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International effort creates online research resource

EARTH SCIENCE societies and institutes from around the world have joined forces to create an online research resource, GeoScienceWorld (GSW).

GSW hopes to deliver the content of the journals of its founding organisations and other notfor-profit and independent earth science publishers. Users will be able to search for articles in the journals and, where possible, other online journals.

The founding organisations are the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the American Geological Institute, the Geological Society of America, the Geological Society of London, the Mineralogical Society of America, the Society for Sedimentary Geology and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists. They have been planning GSW for two years.

GeoRef, a bibliographic database, will be integrated into GSW, expanding the search capability to include geoscience literature using a controlled vocabulary and provide direct links to text articles and abstracts within and outside the journals.

With time, other material such as maps, books, and geoscience digital data will be included.

When technically practical, GSW will include non-English publications.

The subscription-based service will be launched later this year.

Visit www.GeoScienceWorld. org

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