Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc. has announced the launch of a new program to digitize back issues of all its journal holdings, dating back to the 1800s, on Wiley InterScience, its online publishing platform. Wiley's digitization of legacy content is an ongoing project designed to improve the research pathway and ensure content discovery is as seamless and time efficient as possible. The project will continue through 2005 and 2006, and is scheduled for completion in 2007, in conjunction with Wiley's 200th Anniversary.
Previous Backfile Collections include Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Biotechnology, Biochemistry and Biophysics, Chemistry, Materials Science, Neuroscience, and Polymer Science. All Backfile Collections are integrated with current Web-based content and offer flexible retrieval and printing capabilities. In early 2005, Wiley InterScience launched the Cell & Developmental Biology and Analytical Sciences Backfile Collections. In June, the Journal of Pathology Backfile and the Genetics and Evolution Backfile Collection will be added to the growing list of digitized archival journal articles. The Numerical Engineering Backfile Collection will follow in August. Other collections scheduled for release in 2005 include the Chemistry Societies Backfile Collection (September), Physics and Astronomy (November), and Medicine (December).
Backfile collections consist of journal content extending to Volume 1, Issue 1 and some include journals dating back to 1799. All journal articles are presented in a searchable PDF format, with abstracts, bibliographic content, and literature citations all available in HTML, allowing for both internal linking to cited content located on Wiley InterScience, -- including journals, books, databases, and reference works - and external linking via CrossRef/DOI, PubMed, ISI Web of Science, CAS, and other A&I services to the content of publishers worldwide.