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Title: Availability of biomedical serials in India: A case of malaria research
Authors: Das, Sushmita
Kumar, Surinder
Pandita, Naina
Issue Date: Jun-2007
Publisher: CSIR
Abstract: Attempts to analyse the availability of biomedical serials in India and there accessibility. A search on malaria using the Pubmed database retrieved 386 journal articles in the last 180 days prior to April 2005. The availability of these journals in the country has been ascertained using the Union Catalogue of Biomedical Serials in India (UNcat). The participating medical libraries of UNcat have been divided into four zones (North, South, East and West) and the distribution of these serials has been tabulated. The findings shows that various valuable journals, in each zone, is available in duplicates, such as, the British Medical Journal, The Lancet, The New England Journal of Medicine etc. Reveals that though a large number of journals are available online; their download costs are very high. This study will help the policy makers and administrators to formulate policies to reduce duplication of valuable resources in the country. It is proposed that traditional services like the union catalogues may be upgraded with value added services such as document delivery, interlibrary lending, etc. for effective and efficient retrieval at a much lower cost.
Page(s): 85-89
ISSN: 0972-5423
Source:ALIS Vol.54(2) [June 2007]

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