ANN ARBOR — ProQuest said Tuesday it had expanded its long-standing relationship with one of the world’s premier sources of cutting-edge research, the New England Journal of Medicine. Now, in addition to integration of the full-text of NEJM in its information products, plus a collection of classic images and deep index images, ProQuest will provide access to Journal Watch, the medical literature surveillance newsletter series, making this rich content easy to discover and use.
Also, just 15 months after acquiring the renowned British Nursing Index, ProQuest has released a full-text version of the product, streamlining the research process via this cornerstone nursing database known for its precision and reliability. BNI Full-Text is available for the first time in the new ProQuest research environment, enabling it to be cross-searched with such resources as ProQuest Nursing and Allied Health and supported with advanced content management tools.
“ProQuest brings greater efficiency and productivity to medical researchers by connecting them with the highest quality information in a framework that allows them to explore and apply it simply,” said Mary Sauer-Games, ProQuest vice-president, publishing. “This new agreement with the Massachusetts Medical Society, publishers of the New England Journal of Medicine and Journal Watch, expands both content and its discovery, supporting researchers and advancing patient care.”
The new expanded agreement between ProQuest and NEJM extends aggregation and distribution rights to ProQuest for multiple years, marking a deepened, long-term relationship. For example, ProQuest now has image rights, paving the way for the company to employ its patented deep indexing process, which will enable researchers to easily search and discover content such as raw data within illustrations. Further, the NEJM backfile now dates from 1990, rather that its previous 1993 beginning.
“As the ‘gold standard’ of biomedical research, NEJM seeks out partners who share our passion for quality, innovation in information delivery and dedication to the advancement of research,” said Tom Easley, Publisher and Managing Director of NEJM. “ProQuest is just such a partner. With this agreement, in addition to being discoverable on nejm.org, NEJM content will now also be discoverable by a worldwide audience in an aggregated environment that supports researchers in powerful ways.”
The new agreement is far-reaching. ProQuest will also provide access to content from Journal Watch, a richly edited clinical series covering 13 specialties, such as cardiology, hospital medicine, pediatrics and women’s health. Journal Watch Physician Editorial Boards survey the medical literature, select the most important research and guidelines, distill them into focused summaries, and frame them in a clinical context. In addition, they cover the most important medical news, drug information, and public health alerts, creating a unique news resource for health professionals. New articles will be available 90 days after their original publication date.
As for the British Nursing Index, Sauer-Games said: “When ProQuest acquired BNI in 2011, we committed to retaining its core identity and customer base, while expanding its appeal. This new full-text version does exactly that. We’ve maintained BNI’s editorial integrity, made the content easier to use in context with other resources and also eliminated the extra step of having to go elsewhere to find full text.”
BNI is of critical importance to the practice, education, and research for nurses, midwives, and health providers. It focuses on titles published in the U.K., Australia and Canada, plus a selection of important international nursing titles. Its editorial process is driven by librarians who have experience in providing information services to nurses and midwives. The database is updated monthly, making it one of the most current bibliographic resources of its kind. Its full text version encompasses more than 600,000 records and more than 190,000 indexed records, plus links to other sources.
In another move that further expands resources for health professionals, ProQuest and the American Psychological Association will provide access for libraries and their users to PsycTESTS. The addition of APA’s PsycTESTS database provides descriptive summaries, full text, and relevant citations on the development and assessment of over 6000 tests and measures that can be used in research and teaching.
ProQuest’s health and medical collections have been the target of significant growth and activity by the company. With an aim to accelerate productivity and efficiency of researchers and the libraries that support them, ProQuest has dramatically expanded content through the renewal of its relationship with The Lancet earlier this year and the addition of 36 Elsevier medical titles as well as eight titles from Karger.
ProQuest medical and health collections are accessible through an all-new research environment that supports users at every point of their information journey, from discovery to collaboration to output. It’s an integral piece of ProQuest’s technology framework that allows fast adaptation to changing market and user demands. In the past four years, ProQuest has invented new platforms for discovery, content management, research collaboration and resource management, creating the industry’s most comprehensive and flexible research structure.
To learn more, visit www.proquest.com.