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DOE/OSTI's E-Print Network Selected as SPARC Partner

:: SPARC®, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, has announced that the E-Print Network has been choses as a SPARC "Scientific Communities" Partner. From the press release:

Washington, D.C.—SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) today announced that the E-print Network, a free service of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), has been chosen as a SPARC “Scientific Communities” partner. The selection recognizes the contribution of the E-print Network to expanded availability and use of open-access scientific and technical research on the Internet.

The E-print Network reveals a wealth of valuable research mainly in physics but also in chemistry, biology and life sciences, materials science, nuclear sciences and engineering, energy research, computer and information technologies, and other disciplines. The E-print Network utilizes a unique deep Web search capability that combines full-text searching through PDF documents residing on e-print Web sites with a distributed search across e-print databases. The Web search pulls to the desktop documents that are often hard to find.

Users of the E-print Network, which was first launched as PrePRINT Network in January 2000, can perform full-text searches on over 16,000 Web sites and in 39 major databases of e-prints from around the world. All this content—close to 20 million pages of full text—is available to users at no charge. The E-print Network also offers a weekly alert service that provides patrons notification of new documents, as well as links to 2,300 scientific societies.

“The E-print Network takes all these isolated islands of information and pulls them into a searchable whole,” said Dr. Walter Warnick, director of OSTI. “The result is enhanced search, expanded audience, ease of scientific collaboration, and advancement of science. We are pleased to become a partner in SPARC's endeavor to encourage scholarly communication and to disseminate research.”

“The E-print Network is a pioneer in harnessing open-access research across the Internet,” said Rick Johnson, director of SPARC. “Besides contributing to more efficient information sharing and accelerated discovery, the E-print Network gives us an eye-opening glimpse of the vast extent of open archiving today.”

The resources available via the E-print Network are located on a wide range of sources residing at academic institutions, government research laboratories, scientific societies, private research organizations, and the Web sites of individual scientists and researchers. The Network facilitates access to these resources as well as communications between researchers. When a document is displayed or downloaded, the patron actually downloads the e-print directly from the Web site where the document resides. The document is not stored or maintained by the E-print Network. From the author's Web site, the user can rapidly access supporting documents, background material and contact information.

E-prints are scientific or technical documents circulated electronically to facilitate peer exchange and scientific advancement. Having e-prints in the network increases awareness of research and promotes the dissemination of information to a broader audience.

To find out how to add e-prints to the E-print Network, contact Dr. Dennis Traylor by phone, 865-576-3327, or by mail:

Dr. Dennis Traylor
Office of Scientific and Technical Information
U.S. Department of Energy
P.O. Box 62
Oak Ridge, TN 37831

OSTI's mission is to advance science and sustain technological creativity by making R&D findings available and useful to DOE researchers and the American people. OSTI has been delivering science information since 1947. With its suite of Web tools, OSTI has proved to be a leader in government science search.

Posted: January 11, 2005For more information, contact:
Alison Buckholtz, SPARC, alison AT arl.org
Susan Tackett, OSTI, tacketts AT osti.gov

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