New SHERPA/RoMEO Journals Database

From: Peter Millington <Peter.Millington_at_NOTTINGHAM.AC.UK>
Date: Fri, 29 Oct 2010 14:35:48 +0100

*** Apologies for cross posting ***
RoMEO has been building its own database of journals for the publishers it lists, with two main aims:
1. To identify journal titles more accurately with their publishers
2. To include journals that are not currently covered by the external look-up databases that RoMEO uses
The work has been proceeding well. Over 95% of RoMEO publishers have been processed, yielding nearly 18,000 journal titles (although this includes a few duplicates). We are currently checking the quality of the data, and updating the RoMEO search interface.
You are invited to try the latest prototype of the upgraded interface at:
Please remember that this is a prototype and is liable to change. It has not yet been optimised for speed. It displays real data, but some information such as alternative journal titles may not yet be visible. Upgrading the API will follow later.
There are two things that you are likely to notice:
a. There is a new row in the RoMEO publisher details for journals.
   e.g. "Journals: 276 journals - involving 129 other organisations - Source journal list."
   Here, "276 journals" links to the list of journals we have for the publisher, and "Source journal list" links to the publisher's own list of journals. "Other organisations" are the partners that the publisher works with.
   Currently, the journals for most imprints are listed under their parent publisher rather than under their own name (e.g. Routledge and Taylor & Francis). However, we are working to improve this.
b. Many journals now list two or more 'publishers' - for instance a publishing house and its client scholarly society. This may be confusing, especially where there are different archiving policies for each of the organisations. We are working to improve this situation by eliminating unnecessary information and providing guidance where appropriate.
We would welcome feedback on the prototype, either as comments on the SHERPA/RoMEO Blog (, or by email to
Peter Millington
SHERPA Technical Development Officer
Centre for Research Communications
Greenfield Medical Library, University of Nottingham, Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham, NG7 2UH, England
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