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Circulation & Readership
Many libraries are planning to shift their journal collections
from print to online in order to serve a wider audience and
to get as much high-quality content for their money as possible.
Some libraries want to channel their funding away from the
purchase of individual titles and into “whole collections” that
offer a critical mass of journals available through major
Expanded Access for Libraries in the Developing
World and China
Blackwell is involved in a number of major funding
initiatives in Developing World markets, which are extending the global circulation
of the journal. We also continue to establish new initiatives in China to
increase the current growth in subscription sales, online usage and to reduce
the incidence of piracy that is prevalent in the region.
We are delighted to report that the number of libraries
with access to Epilepsia has increased significantly during
2003. Worldwide consortia site access increased 28% in 2003.
Institutional subscriptions are renewed at 98% when compared
with figures as of December 2002 (compared with an industry
average of 5-10% decline).
There is growing evidence that online usage is becoming
a factor that libraries take into consideration when reviewing
their journals collections. In view of this we are very pleased
to see this substantial increase in the online usage of Epilepsia.
Online readership figures for Epilepsia increased by over
70% compared to 2002 figures; 158,923 articles have been
looked at on-screen and/or printed off during 2003. This
is a function of Epilepsia becoming available online in an
increasing number of sites, technological improvements resulting
in better searching and linking facilities and marketing
campaigns which have focused on raising readership.
We have continued to develop the functionality of Blackwell
Synergy over the past year in order to increase the usability
of Epilepsia online. We have improved the way researchers
can find and link into the journal and its content, and added
value to the online articles, such as through reference linking
and full-text searching. A major goal of 2003 has been to
improve the linking into, between, and out of the online
journals on Blackwell Synergy. Ensuring that we become compliant
with a range of industry standards, including Open URL linking,
OAI, Marc records, and COUNTER usage statistics, has facilitated
this. They ensure that librarians are better able to link
directly to Epilepsia from their library websites and that
students and researchers within major institutions can find
content relevant to them.
Another major improvement for 2003 has been allowing the
Google search engine to search through the full-text of articles
on Blackwell Synergy, bringing a large number of journal
readers and new users to the site. The large increase in
online usage seen in June can be partly attributed to this
technological improvement. Epilepsia benefited from this
enhancement immensely with 19,932 click-throughs from Google.
The reference linking within online articles has also seen
a marked improvement with the addition of forward linking
to articles that cite this article, related articles linking,
and links to several new databases where cited. As well as
a growing number of links with PubMed (MEDLINE), ISI Web
of Science, ADS and other publisher sites through CrossRef,
we have also now forged linking relationships with JSTOR,
CINAHL, CSA and CIS.
New Features of Epilepsia on Blackwell Synergy for
Reference linking partnerships with:
- JSTOR, so that references link to older cited content
in this archive database.
- Current Index of Statistics.
- Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, which includes databases
covering materials science, environmental sciences and
pollution management, biological sciences, aquatic sciences
and fisheries, biotechnology, engineering, computer science,
sociology, art history, and linguistics.
- Related articles linking enables readers to automatically
link to other articles that cover a similar topic.
Reference Manager helps readers to download article citations
directly into their own reference management software.
Research alerts enabling registered users to stay up to
date with articles that match their research area.
Google optimization so that researchers using this search
engine can more easily find content in the Blackwell online
Info area of Blackwell Synergy, which includes tips for
researchers to make better use of the
Compliance with industry standards:
- COUNTER-compliant usage statistics
- Marc21 records for importing into library online catalogues
- Open URL linking standards
- OAI metadata.
Articles available in two formats: PDF for printing; and
full-text HTML for reading on- screen and reference linking
to related articles.
Reference links are updated regularly and include:
- Forward links to other articles that cite this article,
taking readers forward in time through the literature.
- CrossRef links to cited articles in other journals,
and back again.
- Reference, keyword and author links directly to PubMed
(MEDLINE) and ISI Web of Science.
- Easy links to cited articles in other issues of Epilepsia.
- Screens can be customized with the society logo, conference
details, or other information relevant to Epilepsia.
- Table of contents email alerts keep readers up to date
with the latest content and allows them to click straight
through to the abstracts.
- Full-text searching within the online journals on Blackwell
Synergy so that readers can find articles matching keywords