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New Annals site expands content

From the May 2000 ACP-ASIM Observer, copyright © 2000 by the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine.

By Ingrid Palmer

College members can access Annals of Internal Medicine through a new Web site that offers the full text of all articles and several new features.

The new Web site, which is available at www.Annals.org and through ACP­ASIM Online (www.acponline.org), gives College members and Annals subscribers access to everything published in the journal. Nonsubscribers' access includes abstracts and non-technical summaries of Annals articles, but they must pay a fee for each full text article.

The new site currently contains the entire text of issues published from 1999 through the most recent issue. Issues published before 1999 are expected to be posted on the Web site in the near future.

At press time, developers were fine-tuning the site. Once the site is officially launched, new issues of the journal will be put on the Web at 5 p.m. the day before the issue date.

In addition to offering the full text of all articles, the new Annals site offers the following features:

  • Annals article reference lists contain direct links to abstracts in the National Library of Medicine's PubMed database. From there, you can access all of PubMed's services.
  • Most articles are available in PDF format, which reproduces articles on the Web site exactly as they appear in the print version of the journal.
  • The site features Annals Summaries for Patients, which give consumers and others easy-to-read versions of journal articles.
  • An interactive feature allows users to evaluate articles by answering multiple choice questions and writing comments in a message field. These comments will help editors choose future content and provide feedback to the authors.
  • The site also includes a "Personae" link that takes visitors to an online photograph gallery. The goal, according to Annals Editor Frank F. Davidoff, FACP, is to "remind readers that even though the articles are all about medical science, medicine is about taking care of people."

The College will initially offer free and unlimited access to the site to everyone. After July 4, however, only College members and paid subscribers will have unlimited free access. Nonmembers who do not subscribe to Annals will be able to access everything on the site except the full text of articles and PDF files.

When users visit the site after July 4 and try to view the full text of an article, they will be asked for their user name and ID. College members and subscribers must then register using their ACP­ASIM number, which is printed on the top of the Annals mailing label, and choose a unique user name and password. All other visitors will be invited to purchase online versions of articles with a credit card.

Dr. Davidoff said he plans to add more products and services to the site in the future, including a tool to locate brand name versions of generic drugs and tools to help internists search the site more easily. He said that he also hopes to offer continuing medical education credit online. Other features may include advance notice of upcoming content via e-mail and electronic bulletin boards where users can comment on articles and share ideas.

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