NRL and American Institute of Physics Complete Project to Expand World Wide Web Journal Access

5/15/2000 - 23-00r
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The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and the American Institute of Physics (AIP) have recently completed a project to provide Web-based access to an important body of scientific literature. During the past two years, the two organizations have worked cooperatively to improve the availability of AIP-published journals in a digital format.

During the project, NRL's Ruth H. Hooker Research Library assisted the AIP in creating a digital archive of eight core journals. NRL digitized these journals by scanning their contents into high quality PDF files so that they can be made available from the AIP's Web-based Online Journal Publishing Service (OJPS) in a format consistent with that of more recently published journals. In addition, AIP journals have been added to the 220 journals mounted locally at NRL and searchable through the Library's TORPEDO Ultra system. The successful completion of this work extends AIP's digital journal archive back to 1991.

"This project," says Ms. Laurie E. Stackpole, NRL Chief Librarian, "demonstrates that scholarly society publishers, like the American Institute of Physics, and scientific research libraries, like NRL's, share a deep commitment to the continuing availability of important scientific publications. By working together, they can forge relationships that not only benefit the participants, but that, even more importantly, improve world-wide access to the results of research, enhancing scientific productivity and fostering creativity."

Mr. Tim Ingoldsby, Director of Business Development for AIP, agrees, stating, "This joint project allows AIP to greatly expand its back file of online research literature, just in time to be utilized in exciting publishing industry initiatives such as the CrossRef reference linking service ( In addition, the optically character-recognized (OCR) text that is bundled with the PDF files delivered by NRL will enable the AIP to seamlessly integrate these retrospectively converted journals into our planned OJPS enhancements, including full text searching."

Journals converted during the project included: Applied Physics Letters, Computers in Physics, Journal of Applied Physics, Journal of Chemical Physics, Journal of Mathematical Physics, Physics of Fluids, Physics of Plasmas, and Review of Scientific Instruments. As part of the project, the publisher is providing NRL with current PDF files for local mounting in TORPEDO Ultra.

Other journals available through TORPEDO Ultra include American Physical Society journals in the Physical Review series, including Physical Review Letters covering the years 1985 to present, and 220 Elsevier Science journals covering the years 1995 to present. Other information in TORPEDO Ultra includes: 6,000 research reports, drawn from over 180,000 reports that the Library has scanned and stored digitally, NRL press releases for the years 1968 to present, and a growing collection of NRL-authored publications. All documents are stored in PDF format and are full text searchable. TORPEDO is available to NRL employees in Washington, DC, Stennis Space Center, Mississippi, and Monterey, California, and to Office of Naval Research headquarters staff in Arlington, VA.

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