You are correct.
The mechanism appends the ISSN for the journal your are looking at to the
end of a pre-declared (partial)URL for your institution. This (now
complete) URL is then actioned, i.e. a search is performed of your OPAC.
The holdings button is displayed in the full record display, as the full
text button/s is/are.
Incidentally, we have found that many publishers/aggregators support
linking via both ISSNs - as you are clearly not after the paper copy when
you quote it in a URL for downloading. In the first couple of examples in
OPACs I looked at, there was a cross-reference from the paper serial record
to electronic. So the end user could potentially get to fulltext despite
ISI not having a direct linking agreement.
We have sent an email to all linkage subscribers asking if they wish to
explore setting this up for their site and are working through. We are
targetting linkage subscribers first as they have already got institutional
records defined within WoS. It is our intention to then open it out to all
institutions, as ISI have said that the facility can be supported at no
charge. We've currently got 6 sites up, who use INNOPAC, GEAC and TALIS
> From: Ian Winship <[log in to unmask]>
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Holdings info on WoS
> Date: 07 February 2001 09:49
> As many of you will know MIMAS are just implementing a local holdings
> on WoS, whereby users can click on a Holdings button in the search
> to search your library catalogue to check on print holdings for that
> The search is by ISSN and I assume this is
> the ISSN for the print journal. However, many electronic journals have a
> different ISSN which would not be found - unhelpful if you have an
> electronic only journal. WoS does not yet have direct links to full text
> all publishers so identifying holdings of electronic journals would be
> Ross and co - have I got this right and if so is it possible for you to
> both ISSNs?
> Ian Winship
> Learning Resources, University of Northumbria at Newcastle
> City Campus Library, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8ST, UK
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