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.

Silverplatter platform: back on-line on schedule

Following the maintenance work over the weekend of 16-17 December, access to the Geography, OSH-ROM and ICONDA services was restored on Monday as scheduled.

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.