Monday, November 01, 2004

Nature Journals offer RSS Feed


By David Bigwood

Here is a publisher who gets it.

Nature Publishing Group (NPG) is pleased to announce the completion of the current phase of its RSS newsfeed collection which delivers tables of content for its journals and other timely information to scientists' desktops. This crop of newsfeeds covers the non-Nature-branded titles and complements our existing RSS offerings for the Nature-branded titles. Specifically the newsfeeds deliver information about NPG's Advanced Online Publication (AOP) series and announce articles published online ahead of being published in an archival issue. As with NPG's existing newsfeeds, this new batch of RSS newsfeeds comes with rich metadata. The titles covered by the new release are:

* Bone Marrow Transplantation
* British Journal of Cancer
* Cancer Gene Therapy
* Cell Death and Differentiation
* The EMBO Journal
* EMBO Reports
* European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
* European Journal of Human Genetics
* Eye
* Genes and Immunity
* Gene Therapy
* Heredity
* International Journal of Impotence Research
* International Journal of Obesity
* Journal of Exposure Analysis and Environmental Epidemiology
* Journal of Human Hypertension
* Journal of Perinatology
* Laboratory Investigation
* Leukemia
* Modern Pathology
* Molecular Psychiatry
* Neuropsychopharmacology
* Oncogene
* The Pharmacogenomics Journal
* Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases
* Spinal Cord

See for a complete listing of all Nature newsfeeds, as well as a brief introduction to the advantages of using RSS. Additionally the listing of newsfeeds is accessible as an OPML file to facilitate the ready import of NPG newsfeeds into RSS newsreaders. A master RSS newsfeed of all NPG newsfeeds is also available for alerting subscribers to new NPG newsfeeds.

These newsfeeds are all based on the RSS 1.0 format which builds on the W3C Resource Description Framework and allows rich metadata (both PRISM and Dublin Core) to be included at both the channel and item level. Linking to the article full text is effected using industry-standard mechanisms for persistent linking: DOI and CrossRef.

That's a lot of structured metadata. As metadata specialists maybe we should be doing something useful with it. Maybe the jake folks could use it? Just musing?

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