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researchers will soon be able to pinpoint relevant research through indexing of tables, figures, and other illustrations from Springer journals and to link out to the articles in their library's electronic subscriptions.

ProQuest and Springer Science+Business Media will collaborate to incorporate deep indexing from Springer's acclaimed journals into CSA Illustrata resources.  As a result, researchers will soon be able to pinpoint relevant research through indexing of tables, figures, and other illustrations from Springer journals and to link out to the articles in their library's electronic subscriptions.

"Biology and environmental sciences are image-intensive fields of study, with researchers extensively relying on diagrams, graphs, maps, illustrations, and visual data," said Mark Hyer, ProQuest vice president of publishing.  "CSA Illustrata provides a useful solution for accessing this information to enhance the discovery process."

"Springer is pleased to have its publications enhanced by ProQuest as part of the CSA Illustrata program, as we think this will be a real benefit to researchers working with our graphical data," said Bob Boissy, Springer Director of Network Sales.

CSA Illustrata: Natural Sciences will enhance discovery of key Springer journal literature through deep indexing of leading titles such as:>

  • Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
  • Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
  • Environmental Biology of Fishes
  • Environmental Geology
  • Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
  • Evolutionary Ecology
  • Hydrobiologia
  • Marine Biology
  • Oecologia
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Water, Air, & Soil Pollution

Released in early 2007 with a Natural Sciences module, CSA Illustrata debuted a patent-pending process of deep indexing, which surfaces relevant data and research findings by identifying tables, charts and other illustrations from journal articles and indexing them for retrieval through a common search. 

Since last year's initial release, CSA Illustrata: Natural Sciences has continued to grow. It will soon reach a major milestone of deep indexing more than 2 million tables and figures from notable scholarly journals.  CSA Illustrata: Natural Sciences has been quickly embraced by researchers, librarians and reviewers, who have hailed it as a major innovation supporting the research process. In its initial year, it has been honored as an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice magazine, a Library Journal Best Reference, and a CODiE award finalist.

This summer, CSA Illustrata will be expanded to offer a Technology module which is designed to improve research power and efficiency in this significant research area.  Key subjects to be covered in CSA Illustrata: Technology will include aerospace, engineering, high technology, and materials science. 

Additional information about CSA Illustrata and its powerful application of deep indexing is available at

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30 April 2008

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