Blackwell Publishing has announced the addition of more than 250 of the world's leading Social Science and Humanities journals to its online research tool, Blackwell Synergy. Many of these titles are published on behalf of scholarly and professional societies and include international peer-reviewed journals in economics, business, geography, politics, psychology, philosophy, and sociology, among others.
For many journals, the articles are now in full-text HTML format and many of the journals on Synergy now include CrossRef linking to cited articles, JSTOR links to back volumes, and reference links to the ISI database. In addition, several journals will also have OnlineEarly papers, where peer-reviewed articles are posted online before the print issue is published. Blackwell Synergy already boasts inclusion in the collections of 1600 academic and corporate libraries worldwide. By including the social science and humanities journals in this service, Blackwell hopes to allow librarians to set-up a single platform for all their Blackwell journals in the special Library Administrator area of the site. As such, they would be able to download daily updated usage statistics, administer their own IP addresses, and download an SFX-compatible file for setting up links in their online library catalogues. Blackwell Publishing will be contacting library customers with information about how to set up access to these social science and humanities journals on Blackwell Synergy. There will be a two month grace period for 2002 subscriptions so that previous access rights are continued until February 28th, 2003 while 2003 access rights are set-up.