Citation Trails in Primo Central Index (PCI)

The May 2016 release brought an interesting functionality to the Primo Central Index (PCI): The new "Citation Trail" capability enables PCI users to discover relevant materials by providing cited and citing publications for selected article records.

Citation trail feature in PCI

At this time the only data source for the citation trail feature is CrossRef, thus the number of citing articles will be below the "Cited by" counts in other sources like Scopus and Web of Science.

Further information:

ProQuest Illustrata databases discontinued

Last year, the information provider ProQuest decided to discontinue its "Illustrata Technology" and "Illustrata Natural Science" databases. Unfortunately, this represents a preliminary end to ProQuest’s long-year investment into deep indexing content.

In a corresponding support article ProQuest states that there "[…] will be no loss of full text and full text + graphics images because of the removal of Deep Indexed content". In addition, they announce to "[…] develop an even better way for researchers to discover images, figures, tables, and other relevant visual materials related to their research tasks".

The MPG.ReNa records for ProQuest Illustrata: Technology and ProQuest Illustrata: Natural Science have been marked as "terminating" and will be deactivated soon.

MPG.ReNa via https only

The MPG Resource Navigator MPG.ReNa is now accessible via https only.

If in doubt, please double-check any routines and applications loading or embedding content via MPG.ReNa APIs.

Please note that you may need to re-subscribe to resource feeds, or update URLs of RSS widgets in your Content Management System, etc.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

vLib discontinued

The Max Planck virtual Library has been scheduled for termination a considerable while ago.

After a long period of continued availability, vLib services have eventually been downsized.

Most search targets have been deactivated. User login has been disabled. Please click here for more information.

Note that most MPG Library Catalogs continue to be cross-searchable.

Successor to vLib is MPG.ReNa for browsing electronic resources, and its Find Literature service for global searching.

We apologize for any inconvenience,

The vLib project team

Personal Accounts activated for OvidSP

Users from the Max Planck Society have now access to the "Personal Account" feature in OvidSP. This enables you to create a private workspace to store search strategies, AutoAlerts, and more, by logging in at any time during an active OvidSP session.

In order to try out the Personal Account feature, please:

  • log into OvidSP (IP authenticated access)
  • select "My Workspace" in the top menu to be directed to a login screen

First time users will need to register via the "Create a new Personal Account" link above the login box. Further information can be found in the Ovid help and the video tutorials offered by Wolters Kluwer.

Please note that OvidSP Personal Accounts will replace the MPG/Ovid user login in the near future. All users with an active MPG/Ovid account will receive an email providing more details soon.

Changes to WoS database portfolio

We would like to announce following two changes to the databases available via the Web of Science:

1. The MPG subscription has been extended to Thomson Reuters Citation Connection. This provides MPG researchers with additional access to following databases:

In addition, the Web of Science Core Collection has been expanded by following segments:

  • Book Citation Index, 2005-
  • Current Chemical Reactions, 1986- (incl. INPI Data, 1840-1985)
  • Index Chemicus (IC), 1993-

2. Unfortunately, the subscription to Inspec will terminate end of 2014, thus the database will no longer be available via WoS in 2015. The decision was taken due to the continuously decreasing usage of the database which suggests that a MPG-wide license is no longer reasonable.

Any feedback is welcome, please feel free to fill up the contact form.

MPG/SFX: No further DOI Hijacking

It has been 9 years since we introduced the DOI CookiePusher for the MPG/SFX server. This functionality sets a cookie in the browser which will redirect DOI links to a local link resolver. As a result clicking a DOI link like doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2007.06.019 may lead you to a MPG/SFX service menu, instead of forwarding you to the publisher’s web site directly.

Lately, we received quite a lot of feedback from users complaining about the extra clicks caused by this feature. Therefore, we decided to deactivate the DOI CookiePusher on MPG/SFX. It will take some days until all existing cookies have expired, but afterwards DOI links should no longer be hijacked by MPG/SFX.

You still can request a SFX service menu for a known DOI by:

  1. entering the DOI into the MPG/SFX citation linker:
  2. adding the corresponding plug-in to your browser and pasting the DOI into the search bar: Search plugin creator
  3. calling the script to set DOI cookie manually: DOI cookie pusher
    Please note that the cookie will expire after 72 hours, thus this needs to be repeated regularly.

As always, your feedback is highly appreciated. Feel free to post your comment here or to contact us.