Taking Inventory

Science  01 Jan 1999:
Vol. 283, Issue 5398, pp. 32
DOI: 10.1126/science.283.5398.32

The start of a new year provides a logical time to take stock of one's merchandise. In that light, let us consider our stock of tools for readers of Science. Since beginning our online activities in the spring of 1995, Science has continually added to the list of options available to the scientific community (see http://www.sciencemag.org/subscriptions/table.htm). Everyone may freely view the Tables of Contents of current and back issues, link to supplementary materials that go “Beyond the Printed Page” (for example, Caenorhabditis elegans's genomic harvests), and search our extensive online archives by key words and authors. Technical Comments, summarized in print, have been available free with full text and figures online since January 1998. Also free for all are two offerings from our Business Department: Science's Professional Network, where users will find classified ads on career opportunities and meetings, and the Electronic Marketplace, which offers information on new products and direct links to catalogs, brochures, and technical applications in its Literature Library.

For those willing to complete a simple registration form, additional access is provided to the online summaries of all the research and news items of an issue, available globally each Thursday around 5 p.m. eastern standard time. Registered users also get the abstracts of all research papers and the weekly editorial. And beginning in the near future, registered users of Science Online will be able to request our weekly Content Awareness Alerts. These are e-mailed notifications that new content has been posted, including the weekly Table of Contents, the summaries of This Week in Science and Science News This Week, and hot papers on which the embargo may have been lifted. Registered users can now also access NetWatch online to allow direct linking to its highlighted Web pages. Currently more than 50,000 readers have registered for these and other services.

Members of AAAS who have opted to pay the $12 annual supplement for Science Online access (of which there are more than 35,000 at present) also get the full-length content of all our materials, the hyperlinked enhancements to selected Perspectives, and the ability to access papers cited by Science authors across the HighWire Press journals. Another feature, called CiteTrack, provides subscribers with individualized e-mail notification of new content in Science or a participating HighWire journal that matches select key words or authors.

Last fall, we began to offer a new way for subscribers to survey our holdings in various fields, which we call “Collections.” This service offers one-click access to our complete archives of Research, Compass, and News items grouped under major topic headings and organized with the most recent content at the top.

Subscribers to Science Online also receive access to the daily news items of Science News on the Web (Science NOW), which features breaking news of a research or science policy nature, and to Science's Next Wave, which features career guidance tips and GrantsNet, an online database of funding sources for life scientists. Science Online will soon also provide—as part of an arrangement with the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI)—links from references cited in Science papers to abstracts of cited articles, as well as links to a list of related articles in the ISI electronic archives.

Faculty and students who are not members of AAAS can access Science Online's products through special institutional subscriptions priced separately for large and small institutions. For other nonmembers, Science with this issue commences a Pay Per Visit service, offering the capability of purchasing a single article or one-day access to the entire site.

At Science, we know we may be giving you more tools than you may think you have time to use. But scholars are like homeowners and hobbyists for whom having the right tool when they need it is essential. We think that we offer our readers a user-friendly, powerful tool kit. Of course, we're not stopping here. We'd welcome learning more about the tools you would find most helpful.

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