GeoScience World is that peculiar object known as an aggregator — in other words, not a publisher (like Elsevier or Springer), and not an article index (like GeoRef or Web of Science). An aggregator, by contrast, simply bundles together a core collection of journals aimed at a particular audience, in this case, the geoscience research community.
GeoScience World bundles together 40 peer-reviewed geoscience journals from 26 geoscience publishers, mostly scholarly society publishers. (GSW’s founding organizations are: American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), American Geological Institute (AGI), Geological Society of America (GSA), Geological Society of London (GSL), Mineralogical Society of America (MSA), Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM), and Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG).) The journals are fully integrated with GeoRef, the primary abstracting and indexing database in the field of earth sciences.
In an announcement just before Thanksgiving, GeoScience World described a major upgrade with a new look and features:
- Advanced search: a new Google Maps-based search tool allows users to search and browse by topic using the latitude and longitude coordinates already tagged in GeoRef.
- Abstract preview: mouse-over, pop-up previews of abstracts display from within both the tables of contents and search results pages.
- Popular articles list: most-viewed and most-cited articles lists are readily available via a site-wide “widget” for those titles which make those lists public.
- Tag-along navigation: content features follow alongside as users scroll down the article page.
- Pop-up references: full citations pop up when you hover your mouse over reference numbers within the text of an article, for full-text journals.
- Keyword pivot searches: keywords are now hyperlinked and perform quick searches of that term within all content in that journal.
- Feature hideaway: author affiliations, related links, and other functions can be expanded or hidden from view.
Take some time to explore what GeoScience World has to offer. You might just value the full-text journal archive (I do!) but you might also value an alternative way to explore the literature, … the Google Maps search, the TopicMaps, the ability to toggle between a more focused GeoScience World search and a much broader, but not full-text, GeoRef search. So many things to explore, so little time …