, it will have access to the citations and abstracts as a no cost reference database, as well as direct access to the full text electronic content for their journals.
ScienceDirect is the world's largest provider of full-text electronic databases of scientific, technical, and medical information. Subscribers receive desktop access to the full text of nearly 1,200 journals representing more than one million full-text articles plus links to thousands more journal articles published by Elsevier Science and other leading STM publishers.
ScienceDirect is a unit of Elsevier Science and part of the Reed Elsevier PLC group, a leading provider of information to the STM, legal, and business communities. Visit http://www.sciencedirect.com for more information about ScienceDirect.
Endeavor Information Systems Incorporated, based in Des Plaines, Illinois, was founded in 1994. Over 700 academic and research libraries of every size have chosen Voyager, Endeavor's high performance library system. Visit Endeavor at http://www.endinfosys.com for more information.