BrowZine: The best thing to happen to e-journals, ever.
Your serials collection is your most expensive investment in content but it is also the least visible. Rows upon rows of current periodical reading room shelves have been reduced to a few high traffic titles in print. As print journals have shifted to the web, academic libraries have shifted to databases and discovery tools providing precision recall of keyword terms.
Advancements in searching are important, but breaking apart journals into searchable articles has undermined an essential researcher behavior: browsing. Browsing is critical to scholarly research and this has been demonstrated time and time again.
BrowZine is the ideal tool for leveraging your most expensive resource – your electronic serials collection. Present your collection in a streamlined user interface with personalization tools for students and faculty. With customized collections accessible on the web and mobile devices, BrowZine makes your journals more user-friendly than ever before.
Turbocharge your A-Z List
Traditional A-Z systems provide an important function in presenting available content to your users. In fact, the knowledge base that powers that A-Z is the same engine that powers BrowZine. However, BrowZine dramatically improves the experience with a focus on user needs and expectations. We provide a simple, predictive search for looking up titles and journal subject categories from our custom taxonomy of over 1,200 terms, based on Library of Congress subject headings. With a single search, users can see matching titles, subjects and even matching journals by ISSN.
Select a title to go straight to the current table of contents. Select a subject to see a graphical representation of your collection in that area. BrowZine supports hundreds of publishers and tens of thousands of titles. Researchers can rapidly familiarize themselves with your collection and sort titles by Scimago Journal Rank for insights into the top journals in their field.
Curate your collection
BrowZine offers durable linking so that you can guide students and faculty to journals in specific subject areas. Feature top journals in your LibGuides or subject guides with durable links to the most current issue. Add dynamic content to your guides and web pages with eye-catching, rotating covers of top journals from any subject area you choose. Curate lists of journals to completely customize your users’ experience. Faculty can easily add links in their course pages to guide students to recommended journals, facilitating completion of assignments or pinpointing special issues related to that week’s lesson.
Personalized Researcher Experience
Faculty have titles that they frequently consult to stay up to date in their field. These are often a fraction of the library’s overall holdings. BrowZine makes it easy to build this customized collection with My Bookshelf. Give your researchers one-click access to their favorite titles along with alerting features that notify them when a new issue has been published. BrowZine provides a streamlined current awareness experience that is easy to control.
Additionally, with BrowZine Accounts, users can access My Bookshelf on their iOS or Android devices and enjoy seamless syncing across web, tablet, and mobile. Students and faculty move from one screen to another throughout the day. BrowZine keeps up with them and keeps them up to date by supporting researcher workflows. Further, BrowZine on mobile provides a simple and straightforward way to read PDFs offline and send those documents to popular bibliographic management systems like Endnote, Mendeley, Refworks and Zotero.
Integration with your current authentication and holdings systems
Getting started with BrowZine is easy. BrowZine automatically syncs with most A-Z systems and Knowledgebases so that you can continue to maintain your holdings data in a single place.
BrowZine supports popular remote authentication, making it easy to ensure authenticated access to your journals.
Don’t have a remote authentication solution? Third Iron is also an Open Athens reseller and administrator. We are happy to work with your library to find the best solution for you to enable better access to your content.
The Industry Standard
BrowZine is used at nearly 525 top research universities, hospitals and corporations in 24 countries around the world including all of the Ivy League Universities and the Top 10 Medical schools in the United States. BrowZine has been positively reviewed in numerous major library science publications including the Charleston Advisor (2013), Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries, (2014), Health Inform (2015), and Medical Reference Services Quarterly (2016).
Try our free sample library to get started and then contact us to learn more about bringing BrowZine to your institution. Our experienced team will arrange a free webinar and trial of the service and share best practices from other organizations on how they improved their users’ journal experience with BrowZine.