MSU Libraries has recently entered into agreements with the Institute of Physics (IOP) that will dramatically expand users online access to this publishers journals. IOP is known worldwide as the publisher of over thirty of the most important and influential journals in physics and related disciplines.
Previously, MSU users had online access to IOP journal content published only within the most recent two years. Beginning in 2006, users access will be expanded to include virtually all journal content published by IOP from 1874 to the present. In total, this change enables users to access approximately 150,000 articles of significant scientific research.
There are two components to the Librarys expanded access to IOP journals. The first is the IOP Archive, which gives users access to virtually all IOP journal content published from 1874 to 2004. Mississippi's membership in the EPSCoR Scientific Information Group (ESIG) consortium provided the Library a significant discount to make a one-time purchase guaranteeing users perpetual access to the Archive. The Archive grows by one year annually, and this update is available for a small fee shared by all ESIG members.
The second component is online access to the most recent IOP journal content through a program called EBAND. By maintaining subscriptions to the eight IOP print titles currently held, the Library is able to provide online access to 28 IOP journals. The Library will determine on a yearly basis whether it will be able to continue its subscription to EBAND.
According to Frances Coleman, Dean of Libraries, Usage statistics indicate that the journal content acquired through these agreements is in high demand; this is an exciting development that will significantly enhance our users ability to conduct research in the physical sciences.
To see a list of the journals published by IOP go to http://www.iop.org/EJ/main/-list=all/
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