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Institute of Physics Publishing journals now available through VIVA

The Virtual Library of Virginia

For Immediate Release (February 15, 2005):

VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia, is excited to announce access to 31 current physics journals from the Institute of Physics Publishing (IOP), adding to the previous subscription to archived editions that provided coverage through 1993. All VIVA institutions now are can offer their users the most current issues of these premier, peer-reviewed journals covering both pure and applied physics. The title list is available on the website through a link entitled, “Journals at your site.” The website offers news in the physical sciences and many additional features including a newsletter for librarians, along with links to set up alerting services and RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds to help researchers keep up with a their favorite journal. Along with these personalization options, IOP supports CrossRef and meta-searching. Faculty and students will benefit from this collection of significant and authoritative information in the physical sciences.

IOP has added new search options to the standard searching by field, subject, journal, date or full-text. Using algorithms developed by the Vivisimo Search Engine, users can search by clustering technology to find similar articles. IOP has also created searchable subsets of review articles in physics and interdisciplinary areas like Bose-Einstein condensation and matter waves that appear in a number of journals. Some of the online journals contain multimedia files and other supplemental information, taking full advantage of the electronic environment.

For institutions that currently subscribe to the journals, VIVA has developed a new cost sharing formula that phases out institutional support as VIVA assumes subscription costs.

VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia, is a consortium of the libraries of 69 non-profit institutions of higher education in Virginia, including 39 state-assisted colleges and universities at 54 campuses within the Commonwealth of Virginia, 30 independent private, non-profit institutions, and The Library of Virginia. VIVA’s mission is to provide, in an equitable, cooperative, and cost-effective manner, enhanced access to library and information resources for Virginia’s academic libraries serving the non-profit higher education community. VIVA is funded by the State of Virginia through the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) and by investments from participating institutions.

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For additional information contact:
Katherine A. Perry
VIVA Director
George Mason University
Fairfax, Virginia 22030-4444
Tel: 703-993-4652




VIVA is funded by the Virginia General Assembly and the VIVA member institutions, and is sponsored by the State Council of Higher Education (SCHEV).