Software Provides Links to Full-Text Articles

OpenLinks, the full-text linking software from Ovid, is expanding to offer subscribers links to the more than 3,700 journals available from CrossRef member publishers. Links to 1,170 titles from CrossRef member publisher Elsevier are available. Links to titles from more than 65 other CrossRef member publishers will be added soon. The total number of journals available through OpenLinks will increase from 2,100 to more than 5,000.

First introduced in June 2000, Ovid OpenLinks is a software service that links researchers from Ovid’s bibliographic databases to full-text scientific, medical and technical articles available on external publisher Web sites. CrossRef is a nonprofit collaboration that offers links to full-text articles at publishers’ sites. CrossRef has a database of metadata for three million articles from 3,700 journals, from more than 65 different publishers.

Access to the full-text articles on publishers’ sites is controlled by each publisher’s online journal system. To implement OpenLinks, customers purchase electronic subscriptions to full-text journals from publishers. Through proprietary OpenLinks software, live links to full-text articles are customized for each subscriber. These links are created and added to Ovid search results for the titles and years selected by subscribers. This makes it possible to search the Ovid collection of bibliographic databases in one unified interface, while still maintaining immediate and direct links to multiple full-text publishers. Ovid Technologies, New York, NY, www.ovid.com.

This article originally appeared in the 06/01/2001 issue of THE Journal.

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