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Institute of Physics, popularly known as IOP is a well known dedicated resource of high
quality information in physical sciences. IOP is world leader in electronic publishing. This
electronic database comprises of journals on various topics like bioinspiration, biometrics,
biomedical materials, astronomy, astrophysics, chemical physics and theoretical physics.
The archive facilitates the researchers to access:

            49 journals (including 7 in open access)
            Over 1000 volume years of journals
            Over 125,000 articles
            Over 1.5 million papers of scientific research


To browse the IOP electronic journals, click on Journal list option from navigation bar as
shown below:

Clicking at “journal list”, a user will be given three options, namely, i) journals by subject;
ii) current journal list; iii) archives; and iv) EJs collection. A screenshot of current journals
arranged alphabetically is given below:

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To view content of a journal, first click at current journal list and click at the journal name
e.g. Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical. On clicking at the journal
name, a user will get screen as shown below. A user can access either current journals or
back journals, select appropriate option as shown below:

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Select appropriate option to view abstract or full-text PDF / HTML articles as shown below:


IOP facilitates two types of search, namely i) Content finder; and ii) Search IOP electronic

Content finder

The Content Finder is a flexible tool, which can be used to find articles or groups of articles
in a number of quick and easy ways. Content finder can be found at the bottom of the
every page.

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Search IOP electronic journals

Searching Article Headers And Abstracts

This search option provides three text entry boxes to refine the search. Each of the text box
can be used to limit the search to a particular field using logic operators, i.e. AND, OR.

Searching Just One Field

Enter keyword(s) in the first text entry box. Select search field from drop-down menu and
Click on Run Search button. For example: To search a string Nanotechnology in the title
of article, enter Nanotechnology in the first text entry box and select Abstract/Title from
drop-down box as shown below:

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To limit the search using drop-down menu located at the right side of the text. To search in
multiple fields, follow the step given below:

            Enter keyword in the first text entry box
            Choose the search field from the drop-down menu
            Select the Boolean operator, to combine the keyword given in next text entry box
            Enter the next keyword in the next text entry box
            Choose the search field from the drop-down menu
            Click on Run Search button

Example given below will search all articles on Electron in title or abstract and written by
author Yogesh K Vohra:

Notes: While searching for author names, enter “First name (Surname) or Initials”. Enter
just author’s surname for best results

Searching the Full Text

To search across the full text of articles, use the textbox entitled Search full text of
articles (as shown about in the screenshot). It search in PDFs and searched PDFs will be
listed on the result page.

Note: The search engine currently defaults to stem searching, therefore a user can search
for structure it displays structures, Structural etc. To switch off stemming, enclosed the
search term in double quotes, so a search for “structure” will find Structure only.

Search Year Range

By default all available years will be searched, the year range can be used to select specific
year range back to 1874.

    within                                                             a           Journal,

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    Subject Category or EJs Collection

    A user can restrict search to a given journal, subject category or to a subject collection.
    There are following four search options available:

            All journals

            Specific journals

            Journals in a specific category

            EJs collection

Display Options

User has an option to display the search results by subject or in a standard format where in
a user can exercise the following options:

        Result per page: To limit the number of return results per page from 10 to 100

        Display in Abstract/Summery Format: It displays article’s abstract or summery
        on the search result page

        Sort results: It is used to sort results by Date, Author, Affiliation, and Relevance. A
        user can also sort by nature and reverse order

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Search Results

The screenshot given below gives the search result of the previous query. A user can access
the full text articles in PDF or HTML format and also access the abstract of the articles or

Full Text Article

On clicking at the “HTML format” in the second record given above, the screenshot of full
text is given below:

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Export/E-Mail Search Results

User has an option to export/e-mail the records of selected search results in a variety of
formats to his/her mail box, on-line filing cabinet or a disk.

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EJs Extra ( Additional Journals Services)

EJs Collections are collections of relevant material in selected areas. Each EJs Collection
has a home page, which provides access to the IOP content available for that area, and
includes, in some cases, links to news items and other relevant information. On each EJs
Collection home page, a user has the option to display articles by month or by journal (or
by subject, where applicable). A menu on the left gives additional links to IOP information.
Full-text access to the articles in EJs collections is automatically available to subscribers.
Some EJs Collections articles are freely available to non-subscribers, for example if they
are included in IOP Select, or if they have been made a featured article. Otherwise, non-
subscribers can purchase EJs Collections articles online by selecting the full-text PDF links.

User’s Options: Enhanced Your Usage

A user is required to create an account and obtain username and password to use the
services mentioned below:

E-Mail Alert Service

The IOP provides the following two types of e-mail alert services:

    Table of contents (TOC) Alerts: User receives the table of contents of his/her favorite
    journals as soon as issue are published online;

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    Enhanced alerts: Enhanced alerting service allows a user to enter more flexible
    alerting criteria including keywords, so that whenever articles matching his/her criteria
    are published, he/she automatically receive alerts containing details of new contents.

To use e-mail alert services, A user need to create an account for obtain username and
password as shown below:

Filling Cabinet

Filing Cabinet is a tool that helps a user to get the best from the Electronic Journals Service.
It helps to keep an on-line record of articles of interest that a user has marked so that
he/she can quickly and easily refer of them. A user can also add his/her own personal notes
that will be displayed with the article's abstract.

    Adding an article: A user can add articles of his/her interest to his/her personal filing
    cabinet by selecting the Add option on the article’s abstract page;

    Personal Notes: Personal notes are comments and annotations that a user can attach
    to an article when he/she adds it to the cabinet. Personal notes will appear on an
    abstract page if the article is listed in the cabinet. The notes can be amended or updated
    at any time by selecting the Amend option from the abstract page;

    Removing an article: to remove an article from the cabinet, select the Delete option
    from the article’s abstract page.

Save Search Results

A user can save the search in Search history for future use, so that he/she can return to it
and rerun it whenever he/she wishes.

Personal Journals List

A user can use this option to create his/her own Personal Journals List on EJs homepage.
He/she can also keep update this journals list. It helps to get the information as easily as

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possible. It is one of the powerful personalization features that are freely available to
individual users.

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