09 July 2009 News Releases

Publishing Technology Teams with the Summon™ Service

Publishing Technology, provider of the scholarly research platform IngentaConnect, has aligned with Serials Solutions’ Summon™ web-scale discovery service to index the full text of more than 250 scholarly publishers hosted on IngentaConnect.

Seattle, WA – July 9, 2009 Publishing Technology, provider of the scholarly research platform IngentaConnect, has aligned with Serials Solutions’ Summon™ web-scale discovery service to index the full text of more than 250 scholarly publishers hosted on IngentaConnect, increasing discoverability and producing more effective search results. The Summon™ service is a pioneer in providing single search box access to the breadth of library collections – from books and videos to e-resources at the article level. 

Available commercially in July, the Summon™ web-scale discovery service overcomes what research shows is a fundamental barrier between libraries and users: the lack of a simple, obvious starting point for research. Users enter a search term in a library-branded search box and the Summon™ service instantly conducts a single search against pre-harvested content, enabling true relevancy-ranked results in one integrated list. The service provides simplicity for users and exposes the breadth of the library’s content, allowing more resources to be discovered. 

Publishers and other contributors have embraced the Summon™ service for its ability to increase exposure of their data. Louise Tutton, Senior Vice President of Publishing Technology’s Scholarly Division commented, “Indexing the data available on IngentaConnect with the Summon service is yet another way for Publishing Technology to support our client publishers and promote their content. This alliance will provide more visibility and awareness of the vast scholarly research currently available on IngentaConnect.” Publishing Technology is the latest esteemed content provider to join this growing service. In addition to key content partners ProQuest and Gale – aggregators representing 4,700 publishers—the Summon™ service participants include LexisNexis, Springer, Taylor & Francis, SAGE, IEEE, Emerald, Scitation publishers, the Royal Society, scores of scholarly publishers and university presses, and more.   

The Summon™ service was developed in close cooperation with library beta sites—partners in the service’s mission to bring the researcher back to the library and provide a channel for greater return on the library’s content investment. Beta sites include Dartmouth College, Oklahoma State University, University of Sydney, Claremont Colleges Library, University of Calgary, Western Michigan University, and University of Liverpool. 

The Summon™ web-scale discovery service is hosted by Serials Solutions.

About Serials Solutions

Founded by a librarian for librarians in 2000, Serials Solutions is the global leader in E-Resource Access and Management Services (ERAMS) that serves more than 2,000 libraries of all sizes and types. Serials Solutions® KnowledgeWorks, the authoritative e-resource knowledgebase, is the foundation for Serials Solutions® 360, the only complete and integrated e-resource access and management solution. Serials Solutions recently introduced the Summon™ unified discovery service, a revolutionary discovery tool that provides instant access to the full breadth of the library’s collection through a single search.

Serials Solutions also is the exclusive source for Ulrichsweb.com™ and Ulrich’s Serials Analysis System™ worldwide, and represents the AquaBrowser Library® unified discovery interface in the academic market in North America. The WebFeat® federated search service recently acquired by ProQuest soon will be incorporated into the Serials Solutions family of access and discovery services.

Serials Solutions provides fast implementation, easy customization, and outstanding value to libraries throughout the world.

Serials Solutions is a business unit of ProQuest LLC.

About Publishing Technology plc

The Publishing Technology group enables publishers to focus on their core competences by providing a single, trusted partner for both technology requirements and business development services. It is the largest provider of software and services for the publishing industry, servicing eight out of ten of the world’s largest publishers. The group’s proposition uniquely spans front and back office systems – complemented by a range of business development services – to provide the industry’s only end-to-end suite of software specifically designed to support the publishing process. Capabilities cover editorial & production, product information, billing & fulfillment, content conversion & hosting, website development, marketing programs, information commerce, customer relationship management, rights & royalties and business intelligence. All application modules can be configured independently to meet specific publishers’ needs and to allow flexible integration with existing systems. Associated sales and marketing services include consultancy and research, sales representation and telemarketing. The company is listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange and has offices in Europe and North America.