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Elsevier announces product enhancements for 1997.

Elsevier Science's Secondary Publishing Division (SPD) has announced a variety of enhancements to its product lines scheduled for implementation throughout 1997. According to the company, all changes are specifically designed to increase the value and ease-of-use of SPD's database products and services.

Expanded Coverage in EMBASE and EMBASE Alert

Coverage of two subject areas--pharmacy and pharmacoeconomics--will expand significantly in both EMBASE, the Excerpta Medica database, and its companion current-awareness file, EMBASE Alert. Over 200 additional journals will be included in the EMBASE collection, and approximately 700 new indexing terms will be added to the EMTREE thesaurus. Two link terms will be introduced: pharmacoeconomics and disease management. Coverage of medical devices will also be expanded through additional journal coverage.

Approximately 385,000 records will be added to EMBASE this year, representing a 10,000-record increase compared to the previous year. On average, 7,400 records will be delivered each week, and the database will include more than 7 million records by the end of the year.

New & Expanded Data Fields

According to Elsevier, EMBASE and EMBASE Alert records will offer users enhanced information about each document captured for the database through the addition of several new and expanded fields. Implementation of these new fields will vary by vendor.

The database policy for the number of author names captured per record will increase from 20 to 100 names per article. SPD is also introducing two new fields: One will contain information on authors' e-mail addresses and the other will provide information on the number of references included in the article.

The new Publisher Item Identifier (PII) field will enhance the user's ability to locate a single citation within the electronic environment, facilitating access to and retrieval of full-text electronic documents. The PII system was developed jointly by Elsevier Science, the American Chemical Society, the American Institute of Physics, The American Physical Society, and the IEEE. PIIs are intended to provide unique identifiers for individual published documents, and they will be captured whenever they appear in journal articles published by any of the participating publishers.

EMBASE and EMBASE Alert Available Online and on CD-ROM

EMBASE is currently available on six major international online hosts: DataStar, DIALOG, DIMDI, LEXIS-NEXIS, Ovid Online, and STN. It is available on CD-ROM from Ovid Technologies and SilverPlatter Information. EMBASE features coverage of drug research, pharmacology, pharmaceutics, pharmacy, and toxicology; clinical medicine, including disease management; basic biological sciences relevant to human medicine; biotechnology; bioengineering and biophysics; health affairs and pharmacoeconomics; psychiatry; environment and pollution; and forensic medicine. A variety of EMBASE subsets are available.

EMBASE Alert, a companion file to EMBASE, is a current-awareness file that provides rapid access to the latest drug and biomedical literature published throughout the world. According to the company, EMBASE Alert allows the user to retrieve critical information before most other current-awareness online bibliographic files and diskette services have information available to search. EMBASE Alert is currently available online on DataStar, DIALOG, DIMDI, and STN. It is also available on CD-ROM from SilverPlatter Information and Aries Systems Knowledge Finder. EMBASE Alert complements EMBASE, which contains information from 1974 to the present, and EMBASE Alert online is updated weekly and features a rolling file containing the most recent eight weeks of literature. The records in EMBASE Alert will appear later in EMBASE as fully indexed records.

Source: Elsevier Science, Secondary Publishing Division, New York, 800/457-3633, 212/633-3980; Fax 212/633-3975.
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