NRL journals go digital

NRL journals go digital

The Naval Research Laboratory and the American Institute of Physics have finished a two-year project to translate eight physics journals into digital format [GCN, March 6, Page 30].

Some issues of the journals published by the College Park, Md., physics institute previously had been digitized, said NRL's chief librarian, Laurie E. Stackpole. But both organizations wanted to convert all issues back to 1991 into Adobe Portable Document Format.

Two NRL staff members spent about 18 months scanning the journal pages, and NRL programmers handled the workflow and quality control, Stackpole said.

Institute personnel inspected each page to ensure that equations, graphs and tables were readable in .pdf form.

Because of copyright restrictions, NRL's copies of the eight digitized journals, plus a ninth journal previously available digitally, are open only to NRL employees and onsite contractors through the library's home page, at infoweb.nrl.navy.mil, Stackpole said. Electronic access also is available to the journal's paid subscribers and to others for a per-document fee.

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