Help: Introduction and overview
For those unfamiliar with our Electronic Journals service, this section
provides an overview of its key features and functiionality. More detailed
information is available via the help index
What do our Electronic Journals offer?
- HyperCiteTM linking technology,
enabling you to to link to the abstracts or full text of articles listed
on our Reference pages.
- Tables of contents, abstracts and print-quality full text, including
mathematics and figures.
- Journals are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via your Web
- The full text of articles is available weeks or months ahead of the
- No usernames or passwords are required to access Electronic
- Full text is provided in PDF and PostScript formats.
- The service provides simple, no-nonsense navigation with
- You can search or browse current issues and receive advance information
on forthcoming articles.
- More colour figures are available than in the print edition.
- Multimedia enhancements are offered where available.
- A Login mode is available, giving you personalization options such as a
virtual Filing Cabinet, Personal Journals List, E-mail Alerting, and
Personal Default Searches.
How do I access the Electronic Journals service?
All you need to connect to the service is a Web browser
and an Internet connection. The service is available from our home page at
http://www.iop.org/. Selecting the
Electronic Journals link takes you to the Electronic Journals home page. All
visitors to our Web site have free access to the tables of contents and
abstracts of each journal plus the full text of 'featured articles'. Users at
registered sites also have access to full text for the journals to which their
There are two modes of our Electronic Journals service:
- Standard mode provides instant access to the tables of contents,
abstracts and full text of the journals to which your institution
subscribes. No username or password is required.
- Login mode offers the same basic features as Standard mode, plus
powerful personalization options. To access the Login mode you need to
create your own username and password by selecting the create account link
found at the top right of all pages.
How do I download the full text of articles?
You can access the full text of articles in journals to which your institution
subscribes. You download an article simply by clicking on the appropriate
icon. The article files are available in PDF or compressed PostScript format.
To be able to view a PDF file, Adobe Acrobat Reader software must be installed
on your computer. Help on Adobe Acrobat is available.
PostScript articles are stored in compressed gzip files. Details on
uncompressing and downloading the files can be found in Online Help. Once you
have uncompressed the PostScript files, they can be viewed on-screen with
GhostView software, or sent to a PostScript printer.
What does Login mode offer me?
With Login mode, a variety of personalization options enable you to customize
the service for your particular needs. Once you have created a username and
password, you will have access to the following features:
This option enables you to create a personalized alerting service that
automatically informs you when your articles of interest become available. The
table(s) of contents or a list of articles of interest (including the
abstracts if you wish) will be e-mailed to you within 24 hours of a new issue
becoming available online.
Personal Default Searches
Selecting Personal Default Search enables you to specify the default terms to
use whenever you execute a search. You can change your default search at any
time, or temporarily disable it to perform a broader search.
You can use your Filing Cabinet to store articles of special interest to you.
You can add articles to your Filing Cabinet on the abstract pages. You can
also add personal notes to the articles in your Filing Cabinet, which can be
updated at any time. Your chosen articles and annotations will remain in your
Personal Filing Cabinet until you choose to update or delete them.
Personal Journals List
Selecting the Personal Journals List link enables you to create your own
customized menu on our Journals List Page so that only the journal titles of
interest to you are displayed.
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