Science Direct releases new interface improvements

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ScienceDirect introduces interface improvements September 6

This month’s release offers users a new and more unified interface on the My Alerts page. The alert page enhancements make it easier to modify, save and delete alerts without having to leave the page. In addition, search types have been reordered for easier selection and users can now choose between journal, topic and search alerts. In addition, the order of the email contents have changed with Table of Contents now listed first and Articles in Press second. Users can get started with these new alert tools by opening the dropdown menu from the ‘+’ symbol adjacent to their username on ScienceDirect and choosing the ‘Manage My Alerts’ option.

Do More with Mendeley, Book Citations and Document Download

Exporting PDF options have also improved  and users can now download and save multiple ‘Recommended Articles’ to Mendeley for later review.  Another new function with this release is the ability to export book citations without having to download the citations first. Lastly, this release includes a new more reliable and faster document download manager.

Seamless export to Mendeley

You can now, easily and seamlessly, export citations and/or full text PDF articles directly from ScienceDirect into Mendeley.
From the article page, choose the export menu and directly save the citation to Mendeley.

The newly integrated Mendeley importer lets you download a PDF full text article and save to your Mendeley library, together with tags and any notes you wish to add about the article.

About ScienceDirect

ScienceDirect contains over 25% of the world’s science, technology and medical published content. UML has full text access to 1,590 peer-reviewed journals with citations and detailed abstracts available for over 1,000 other journals. Apart from the sciences, computer science, mathematics, business and economics are also covered. In addition, the Backfiles program offers the ability to search a historical archive of over 6.75 million articles back to Volume 1, Issue 1. The collections contain 4 million articles prior to 1995, and 2.75 million articles from after 1994.

ScienceDirect scheduled maintenance outage

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ScienceDirect products and services are expected to be offline and unavailable for approximately 4 hours on November 7th and 6 hours on November 13th. During this time, upgrades will be implemented and maintenance performed.

November 7:
• U.S. Eastern Standard Time (EST): 2:00AM -6:00AM

November 13:
• U.S. Eastern Standard Time (EST); 8:00AM – 2:00PM

ScienceDirect is a leading full-text scientific database offering the UML community full-text access to nearly 2,200 academic journal mostly available from 1995 to the current issue. Broad subject areas are covered in the sciences, health and medicine, computer science, mathematics, and business and economics. In total, there are currently more than 9.5 million journal articles and book chapters available in ScienceDirect, a content base that is growing at a rate of almost 0.5 million additions per year.

ScienceDirect is a part of Elsevier. Headquartered in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, the company is the world’s largest scientific, technical and medical information provider and publishes over 2,000 journals as well as books and secondary databases.

ScienceDirect integrates content from NextBio and PANGAEA

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ScienceDirect  is collaborating with two third-party providers to bring more sources of information together under the ScienceDirect platform.

Integrating external data sources from these two outside providers with ScienceDirect enables researchers to find contextual information directly connected to full-text articles, thus providing context around the content and accelerating scientific research.

Currently, two collaborations with third party providers now provide extended coverage for selected articles on ScienceDirect:

The NextBio integration allows researchers to simultaneously search and obtain deeper insights from publicly available data sources as well as related ScienceDirect content. This collaboration allows for an integration of NextBio’s unique set of ontology-based semantic tools.

While most scientific information on genes, pathways, diseases, tissues and compounds is available online, it currently resides in various, disconnected, locations. Enhancing ScienceDirect with NextBio’s biomedical ontology framework enables life sciences, health sciences and chemistry researchers to analyze ScienceDirect content and search ScienceDirect peer-reviewed literature together with publicly available research data from PubMed, clinical trials, experimental data, and news articles, on one single platform thus improving discoverability and research productivity.

PANGAEA (Publishing Network for Geoscientific & Environmental Data)
ScienceDirect now provides direct links to geoscientific and environmental datasets from PANGAEA. Research data sets deposited at PANGAEA are now automatically linked to the corresponding articles in Elsevier journals on its ScienceDirect electronic platform and vice versa. The Elsevier-PANGAEA cooperation results from recent recommendations of funding bodies and international organizations to provide web accessibility to research data produced by public funding.

About NextBio
NextBio is the provider of an innovative platform that enables life science researchers to search, discover, and share knowledge locked within public and proprietary data. Delivered as a SaaS (Software as a Service) solution, NextBio’s platform seamlessly combines powerful tools with unique correlated content to transform information into knowledge, providing the foundation for new scientific discoveries.

PANGAEA is a data library which links primary data related to articles in earth and environmental science journals and thus may serve some hundred journals of the Elsevier portfolio. In the first phase, more than 1 000 articles from various earth science journals were linked. The data is freely available from the publication’s page in ScienceDirect, without a login or subscription. PANGAEA, as a library, is open to any field of earth system research, enabling a bibliographic citation of datasets with identification via DOI and a widespread distribution through portals, libary catalogs and search engines, which is currently unique on the Internet.
PANGAEA is operated by the research institutions AWI and MARUM.

About ScienceDirect
Over a quarter of the world’s full-text scientific, technical and medical (STM) peer-reviewed articles are available in ScienceDirect. Over nine million articles are available online, including Articles in Press which offer online access to recently accepted manuscripts.

With over 2,300 full text journals available to UMass Lowell users, ScienceDirect offers the most extensive database of authoritative titles from the core scientific literature, including high-impact factor titles such as THE LANCET, Cell and Tetrahedron.

ScienceDirect new platform release

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The ScienceDirect is upgrading to a new platform release on January 23, 2010.  During the upgrade process, ScienceDirect will be unavailable for approximately 12 hours from 8:00AM EST Saturday, January 23 to 8:00PM EST.

This new release will help solve the following challenges:

Better reading experience:
The article/chapter page has been redesigned to improve the online reading experience. There is now a better balanced design and focus on the article and its related features helping researchers to accelerate their scientific research as well as increase research productivity.

 Extension of graphical abstracts for chemists:
Graphical abstracts have been extended to email alerts, RSS feeds and ‘email article’ functionality to allow researchers from the Chemistry field to more quickly evaluate articles.

 Better books search:
Individual volume titles have been added to the “Browse” and “Quick Search” options on ScienceDirect. This will enable users to immediately find any book on ScienceDirect, whether it is known to them by the series name or by the volume title.

 Advanced and expert search available off campus:
Information retrieval has been made easier for non-licensed and off-campus/remote users by opening-up the Advanced and Expert Search for all users. In addition, all users can now also benefit from setting up search alerts, save searches and RSS functionality available from the Quick Search result page (this is already available in Advanced and Expert search).

More search refinement:
ScienceDirect suggests “Topics” in the form of keywords that you can effortlessly add to your current search in order to refine it further and easily get to the results you need. The Topics are terms that appear frequently within the articles in your current search results set. This provides you three benefits:

1.You can see at a glance whether the current set of results is on track for what you are looking for, by scanning the most frequently occurring terms.

2.You can easily select additional terms from the list to add to your search, thereby drilling down to the results you need.

3.You may also discover new terms or Topics you were not previously aware of, which will help you find new and novel insights.

ScienceDirect upgrade outage Jan. 23

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ScienceDirect will be unavailable due to scheduled upgrade maintenance for approximately 12 hours from 8:00AM EST Saturday, January 23 to 8:00PM EST.

ScienceDirect and Scopus Unavailable Sat. Sept. 19

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ScienceDirect and Scopus will be unavailable due to scheduled maintenance for approximately 13 hours from 8:00 A.M. Saturday, September 19, until approximately 9:00 P.M., according to an announcement from Elsevier. Both databases will be inaccessible during those hours.