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May 14, 2003

American Scientist Magazine Launches Updated Online Edition

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC -- American Scientist magazine celebrated its 90th year of publication this week by launching an updated online edition that provides a number of new features, plus access to more of its contents than ever before. The site is available at www.americanscientist.org.

Published by Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, the award-winning bimonthly magazine of science and technology is known for its insightful articles by working scientists and engineers, and for the colorful, eye-catching illustrations that complement them.

The new American Scientist Online displays full-text articles and columns, complete with illustrations and graphics, as well as links to related articles and Internet resources. New Web-only content includes timely e-newsletters, such as Science in the News Weekly, a free weekly digest of science stories appearing in the mainstream media.

An expanded online book review section includes the Scientists’ Nightstand, in which noted researchers talk about what they’ve been reading lately.

Other features include the Scientists’ Bookstore, in partnership with Barnes & Noble, and a “Site of the Week,” highlighting science and engineering Web sites.

By the end of the summer, the online edition will include a searchable, full-text archive of American Scientist issues back to 1998. Institutional libraries will be offered a service that includes automated links to the underlying peer-reviewed literature.

"Over the years American Scientist has been the place where leading scientists and engineers explain their research, and where they discuss issues and ideas," said Editor Rosalind Reid.

"We’re building a database that encapsulates and indexes these discussions and the pictures that illustrate them," she continued, "so that these resources can be made more useful and accessible to scholars and enthusiasts of science. We hope this service will grow and change as the Internet and the needs of the community change."

Sigma Xi members and the magazine’s subscribers have full access to American Scientist Online. Those who are neither will nonetheless be able to see much of the current issue, including the full text of a feature article or two, as well as most of the columns and departments, plus all of the new online features and selected content from the full-text archive.

In the near future, online registration will allow access to nearly all of the current issue and all of the book reviews in the archive. American Scientist Online is a joint project with 4Lane Digital Inc., a subsidiary of The Lane Press in Burlington, Vt.

"American Scientist Online represents a greatly improved benefit for our members and subscribers. I am very proud that Sigma Xi’s flagship magazine is at the cutting edge of technology and service," said Sigma Xi Executive Director Patrick D. Sculley, D.D.S., M.A.

American Scientist has been published since 1913 by Sigma Xi, one of the oldest and largest scientific organizations in the world. Founded in 1886, Sigma Xi is the international honor society of research scientists and engineers, with approximately 72,000 members in more than 500 chapters in North America and abroad.

American Scientist’s primary aim is to communicate the latest developments in science and technology across disciplinary lines, in order to help scientists and engineers stay abreast of research outside their own fields. Teachers and journalists also find it a valuable aid in explaining the fast-paced world of science and technology.


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