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Re: When is a Journal a Journal (Was Biomed Aggregators)


This is an important distinction you are making and one worth exploring. 
As technology shifts from ASCII, to ASCII with imbedded images, to PDF for
a page image, the readers' perspectives and expectations are evolving as

Many "full-text" articles included by aggregators may not have images,
which means that they would not replace the page image which the user of
the print would see.  Aggregators may include lead articles, but
frequently omit more emphemeral material or that which may not be indexed,
such as letters to the editors, reviews, errata, ads, etc. 

To follow the print model, a library would provide Marc records only for
those titles 1) which are received in a full image version online, 2)
which are browseable via a table of contents and 3) which include all
parts cover-to-cover.  This replicates the print version and therefore a
marc record indicates that the title (book or journal - not a partial
version) is provided (either owned or licensed) by the library. 

Although the MARC record can provide information on an item below the
title level, with journals, isn't the MARC records typically used to
identify the journal at the title level while other publishers (secondary
and aggregators)  index at the article level? 

What message is being sent to the user and what are the benefits to
indicating that a title is held when only some of the articles are
included?  Cataloging is changing with the ideas about metadata describing
projects.  How does this affect the libraries' approach to providing
access to the contents of publications?  I'd be interested in th
cataloger's perspective.  Judy


Ann Okerson wrote:

> Below, I reproduce two extracts of messages:
> o from May Kay, who tells us about full text of journals avaiable through
> aggregators, but not accessible in the "usual sense" and
> o from David Goodman who says that this won't do, in part because of
> text-only features (though that could change quickly) but I suspect in
> part because through these aggregators, the journals are not accessible as
> journals, but rather as articles accessible through certain types of
> searches. That is, I'm not sure one could do a systematic search or a
> "browse" through, say, Science, via Lexis-Nexis, whereas one could do that
> through a subscription for the online version of Science.
> Before this topic was raised, I had already observed that a number of of
> academic library web sites feature e-journal sections in which ejournal
> titles are listed.  Why, I asked myself, does my institution list only
> 1,000 items or so, while others list thousands?  The difference was
> simple: the bigger lists include titles out of aggregators (Lexis, Ebsco,
> UMI, etc.) databases and at my place we have not considered those as
> "real" journals even though they are included in these databases.  Well, I
> shouldn't quite say that; rather I should say that we simply haven't
> thought about it and it is now time to do so.
> So, some of my questions are:
> 1.  Are the ejournals included in aggregators' databases *real?*
> 2.  How and how not?  For whom?
> 3.  Therefore, do they or do they not deserve to be enumerated in
>     in an ejournal list on our web sites?
> 4.  Should they be catalogued as an ejournal in our online catalog? We
>     do catalog individual titles that we license or can access as
>     *individual*
>     titles.
> 5.  Do the aggregators supply bib records for these ejournals?  If not,
>     how did you get them into your lists or catalogs?
> 6.  Is the answer "it depends?"  If so, on what does it depend?
> We very much welcome your thoughts on this matter.
> Ann Okerson
> Yale University
> ________________________
> David Goodman wrote:
> >Lexis-Nexis and Dow-Jones do not offer full-text access for any journal
> >in the usual current sense; they offer the actual words of the text only,
> >** without ** the illustrations and tables. This of course completely
> >rules them out of serious consideration in the sciences and, according to
> >my colleagues, in essentially all other areas also.
> Mary Kay wrote:
> >For those in pursuit of online access to Science:
> >
> >It's available fulltext on Lexis/Nexis 1983- , on Dow-Jones 1995- ,
> >and on Periodicals Abstracts fulltext file (which we subscribe here at
> >Humboldt) 1992- , according to the coverage lists.  I've accessed it on
> >DJ, could test the others if it would be helpful.
> >
> >Ann Okerson asked me if I would share the biology titles I identified on
> >L/N and D/J, so I'll do that.  I excluded most biotechnology and other
> >forms of applied biology so someone else might come up with a more
> >expanded list.  Humboldt State has an environmental and ecological
> >focus, so I was looking for such titles.

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