GeoScienceWorld to Launch Online Access to Leading Journals in the Earth Sciences

Title: GeoScienceWorld to Launch Online Access to Leading Journals in the Earth Sciences
Publication: The Outcrop, March 2004, p. 16

Six leading earth science societies and one institute have agreed to cooperatively develop GeoScienceWorld (GSW), an electronic research resource for the earth sciences. GSW will deliver online the aggregated journal content of both its founding organizations and many other not-for-profit and independent earth science publishers. The collection will feature full text searches across the aggregated journals and reference linking between included journal articles and, where possible, other online journals. GeoRef, the premier bibliographic database in the geosciences, will be fully integrated into GSW, expanding the search capability to include nearly all geoscience literature using a controlled vocabulary and providing direct linking to full text articles and abstracts within and outside the journals aggregation. With time, other material such as maps, books, and geoscience digital data will be included or inter-linked on an optional participation basis with content owners. When technically practical, GSW will include non-English publications.

For two years the founding organizations—American Association of Petroleum Geologists, American Geological Institute, Geological Society of America, Geological Society of London, Mineralogical Society of America, Society for Sedimentary Geology, and Society of Exploration Geophysicists—have been developing plans for GeoScienceWorld. Final agreement allows implementation of the plan.

A prospectus was to have been sent in January to societies and other journal publishers potentially interested in participating. A free trial period for potential subscribers is anticipated prior to the launch of paid online subscription service later this year. Charter online subscription rates will be announced this summer. More detailed information about GeoScienceWorld (GSW) can be found at http://www.GeoScienceWorld.org.

Note from Robbie Gries to RMAG members: GSW will also introduce a subscription price for consultants which involves purchasing a membership for about $750-1000 per year which designates a University in a developing country as the recipient. The consultant will then be treated like a faculty member of that University and have access to GSW including GeoRef. This is a really great way to access a library and assist hundreds of students and some other faculty members to have access to this resource. It is still a business expense in that it accesses the member to the geosciences necessary to do research within your consultancy. Think about countries that you might like to make a contribution in and give me a call for details! I can be reached at Priority Oil & Gas LLC, phone 303-296-3435.

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