ZB MED: Information Centre for Life Sciences

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ZB MED carries out the applied research required to achieve this.

Current Contents

CC MED - Current Contents medicine

Aim of the project

German-language journals and journals published by German publishers are not adequately represented in international databases such as Medline and Embase – and in many cases are not included at all. The aim of the CC MED project was to improve the bibliographic referencing of medical publications in German journals on an individual article basis.

To achieve this, CC MED continuously extracts bibliographic information from German-language journals and other journals published in Germany in the fields of medicine and health. References to the articles are incorporated in the LIVIVO search portal. Both these search portals are available for free on the Internet for research purposes.

Project duration

1999 – 2001 (online since 2000), CC MED is now offered as a standard ZB MED service.

Period covered: articles published since 2000

Development

The article references in CC MED are generated from the journals' tables of contents if these can be indexed, or alternatively from metadata supplied with the articles (as in the journal German Medical Science, for example). Bibliographic information was collected from a total of 850 journal titles at the beginning of the project.

This process is carried out by scanning the journals' tables of contents and converting them to text format. After manually correcting any words that are marked as incorrect and hyphenations that were not recognised by the software, the details of the source are automatically added to each record. Before the imported data is incorporated in the CC MED database, it is prepared using an application which adds additional information such as the ISSN or other identification numbers and the journal classification.

Funding

German Research Foundation (DFG)

CC GREEN – Current Contents GREEN, Nutritional, Environmental and Agricultural Sciences

Aim of the project

Specialist journals in the field of applied life sciences are not adequately covered by bibliographic databases. The aim of the CC GREEN project was to improve the bibliographic referencing of publications in the fields of nutritional, environmental and agricultural science.

CC GREEN extracts bibliographic information from the tables of contents of scientific journals in the field of applied life sciences. The results are made available through the search portal LIVIVO on an individual article basis. As well as bibliographic information on each article, the database entries also include links to the relevant journal issue's table of contents.

Project duration

2010/2011, since then CC GREEN has been available as a standard ZB MED service.

Period covered: articles published since 2011

Development

CC GREEN extracts bibliographic information from German-language journals, other journals published in Germany, and journals published in Europe and other regions of the world which are not indexed in open access databases such as AGRICOLA and AGRIS. Journals are selected on the basis of criteria relating to both form and content:

  • Table of contents that can be read and indexed
  • In German or English
  • Scholarly/scientific qualities
  • Journals from the core area

Bibliographic information was extracted from a total of 200 journal titles at the beginning of the project, including 50 German-language journals.

The technology used to process the journals is identical to the method used for CC MED: the journals' tables of contents are scanned and then converted into text format. After manually correcting any words that are marked as incorrect and hyphenations that were not recognised by the software, the details of the source are automatically added to each record. Before the imported data is incorporated in the CC GREEN database, it is prepared using an application which adds additional information such as the ISSN or other identification numbers and the journal classification.

Funding

German Research Foundation (DFG)

Funding was provided in 2010 as part of the project to expand GREENPILOT.

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