Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Journal Info. Database

Lund University Libraries, assisted by the National Library of Sweden, has created the database "Journal Info" http://jinfo.lub.lu.se/ a tool intended to help researchers choose journals in which to publish. The site includes such details as: in which database (s) a journal is indexed, how much a subscription costs, and which alternative OA journals exist. From the site's FAQs:

What is the purpose of the service?
The purpose is to provide an aid for the researcher in the selection of journal for publication. The publication market has continuously grown more and more complex. It is important to weigh in facts like scope and quality, but more recently also information about reader availability and library cost. The Lund University Libraries have made an attempt to merge all these items into one tool, giving the researcher the power to make informed choices.

How many journals are a part of the service?
The service currently covers about 18000 journals. That can be compared to about 25000 journals, which is the estimated number of scientific journals in circulation today.

Which databases do you survey for the databases item?
The service currently survey about 30 major databases, including the following: ABI/Inform, Art Index (Wilson), Arts and humanities citation index, ATLA Religion Database, Biosis Previews, Chemical Abstracts, Civil Engineering Database, Compendex, CSA Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts, CSA Social Services Abstracts, ERIC, FSTA, Geobase, GeoRef, Histical abstracts, Inspec, Information Political Science Abstract, LISA, MathSciNet, Medline, PsycINFO, RILM Abstracts of Music Litterature, Science Citation Index, Social Science Citation Index, The Philosopher's Index and Zoological Record.

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