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GeoScience World


GeoScienceWorld - a new world of Earth science publishing opens up
December 22, 2003 Six leading Earth science societies and one institute
have agreed to develop cooperatively an electronic research resource
unprecedented in the Earth sciences

Called GeoScienceWorld (GSW), it will deliver online the aggregated
journal content of the founding organizations and many other
not-for-profit and independent Earth science publishers. The collection
will feature full text searches across the aggregated journals and
reference linking between included journal articles and, where possible,
other online journals. GeoRef, the premier bibliographic database in our
field, will be fully integrated into GSW expanding the search capability
to include nearly all geoscience literature using a controlled vocabulary
and providing direct linking to full text articles and abstracts within
and outside the aggregation. With time, other material such as maps,
books, and geoscience digital data will be included or inter-linked on an
optional participation basis with content owners. When technically
practical, GSW would include non-English publications.

For two years the founding organizations - American Association of
Petroleum Geologists, American Geological Institute, Geological Society of
America, Geological Society of London, Mineralogical Society of America,
Society for Sedimentary Geology, and Society of Exploration Geophysicists
- have been developing plans for GeoScienceWorld. Final agreement allows
implementation of the plan. A prospectus will be sent in January to all
societies and other journal publishers potentially interested in
participating. A free trial period for potential subscribers is
anticipated during the summer of 2004 with a fall launch date for paid
online subscriptions