Oxford University Press announced yesterday the re-launch of Oxford Handbooks Online (OHO), now featuring coverage that has grown to 14 disciplines (translating to about 300 handbooks and 10,000 articles in total)â€”a significant expansionÂ of the original platform first launched in the not-so-distant 2009 with just four subject modules, which included Business & Management, Philosophy, Political Science, and Religion. The new platformâ€”designed (and referred to by OUP) as a publishing “program”â€” enables articles to publish immediately after passing peer review, which, according to OUP’s press release, will deliver new scholarship to those who need it faster and more efficiently.
I’ve gotten a flurry of press releases in the past 2 weeks from a variety of reference publishers.Â Some are offering mobile search, others are teaming up to distribute content, or they are offering new products.Â Here’s a sampling of what’s going on (in no apparent order):
- Oxford University Press launched Oxford Handbooks Online
- SAGE Reference is making nearly 70 of their top Social Science encyclopedias available in Credo Reference
- Alexander Street Press announced the streaming music and video collections are going mobile in 2010
- EBSCO Publishing announced the “going mobile” version of EBSCO host
- Facts on File (Infobase Publishing) launched a new curriculum video on demand subscription service
- Rosen and Gale have teamed up to distribute one anothers online health resources – Rosen’s Teen Health & Wellness and Gale’s Health & Wellness Resource Center
- Gale’s Powersearch and InfoTrac now support the MLA 7 format
65 of OUP’s handbooks are now online (as of November).Â Details are below from an OUP Press Release.