Monday, January 15, 2007

Product Upgrade-->Blackwell Synergy

I am pleased to tell you that the Blackwell Synergy online journals platform has now been relaunched with a new design. Please take a look at

  • movement of the major functions to the left-hand menu, the grouping together of tools at each level of the website
  • tabs being replaced by left-menu listings and a cleaner and more modern look and feel.
  • In addition, the new website meets the latest accessibility standards (ADA section 508 and W3C’s WAI-AA).

Marketing Resources Available

We have provided some resources for promoting awareness of the online journals in your library, including email templates that you can forward out to faculty and students. Feel free to edit these to make them more appropriate for your institution:

You’ll also find links to a PowerPoint demo of the new site which explains many of the major functions, as well as a list of features for librarians and a summary of what’s new and what’s changed here:

Remember to sign up for the Librarians’ Newsletter to keep updated on new features and journal developments.


Online Access to Blackwell Publishing Journals

All institutional subscriptions to Blackwell Publishing journals include an element of online access. For the first time in 2007, Standard print subscriptions will include online access to the current and two previous years’ content, increased from the one year previously offered. Premium subscriptions include print plus online access to current content, content dating back to January 1st 1997, and OnlineEarly articles published online before print. Online Only subscriptions include the same access rights as Premium. Both Premium and OnlineOnly subscriptions include archival rights to paid for content. In most cases, Standard subscriptions are at 90% of the Premium price and Online Only subscriptions are at 85% of the Premium price. Access is provided through Blackwell Synergy.

For more information about subscribing to online journals, visit:

For information about licensing the Collection of online journals visit:


Overview of Blackwell Synergy Features

  • clear search and browse functions and ability to search within other databases
  • articles available in PDF and full-text HTML
  • HTML articles include embedded references, figures and tables
  • OnlineEarly and OnlineAccepted articles available online before issue publication
  • OnlineOpen articles available free to all as part of our open access initiative
  • quick links to the most-downloaded and most-cited articles by journal
  • reference links and citing article links allow users to follow the research
  • export citations of articles into reference management software
  • receive e-alerts for tables of contents, topic and author research alerts, citation alerts and OnlineEarly and OnlineAccepted alerts
  • all e-alerts available as email or RSS newsfeeds


Your Feedback

We hope that you and your library patrons will find the new look Blackwell Synergy easy to use and invaluable for study and research. Please do send us any feedback by filling in the Feedback form on:

Best wishes,

The Blackwell Synergy Team
Blackwell Publishing

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