February 11, 2008

Electronic journal for medical colleges

The National Medical Library has started an electronic journal consortium, “Electronic Resources in Medicine” (ERMED), for providing full-text electronic journal service to 39 medical colleges and institutions across the country. These include ten Directorate-General of Health Services libraries and 28 Indian Council of Medical Research libraries and the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences library.

Union Health Secretary Naresh Dayal launched the ERMED portal www.nmlermed.in at Nirman Bhavan here earlier this week. According to a release issued by the National Medical Library, the facility offers over a million articles in the open-access mode from over 1,515 medical journals. Articles can be searched by using the choice of journals, publishers, subjects and keywords of database.

“The library has adopted the most cost-effective strategy to put together the project that is aimed at building up a sustainable health information base and is committed to dissemination of a free flow of information,” said an official release.

The Director-General of Health Services is financing the entire project for 39 libraries. “The National Medical Library is the one-stop resource-sharing centre for medical literature across the country,” said National Medical Library director Anjana Chattopadhyay.

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