Web of Science Additional Services Update

06 January 2003

Dear WoS Subscribers,

At the start of this New Year we wanted to remind you of some of the additional services which are available with the ISI Web of Science Service for UK Education. These include Holdings, ISI Links and SFX support. Below we have compiled a short outline of each of these additional services and a brief description of what you need to do to enable them. Please click on the following links to reach the appropriate section:

Holdings – (no charge)

What is Holdings?

Holdings is the name of an additional option that performed an ISSN search of a web OPAC. It is provided free to subscribers of the ISI WoS Service for UK Education.

Why would I want that?

It provides three central benefits:

  1. Links to Paper Journals: The Holdings Service allows you to link from a Web of Science record through to your institution's library catalogue. This allows users to locate the paper copy of journals that they cannot access online.
  2. Links through to additional online journals: If the OPAC record itself contains a URL, then Holdings potentially provides a link to electronic journals not currently the subject of an agreement between ISI and the publisher concerned.
  3. Alternative route to electronic journals: If the OPAC itself contains a URL, then Holdings potentially provides an alternate route to access the electronic version of journals which may be preferable to your users.

What do I have to do?

For Holdings to work you have to have a web-accessible OPAC that supports ISSN searching. As an alternative, if an institutions's OPAC is incompatible, the holdings link can be set up to link to COPAC, which in turn has some links to online journals.

An institution who wishes to enable this service should email the MIMAS ISI WoS helpdesk, at the following address: wok@mimas.ac.uk, requesting the implementation of Holdings and either supply their OPAC's ISSN-search string or request the COPAC link.

Below are examples from each of the library management systems that have successfully implemented Holdings.


DDE (Dansk Data Elektronik)







Once the search string is in place the holdings link button is enabled immediately. This will appear in the right hand corner of the 'Full Record' page.

Currently, 48 institutions have taken advantage of this additional free service.

ISI Links – (additional one off charge of 1,000)

What is ISI Links?

When an institution subscribes to ISI Links, their users will be provided with links from WoS records directly to the online full text (where it exists). The links are controlled by the institution and reflect the institution's entitlements.

Note that Links requires an established agreement between ISI and the publisher/aggregator providing the full-text – a list of the existing agreements can be found at: http://wos.mimas.ac.uk/linkage.html.

So how do the links appear in the WoS database?

When users perform a search on ISI WoS and have reached the 'full record', if full text is available for that article, a 'View Full Text' button will appear on the right hand side of the page near the 'Find Related Records' button.

To see an example of how the full text links works, use a Full Search - General Search entering: GLUT4 and RAB5 and protein in the TOPIC box, tick 'Title only' and click on 'Search'. The record by Huang J includes a 'View Full Text' button leading to PNAS Online displaying the full text.

Links to PNAS are freely available to all institutions. Further linkage documentation on the procedure for implementation can be found at the following URL: http://wos.mimas.ac.uk/documentation.html

The charge for this service is a one off payment of 1,000 plus VAT for the period covering up to September 2005. If your institution wish to subsequently subscribing, further information and the addendum forms can be found at: http://www.chest.ac.uk/datasets/isi-wos/ or simply click on the 'CHEST agreement' link from the WoK home page. We currently have 66 institutions with Links enabled.

SFX – (no charge)

We are happy to enable WoS as an SFX Source for institutions who've licensed Ex Libris' SFX or Metalib software. SFX technology helps institutions link their electronic resources and services, including the Web of Science. More information on SFX, including a list of customers, can be found at: http://www.sfxit.com/.

If your institution has the SFX product installed , just contact the MIMAS ISI helpdesk, at the following email: wok@mimas.ac.uk, requesting enablement and supplying the SFX base-URL:

e.g. http://sfx.mimas.ac.uk:8888/sfx_local (Where 'sfx.mimas.ac.uk' is the name of your SFX server, '8888' the port number and 'sfx_local' the SFX database name.)

To date, 6 institutions have been 'SFX-enabled'.

If you have any questions about any of the services discussed here please contact us at the helpdesk: wok@mimas.ac.uk and we will be happy to help with any queries you may have.