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VIVA, The Virtual Library of Virginia, now provides online access to 15 Nature Journals Licensed for VIVA Libraries

The Virtual Library of Virginia
For Immediate Release:

VIVA is pleased to announce that starting in August, all VIVA public institutions have unlimited access to Nature, the weekly, premier international journal for research in all fields of science and technology. The private college members are able to participate with a negotiated discount rate on an elective basis.

Launched in 1869, Nature is published by the Nature Publishing Group of Macmillan Publishers Ltd. in London, and it delivers an international perspective on science. The VIVA license includes an archive going back to June 1997. Nature distills the best of cutting edge science, important papers, commentary, and topical scientific events and presents the impact of science for our world. The journal is useful for those writing grants and doing research as well as a teaching aid and a reference source for students. Additionally, the VIVA contract delivers access going back to the first issues of eight Nature Research Journals and six Nature Reviews titles. Their coverage is strong in the life sciences and medicine, but materials, engineering and nanotechnology are also included. The linking page to all fifteen journals is: The licensed titles are:

Nature Biotechnology
Nature Reviews Cancer
Nature Cell Biology
Nature Reviews Drug Discovery
Nature Genetics
Nature Reviews Genetics
Nature Immunology
Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology
Nature Materials
Nature Reviews Neuroscience
Nature Medicine
Nature Reviews Immunology
Nature Neuroscience
Nature Structural Biology

The weekly content of Nature includes a core of about 20 original peer reviewed research papers. Short accounts of new scientific results, commentary, and editorials can be found in the news section. Nature effectively covers the controversies and the cultural aspects of science. Book reviews and correspondence are a weekly feature. The online version offers a range of services on the website, for example, a daily 'webzine' called Nature Science Update and useful links to other scientific portals like Nature Jobs, Nature Grant Finder and the Biotechnology Directory. Users can follow links to related websites that may lead to full-text, if subscriptions are in place. Online access provides some research papers in advance of the print version and some of the articles come with supplementary online animations and movies. Users can register for e-mail alerts on a topic to stay abreast of any news about an area of research. The content of all 15 titles is fully searchable individually or as a group, and users can view and download articles. Once an article is in view, there is an option to e-mail the article. In the advanced search mode, searchers can use keyword and phrase searching or retrieve an article from the citation information. Reference linking and article-level linking is available across several platforms from the Nature journals to the full abstracting services of CrossRef, Medline and the ISI Web of Science using the DOI (digital object identifier.)

From the Nature website ( or from the home page of an individual journal, users can use the subject links to investigate a topic in all 15 journals. Articles are available in both HTML or PDF format. Users can browse by issue or also by article type. For example, in the archives of Nature Reviews: Molecular Cell Biology, a researcher can view all of the entries under the "Structure Watch" column or all of the "Cell of the Month" features. The six Nature Review titles are relatively new. Launched in 2000, these journals provide an overview in the fields of Genetics, Neuroscience, Molecular Cell Biology, Cancer, Immunology, and Drug Discovery. They offer highlights of research in the field and reviews and perspectives to give readers insight into the opinions and implications of science in society, business and the future. Each article includes links to references, author biographies, slide shows of all the figures and graphics, a glossary of terms, and in many cases, supplementary links to animation and videos. The eight multidisciplinary Nature Research Journals strive to publish significant and insightful papers in their fields. Their impact, in terms of citation statistics, indicate their importance to researchers.

VIVA, The Virtual Library of Virginia, is the consortium of the libraries of the 39 state-assisted colleges and universities at 52 campuses within the Commonwealth of Virginia. In addition, 29 independent private, non-profit institutions and The Library of Virginia participate where possible. 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 higher education community. The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) sponsors VIVA, with support from the General Assembly and the local institutions.

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).