Sep 162007
 

It will be worth keeping an eye on Elsevier’s newly launched OncologySTAT, which provides advertising-supported free access for registered users to over 100 Elsevier oncology journals (press release).

The site will provide a lot of information.

OncologySTAT integrates a multitude of authoritative professional cancer information sources, such as peer-reviewed research, news and regulatory updates, a professional drug monograph and interactions database, chemotherapy regimens, and conference coverage into one easy-to-use online destination. Information and educational materials are delivered across multiple media formats: text, audio, video, interactive, user-generated forums, etc. Community oncologists and cancer-care practitioners in private practice or a non-institutional setting will find OncologySTAT especially useful in gaining immediate integrated access to the latest evidence-based research, news, treatment, and decision support information.

Specific sources of information include:

  • Peer-reviewed Journal Articles: registered users can search and access current journal articles from over 100 Elsevier cancer related journals including The Lancet Oncology, The Breast, Lung Cancer, Cancer Letters, The American Journal of Medicine, Seminars in Oncology, Seminars in Radiation Oncology, Seminars in Hematology, Blood Reviews, etc.
  • Journal Scans: Weekly professional summaries of the most important scientific research from 25 leading cancer journals, including Journal of Clinical Oncology, Journal of the National Cancer Institute, CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, Blood, JAMA, and New England Journal of Medicine.
  • Cancer News Feeds: Late-breaking regulatory and drug approval updates from the widely respected Pink Sheet, as well as professional medical and conference news from the International Medical News Group and MDConsult.
  • InfoBlast E-Newsletter: A weekly e-newsletter highlighting key oncology news, research and site content features.
  • Integrated MEDLINE Search: Immediate access to search MEDLINE’s vast repository of scientific abstracts without exiting OncologySTAT.
  • Cancer-type “Spotlights”: 27 cancer type “Spotlight” sections featuring news, journals, article scans, clinical texts summaries, patient handouts and webinars on cancers such as bone, breast, prostate and lung.
  • Chemotherapy Regimens: Guidelines and protocols from the Elsevier Guide to Oncology Drugs and Regimens (2006) obtained through searches by drug or cancer type.
  • Professional Drug Monograph and Interactions Database: Powered by Gold Standard.

Access to Elsevier’s journals appears to be limited to search-based access, i.e. any articles you can find you can download but there is no access via table of contents. The advanced search options are very limited, for instance there is no fielded search for author, title, abstract, or journal, and I could not see any way of saving a search to run as a regular alert. These restrictions are presumably made in order to protect the subscriptions of the journals covered.

There are also some “community” features including blogs and forums, user biogs, and users can comment on journal articles and other content. The site is, however, much more focussed on a portal model than an out-and-out community and user-generated content approach.

The New York Times did an article too.

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