Library database brings international recognition to University

November 20, 2012 | News, UToday, Library
By Brian Purdue

Writers and editors from all over the world are utilizing the Instructions to Authors Database, a resource maintained through the Mulford Library that has been attracting international attention and praise.

The database serves as a resource for writers by providing direct links to publishers’ and organizations’ information about submitting written works to more than 6,000 health-science journals.

It began as a simple list of web links in 1996 by Mulford Librarian Sheryl Stevens, now the coordinator of cataloging services. With assistance from Mulford Librarian Jim Garrett, the database is searchable and constantly is updated by Mulford staff with assistance from UT Information Technology.

Since its inception, the journal has assisted authors who are trying to present their work, according to Gerald Natal, digital services librarian, who maintains the Instructions to Authors Database.

“The Instructions to Authors Database is a good example of the UT Libraries reaching out beyond the confines of the University and having an impact globally,” Natal said. “I have received and recorded correspondence concerning the database from Austria, Australia, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Spain and all over the continental United States.”

Natal has received a number of requests from authors asking permission to include Instructions to Authors Database in published works on Internet resources and welcomes any comments and suggestions, both for the database itself and possible additions of journals.

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