Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Blackwell Synergy site ceases June 30th

Following the merger of Blackwell Publishing with John Wiley and Sons, the Blackwell Synergy site will cease to be available after June 30th 2008. All content on the Blackwell Synergy site, including current issues, backfiles, and issues published online before print, will be transferred to the Wiley InterScience site as of 1st July 2008.

A completely new, 'next-generation' Wiley-Blackwell site will be launched in 2009 that we are promised will include the best features of both Blackwell Synergy and Wiley InterScience and which will introduce innovative new functionality and capabilities.

Wiley-Blackwell assure us that:

- all Blackwell journal access rights will be transferred, enabling continuous access to our licensed content
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existing Synergy URLs and links will redirect to the content on Wiley InterScience
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they will work with link resolver vendors (e.g. our SFX / find it @ liverpool service from Ex Libris) to redirect links to Wiley InterScience
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DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers) are persistent and so will continue to work after the move to Wiley InterScience
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they have upgraded Wiley InterScience to accommodate the addition of Blackwell books, journals and customers
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the accounts for all registered users on Blackwell Synergy will transfer to Wiley InterScience so that users continue to receive the journal E-TOCs and other alerts that they have signed up for

Note that:

- Wiley Interscience does not include icons to indicate whether you are entitled to full-text access (but the new Wiley-Blackwell site coming in 2009 will)
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the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology will remain on its existing platform for now
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Linguistics Abstracts Online will remain on its existing platform for now

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