MathSciNet is a comprehensive database from the American Mathematical Society covering the world's mathematical literature since 1940 and providing web access to the bibliographic data and reviews of mathematical research literature contained in the Mathematical Reviews Database.
- Savings against individual subscription
- Annual opt out clause
- Other permitted users including:
- Access for tutors and support staff of Franchise Students
- Remote access for retired staff
- Allowing visiting academics and students remote access for the period that they are visiting
- People associated with the licensee
This Agreement is available to Higher and Further Education Institutions in the UK and the Republic of Ireland, Research Councils in the UK and to Eduserv Associated Sites.
Bona Fide education institutions in other countries may also be able to participate, for example, members of IATUL, SURFdiensten and NHS sites but require approval on a case by case basis and on application to Eduserv.
The original UK Consortium for MathSciNet was formed in 2001 and administered on a voluntary basis by Paul Reynolds of Swansea University. Eduserv Chest assumed the role of consortium administrator in 2005. The consortium saved 23.5% over list in 2005 and in 2008, the consortium received savings of just under 25%. With new members the savings in 2011-2013 could be even higher.
Owner: The American Mathematical Society (AMS)
MathSciNet is an electronic publication offering access to a carefully maintained and easily searchable database of reviews, abstracts and bibliographic information for much of the mathematical sciences literature. Over 100,000 new items are added each year, most of them classified according to the Mathematics Subject Classification. Authors are uniquely identified, enabling a search for publications by individual author rather than by name string. Continuing in the tradition of the paper publication, Mathematical Reviews (MR), which was first published in 1940, expert reviewers are selected by a staff of professional mathematicians to write reviews of the current published literature; over 40,000 reviews are added to the database each year. Extending the MR tradition, MathSciNet contains over 2 million items and over 1 million direct links to original articles. Bibliographic data from retro digitised articles dates back to the early 1800s. Reference lists are collected and matched internally from over 400 journals, and citation data for journals, authors, articles and reviews is provided. This web of citations allows users to track the history and influence of research publications in the mathematical sciences.
A list of the serials and journals from which bibliographic data is currently being added to the database is available as a PDF file or in CSV file for Excel. See the MR Editorial Statement for a fuller description of the scope of the database.
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Journal content only
New content is added at least quarterly but please see Product Description for further information.
Alterations / Additions
All additions and new functionality will be incorporated at no additional charge.
New subscribers can join the consortium until 1 March in any subscription year (subscription years run from 1 January to 31 December) and should apply to Eduserv to find out how much a subscription will cost them. After 1 March new subscribers can join the consortium for the following subscription year and will be given free access to the database from 1 July until the 1 January of the new subscription year.
Exact pricing for each subscribing institution cannot be given. You are reminded that with the right to opt out on an annual basis this could cause the pricing for those who continue to rise. The following is provided for guidance.
Consortium subscription consists of 3 parts:
- The Database Fee or DAF which covers the cost of maintaining and enhancing the database. Annual non-consortium DAF prices per subscriber in 2010 are:
Database Fee (DAF) Price Price List Price $10,935.00 Institutional AMS Members $9,205.00
- The DAF for the whole consortium is calculated using these figures and is based on the number of previous subscribers to Mathematical Reviews in the consortium, the length of time they have been members of the consortium and whether the members of the consortium are also institutional members of AMS. AMS do not charge the DAF for members who have never had a subscription to a Mathematical Review Product or have not had one in the previous five years. The effect of this is that the overall DAF is reduced for all the members of the consortium.
- The total consortium DAF fee is divided between all the members for payment according to the length of time they have been members of the consortium. In order to encourage wider participation in the consortium and to increase access to MathSciNet new members are given substantial discounts paying just 10% of the site DAF fee in year 1 and 50% in year 2. In year 3 sites contribute 100% of the site DAF.
- The MathSciNet or MSN Fee which covers the cost of the online delivery of the data.
The MathSciNet Fee shall be calculated per Licensed Institution and be based on the level of "Mathematical Activity" (MA).
MA shall be defined as being the number of authors and their papers reviewed and/or indexed in the database over the most recent three year period originating from that Licensed Institution at the time AMS provides a quote for the Licensor Fee to Eduserv.
The MathSciNet Fee shall be calculated using the formula MA x $20 + $286, with a minimum charge of $286 and a maximum charge of $1,144.
- Eduserv will charge sites a management fee of 5% to cover our costs of administering the consortium.
AMS will cap any annual DAF price increases at 4%.
Members of the Consortium will be notified of pricing for the coming year by or soon after 1 October each year.
On average a consortium member saves approximately £1,500 per annun.
This Agreement is of 3 years duration, commencing 1 January 2011 and terminating 31 December 2013. Institutions may sign to the Agreement at any time during that period, but having signed will be committed until the end of it unless they terminate by giving notice in writing to Eduserv BEFORE 15 September of the prior year.
On receipt of a completed Licence, Institutions will be invoiced for the Agreement year in which the Licence is signed.
For the subsequent year, Institutions will be invoiced three months in advance of the anniversary date of the Agreement, on or after 1 October as soon as practically possible, following receipt of figures from AMS.
All Purchase Orders must be made out to Eduserv and Eduserv's invoices must be paid within 30 calendar days of the date of the invoice.
Start date: 1 January 2011 End date: 31 December 2013
Institution Commitment Period
Institutions may participate at any time during the period and will be bound until the end of the Agreement (31 December 2013) unless they give the required notice to opt out on an annual basis.
How to Order
One signed copy of the Licence Form (PDF, 144 Kb) is required.
When completed the form should be returned using one of the following methods:
As a PDF by email to email@example.com
By fax to 01225 474301
By post to:
- Please include an Institution Purchase Order for the full amount due plus VAT, made out to 'Eduserv'.
The licence form is the current version for this agreement. You should keep a copy for your own records. Please contact us if you need a copy of a previous version.
If you have any queries, then please email us at Eduserv Help: firstname.lastname@example.org
What institutions and library services are allowed to do?
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|Incorporate parts of the licensed materials in printed or electronic course materials|
|Include material in Jorum or Institutional repositories|
|Keep a local cached copy for teaching purposes|
Who can use the resource?
'Authorised User' means a type of user who is a currently registered student of the Licensee, a faculty member or an employee of the Licensee, in each case authorised by the Licensee to access the Licensee's library and information services whether from a computer or terminal on the Licensee's Secure Network or offsite via a Secure Access Management System or, in the case of Licensed Materials, access to the Licensee's onsite library facilities.
For full details see: Eduserv General Licence ConditionsOther Permitted Users:
"Other Permitted Users" are the following categories of user that are permitted to have access to the Products via a Licensee’s library and information services whether from a computer terminal on the Licensee’s Secure Network or offsite via a Secure Access Management System or via the Licensee’s onsite library facilities:
- students undertaking a course of study leading to a qualification awarded by the Licensee;
- teachers of Authorised Users and librarians involved in their instruction and support who are not employed by the Licensed Institution;
- retired members of staff of a Licensed Institution;
- visiting academics, researchers and research supervisors from other educational or research establishments;
- visiting students from other educational establishments;
- any person associated with the Licensee but not employed by the Licensee such as pastoral and welfare workers or support people.
- Walk in Users. A walk in user is defined as a person other than an Authorised User who is permitted to access the secure network of the Licensed Institutions only via a computer or terminal within the Licensed User's premises.
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|Any student studying at another institution who is undertaking a course of study leading to a qualification awarded by the Licensee|
|Teachers of Authorised Users and librarians involved in their instruction and support who are not employed by the Licensed Institution|
|Retired members of staff of a Licensed Institution|
|Bona fide members of a Licensee's Alumni Association|
|Visiting academics, researchers and research supervisors from other educational or research establishments|
|Visiting students from other educational establishments|
|Any person associated with the Licensee but not employed by the Licensee such as pastoral and welfare workers or support people|
|Walk-in Users (a member of the public permitted by a licensed institution to use the library)|
What can authorised users do?
The resource can be used for
• personal educational development
• administration and management of the business of the Licensee's organisation
• development work associated with any of the above
• Use the product for commercial purposes (i.e. monetary gain) or for any purpose other than educational use
• Work of direct benefit to the employer of students on industrial placement
• Non-authorised users; they must not be given access, print or download the resource(s) or allowed to make a copy of any licensed materials
• Downloading of large amounts of material that might be considered "systematic"
Material downloaded under the Agreement before its expiry may continue to be used under the same licence conditions as pertain while the Agreement exists. Once the Agreement has terminated then no further access to the service and to future publications will be possible unless the Agreement is renewed or extended. If the Agreement is renewed or extended then new conditions will apply. If the Agreement is not renewed then renewal is a matter between Institutions and AMS.
Personal Licences are not available under this Agreement.
A free 30-day trial is available to all interested Institutions on completion of the online MathSciNet 30 day free trial form on the AMS website at http://www.ams.org/customers/msntrial.pdf.
Support will be provided by AMS via a single contact or his/her deputy at each Institution. AMS support can be contacted at:
- email: email@example.com
(email link to MSN Support on all pages; email is normally answered within one business day)
- phone: 00-1-401-455-4000
- fax: 00-1-401-331-3842
Documentation is available online. Everything is available from http://www.ams.org/mathscinet
Documentation may be downloaded from the AMS web site with the latest enhancements at http://www.ams.org/bookstore/pspdf/msn-enhancements-05.pdf
Additional copies of this free publication are available from the AMS.
When placing your order for MathSciNet-Mathematical Reviews on the Web: Guiding you through the literature of mathematics, refer to order code MRBK.
Membership & Customer Services Department,
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P.O. Box 6248,
Providence, RI, 02940-6248
Phone 00-1-401-455-4000, worldwide
Training and Training Materials
Training materials are available online.
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