British Library: Archival Sound Recordings

Following a number of queries about establishing Athens authenticated access to the audio content in the BL: Archival Sound Recordings collection, we are currently awaiting receipt of the HE licence from the BL for our review. It is expected that we will be able to provide access to the audio content fairly early in the new year, and will set up access routes once this is available.

New resource: Journal Citation Reports

Access has now been set up to Journal Citation Reports on the ISI-Web of Knowledge platform. Access is direct on-campus; Athens username and password is required for off-campus access. Two collections are available: JCR Science Edition (2005); JCR Social Science Edition (2005). The resource is described as follows:

Journal Citation Reports allows you to evaluate and compare journals using citation data drawn from over 7,500 scholarly and technical journals from more than 3,300 publishers in over 60 countries. It is the only source of citation data on journals, and includes virtually all areas of science, technology, and social sciences. Journal Citation Reports can show you the: most frequently cited journals in a field; the highest impact journals in a field; and the largest journals in a field. Citation and article counts are important indicators of how frequently current researchers are using individual journals. By tabulating and aggregating citation and article counts, JCR offers a valuable tool for journal evaluation and comparison.

Two way linking between the Ulrich’s Periodical Directory and ISI-Web of Knowledge is also available. Where a listing for a journal exists in JCR, a record display in Ulrich’s will offer a link to the relevant record in JCR (see illustration below [click on thumbnail for full-size version]):


For each journal listing in JCR a direct link to the record for the title in Ulrich’s is provided (see illustration below [click on thumbnail for full-size version]).


JCR does not support outbound OpenURL linking, so no direct connection from a JCR record to an SFX menu is possible. However, it may be possible to to provide a link from a JCR record to the listing for the journal in the LLR library catalogue (where a record for the title is available). Negotiations with JCR’s technicians are continuing on this. (The existing JCR: Social Sciences 1997-2001 networked CD-ROM will continue to be listed separately in eSearch and the subject web portal.)

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SFX linking to Academic Search Elite

Some connections from SFX to ejournal titles hosted in the Academic Search Elite database are currently generating error messages. If you encounter any problems connecting to ASE hosted titles (or to any other titles on the EBSCO platform), please send eServices a screen-grab and details of the failed citation to assist with debugging.

Access to Oxford University Press ejournals

OUP have reported that they are experiencing problems with full-text access to some of their ejournal titles. Selective testing has not identified any issues with sample titles from our subscription profile, but please advise eServices is you encounter any difficulties with OUP titles online.

Silverplatter downtime Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 December

Maintenance work on the ARC platform (used by Silverplatter) over the coming weekend means that there will be no access to the following databases on either Saturday or Sunday: OSH-ROM, Geography and ICONDA. Access to the Silveplatter-ARC versions of IBSS and BIOSIS will also be unavailable, but we provide prefered access to both these resources on the OVID platform, where service will continue uninterrupted. I will update on the status of these resources on Monday.

BCIS (Building Cost Information Service): pop-up blocker problem resolution

Colleagues in IS have been working with us to resolve the pop-up blocker problem which was preventing access to the BCIS database from on-campus workstations under the new Windows XP student image. This solution has been tested on a number of library workstations and appears to be working effectively. The resource prompts for BCIS have been updated accordingly:

04 December 2006: Access to BCIS should now be available again from all on-campus workstations. Please ensure that your browser’s pop-up blocker is switched off when attempting access. If you continue to experience problems, please contact the User Support Team.
Please let me have the details of any instances where the problem appears to be persisting. (In the first instance, please restart the workstation involved – to ensure that it has picked up the new config settings).

LLR has previously had a subscription which only allowed two customers to access BCIS at any one time. A revised agreement which will increase our simultaneous user level to 99 is in process – I will advise when this has been completed. Additionally, negotiations are currently continuing with BCIS to enable off-campus access to the service.