Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Open J-Gate

I was just alerted to this new tool (thanks to Paul Pival, the Distant Librarian). According to LISNews (http://lisnews.org/article.pl?sid=06/02/27/2026213), Open J-Gate was launched on February 27 by Jean-Claude Guedon (a very familiar name to the OA world) and is:

"an electronic gateway to global journal literature in open access domain... Open J-Gate is the contribution of Informatics (India) Ltd to promote OAI. Open J-Gate provides seamless access to millions of journal articles available online. Open J-Gate is also a database of journal literature, indexed from 3000+ open access journals, with links to full text at Publisher sites."

The Open J-Gate lists a several "features and benefits":

Portal with the largest number of e-journals
Links to one million+ open access articles
Constant updating
Well designed journal classification
Table of Content (TOC) Browsing
Easy-to-Use search functionalities

I played with it briefly and it looks promising. Note: certain features don't work in Firefox/Mozilla (e.g. browse by journal). There don't seem to be any problems with IE.

The URL for Open J-Gate is http://www.openj-gate.com/.

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