ZB MED: Information Centre for Life Sciences

Improving access, metadata and catalogue enrichment

ZB MED is continuously striving to improve access to its own holdings. In the field of Current Contents, this involves indexing and displaying selected tables of contents from journals and monographs.

Current Contents ZB MED

ZB MED's Current Contents service includes a project to scan the tables of contents of individual issues of some 650 specialist journals. This makes it possible to present individual article titles separately. A link is then used to add the table of contents of the entire journal issue to the bibliographic information on the article.

 

The selection of journals, most of which come from ZB MED's own stocks, is based on both formal criteria (a table of contents that can be indexed, journal in either German or English) and content-related criteria (scholarly nature of the articles, relevance to the applied life sciences of medicine, health, or nutritional, environmental and agricultural sciences).

CC MED

German-language journals and journals published by German publishers are not properly represented in international databases such as Medline and Embase – and in many cases are not included at all. To improve the bibliographic referencing of medical publications from German journals on an individual article basis, ZB MED provides its Current Contents service “CC MED” for the subject areas of medicine and health.

  • Scope: Bibliographic information is continuously collected from 450 journal titles
  • Database size: 830,000 journal articles
  • Bibliographic references of articles published from 2000 onwards

References to the individual articles are provided through the subject Portal LIVIVO.

Details of the CC MED Project.

CC GREEN

Specialist journals in the field of applied life sciences are not adequately covered by bibliographic databases. To improve this situation, ZB MED provides its Current Contents service “CC GREEN” which extracts the bibliographic information from the tables of contents of specialist journals in the field of applied life sciences.  

Around half of the 200 journals indexed by CC GREEN are international scientific journals which are not indexed in open access databases such as AGRICOLA and AGRIS. Approximately 120 journal titles stem from German-speaking regions.

A high percentage of the selected journals are stocked in their printed format by very few libraries, and in many cases only by ZB MED, which strives to make them accessible on a national level.

  • Scope: Bibliographic information is continuously collected from 200 journal titles
  • Database size: 80,000 journal articles
  • Bibliographic references of journals published from 2011 onwards

References to the individual articles are provided through the subject portal LIVIVO.

Details of the CC GREEN Project.

Catalogue Enrichment

Thanks to our catalogue enrichment process, you can browse the tables of contents of specific media online. That makes it easier and quicker to decide whether you need an item for your research and whether you wish to take it out on loan.

What does catalogue enrichment involve?

First, the item's table of contents is scanned. Next, the scan (e.g. a PDF file) is linked to the item's catalogue entry. A direct link from our catalogue takes you straight to the scanned-in table of contents so you can access the information you need right away. It is important that the tables of contents are searchable and traceable, so we incorporate the key subject-relevant terms from the table of contents as search words in our search portal LIVIVO. That improves the relevancy and scope of your search results.

Development

The catalogue enrichment process began in 2005 with 60,000 monographs from the years 2000 to 2005 from ZB MED’s medicine and health subject areas. The team then started working through the tables of contents of monographs acquired since 2005. Once the process was up and running, the catalogue enrichment project also succeeded in incorporating the subject areas of nutritional, environmental and agricultural science.

As of October 2014, our catalogues contain some 145,000 tables of contents.

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