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Open Access Serials indexing: from journals to databases

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The user pool for these publications is vast, with access varying from professional-mediated searching to search-engine keyword searching by individuals at their home PC – just one consideration to be borne in mind during the indexing process, a process which differs in many aspects from back-of-the-book indexing. For example, terminology that develops over time needs to be cross-referenced in detail. Locators have to include year or volume number. Indexing of journal articles for databases requires the use of controlled vocabularies and thesauri. Newspaper indexes may include reference to columns, individual sections and different editions. And the cumulation of serials indexes needs careful management if consistency is to be maintained, something which may militate against interim indexing through the year, although this does have advantages. Negotiation of staged payments is acceptable. An experienced serials indexer helps you through the maze.

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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2009-03-01

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  • The Indexer is published by the Society of Indexers on behalf of all the indexing societies, seeks to cover the full range of subjects, from articles at the cutting edge of new techniques to contributions discussing in a practical way the new tools available to indexers at all points in the technical spectrum or exploring the history of indexing. Its extensive reviews section covers both printed and electronic material, including websites and hardware and software of interest to the indexer, while 'Indexes Reviewed' highlights some of the best (and worst) examples of indexing in action. And, in 'Around the World', it keeps readers up to date with what is going on across the international indexing community. First published in 1958 on a twice-yearly basis, it moved in 2008 to a quarterly publication.
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