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NLM Technical Bulletin 1997 Sep-Oct; 298



In This Issue:

Year-End Processing (YEP)

YEP of Stored and Saved Searches and Automatic SDI's

CHEMLINE® and TOXLIT® Retire

Rebuilding of CATLINE®/ AVLINE®

MeSH Coming Attractions

MeSH on the Web

Gold Standard Search

Technical Notes


Appendixes:

MEDLINE - 1998 Weekly Update Schedule

AIDSLINE - 1998 Weekly Update Schedule

HealthSTAR - 1998 Weekly Update Schedule

NLM Databases - 1998 Monthly Update Schedule

[This link was removed because it is no longer valid] 1998 NLM Pricing Algorithm Chart

dot MEDLARS Pricing Schedule


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Appendix F

NATIONAL LIBRARY OF MEDICINE, BETHESDA, MD 20894

MEDLARS PRICING SCHEDULE

Effective October 1, 1997

The following is a listing of annual license fees for databases available for lease from NLM. There are no use charges.
Effective October 1, 1997 there is no surcharge for non-U.S. use.

DATABASE   ANNUAL LICENSE FEE AND NOTES
     
AIDSDRUGS   No annual license fee. AIDSDRUGS and AIDSTRIALS are leased together.
     
AIDSLINE No annual license fee.
     
AIDSTRIALS No annual license fee. AIDSDRUGS and AIDSTRIALS are leased together.
     
AVLINE $1,000 current year: updated monthly on tape or via ftp. $1,000 one time fee for base file (up to current year) on tape only. Available in MARC-compatible format only.
     
BIOETHICSLINE   $1,000
     
CANCERLIT  

$3,000. NLM licenses CANCERLIT only to official International MEDLARS Centers. All other prospective licensees of CANCERLIT should contact NCI (National Cancer Institute):

R.A. Bloch International Cancer Information Center
9030 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda, MD 20852
(301) 496-7406
     
CATLINE  
$6,000 current year: updated weekly via ftp only. OR
$4,000 current year: updated monthly on tape or via ftp.
$3,000 one-time fee for base file (1965 up to the current year) on tape only.
$3,000 one time fee for retrospective file (pre-1965) on tape only. Available in MARC-compatible format only.
     
CHEMICAL CARCINOGENESIS SEARCH INFORMATION SYSTEM (CCRIS)   $1,000
     
ChemID   $1,000. Licensees must make separate arrangements with two data suppliers in advance: U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention, Inc., and Cosmetic Toiletries and Fragrance Association.
     
DEVELOPMENTAL AND REPRODUCTIVE TOXICOLOGY (DART)   $1,000
     
DIRLINE   No annual license fee.
     
ENVIRONMENTAL TERATOLOGY INFORMATION CENTER BACKFILE (ETICBACK)   $1,000
     
GENE-TOX   $1,000
     
HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES DATA BANK (HSDB)   $2,500. The Emergency Medical Treatment (EMT) field in HSDB is not distributed in the leased database.
     
HealthSTAR™   $3,000
     
HISTLINE   $1,000
     
MEDLINE  
Current Year data (input during 1998 indexing year):
$9,000 weekly updates -OR-
$5,000 monthly updates

Older data: licensees requesting older data must select one of the 7 groupings of years as shown below.

Fees Years of Publication
$1,750.00 1995 - 1997
$1,750.00 1993 - 1997
$1,750.00 1990 - 1997
$3,500.00 1985 - 1997
$5,250.00 1980 - 1997
$5,250.00 1975 - 1997
$7,000.00 1966 - 1997
     
MeSH VOCABULARY   $1,000 on tape in ELHILL Unit Record Format (no charge with MEDLINE). No license or fee applies if the data are used for translation purposes only. See FILE page 4 for additional information about the availability of MeSH data from NLMs Web site at no cost.
     
OLDMEDLINE   $1,000
PDQ  

Available from NCI. Prospective domestic and non-U.S. licensees of PDQ should contact NCI (National Cancer Institute):

R.A. Bloch International Cancer Information Center
9030 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda, MD 20852
(301) 496-7406
     
POPLINE   $2,000
     
REGISTRY OF TOXIC EFFECTS OF CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES (RTECS)  

Available from NTIS. Prospective domestic and non-U.S. licensees of RTECS should contact NTIS (National Technical Information Service):

NTIS
5285 Port Royal Road
Springfield, VA 22161
(703) 487-4650
     
SDILINE   $5,000 updated monthly (if leased separately from MEDLINE).
     
SERLINE   $1,000. Certain SERLINE data are also available at no charge from NLM's Web site. See page 4 for additional information.
     
SPACELINE   $1,000
     
TOXIC CHEMICAL RELEASE INVENTORY (TRI 87-TRI95)  

Available from NTIS. Prospective domestic and non-U.S. licensees should contact NTIS (National Technical Information Service):

NTIS
5285 Port Royal Road
Springfield, VA 22161
(703) 487-4650
     
TOXLINE  
$2,500 plus royalties for the current file (1981 through TOXLINE65 the current year).
$2,500 plus royalties for the backfile (1965-80).

The NIOSHTIC subfile produced by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is not distributed in the leased databases. There are tape royalties for TOXLINE and TOXLINE65 which must be negotiated with and paid directly to two of the file content providers, Biological Abstracts, Incorporated (BIOSIS) and the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists (ASHP). Licensees must make separate arrangements with those data suppliers in advance.

There are two leasing options available for TOXLINE and TOXLINE65:
1. all subfiles except NIOSHTIC;
2. all subfiles except NIOSHTIC, BIOSIS, and IPA. The charges are the same. Please specify which TOXLINE version is to be licensed.
     
TOXNET Databases & Databanks   See individual database names: CCRIS, DART, ETICBACK, GENE-TOX, HSDB, RTECS, TRI.

ADDITIONAL FEES

  1. Sample data:
    A sample tape is available upon written request for a fee of $50.00. (There is no fee for AIDSDRUGS/AIDSTRIALS, AIDSLINE, or DIRLINE sample tapes.) MeSH data are available from NLM's Web site at no charge (see page 4).
  2. GENER format:
    If Current Year MEDLINE (SDILINE) data are supplied in GENER format, there is an extra, annual flat-rate fee of $1,000.00.
  3. Replacement tapes:
    Replacement tapes cost $75.00/tape.

Online charges for NLM's MEDLARS System are calculated by using an algorithm which includes connect hour charges and charges for search statements, citations, computer resources (i.e., disk accesses), and characters transmitted to the user's terminal. The charges remain the same regardless of time of day. Effective October 1, 1997 there is no surcharge for non-U.S. use.

MEDLARS DATA AVAILABLE FROM THE WORLD WIDE WEB

  1. MeSH VOCABULARY DATA:
    The National Library of Medicine makes its annual Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) available for downloading in several formats from the MeSH page on the NLM World Wide Web site (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/filelist.html). There is no charge or license required for each Web-based version; however, completion of an online memorandum of understanding is required to obtain the complete file in each format. Sample data are available.
    1. MeSH TREES FILE: contains MeSH Headings with their associated hierarchical tree numbers (referred to as the "Trees file"). Subheadings and supplementary chemical records are not included. Updated annually.
    2. MeSH in MARC-COMPATIBLE FORMAT - contains MeSH Headings, subheadings and combination records in MARC-compatible format. Supplementary chemical records are not included. Updated annually.
    3. ASCII MeSH - contains MeSH Headings in ASCII format with all data elements contained in the online MeSH Vocabulary database at NLM included. Subheadings and supplementary chemical records are included. Updated annually.
  2. SERLINE (Serials) DATA:
    Serials data are available at no cost from the NLM World Wide Web site http://www.nlm.nih.gov/tsd/serials/lsiou.html and http://www.nlm.nih.gov/tsd/serials/jnlupdate.html. For those without Web access, tagged SERLINE information, sorted alphabetically by the title of the journal, may be obtained by anonymous ftp from the host nlmpubs.nlm.nih.gov in the directory /online/journals. There are six files, each beginning with the name "List of Serials Indexed - Tagged Data:". A license agreement is not required to obtain these data.
PLEASE DIRECT ANY LEASING QUESTIONS TO:

Mr. Sheldon Kotzin
Chief, Bibliographic Services Division
National Library of Medicine
8600 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20894
Telephone: 301-496-6217
FAX: 301-496-0822
E-mail: kotzin@nlm.nih.gov

A National Library of Medicine data leasing information packet is available from the address listed above and also may be obtained from the NLM World Wide Web site (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/databases/leased.html) or by anonymous ftp from the host nlmpubs.nlm.nih.gov in the directory /nlminfo/agreements/leased/license/ [corrected 1/3/1998]


NLM ONLINE PRICING ALGORITHM CHARGES

Applies to searching via command language or via Grateful Med, the user-friendly personal computer software packages for Windows, DOS, and Macintosh. Searching through Internet Grateful Med and PubMed, NLM's two World Wide Web applications, is FREE.

Effective January 1, 1998 Prices apply 24 hours per day.
File Connect Charge (Per Hour) Search Statement Charge Online Citation Charge Interaction Charge (Carriage Returns) Computer Resources Disk Accesses (Per 100) Online Character Charge (Per 1,000)
                         
      ELHILL COMPUTER        
MEDLINE® & Backfiles   $2.40   $.06   $.01   --   $.04   $.05
                         
AIDSLINE® , AIDSTRIALS, AIDSDRUGS & DIRLINE®   FREE   FREE   FREE   --   FREE   FREE
                         
TOXLINE® & TOXLINE65   2.40   .06   .01   --   .04   .05
                         
ALERT   2.40   .06   --   --   .04   --
                         
All Others 2.40   .06   .01   --   .04   .05

           
PDQ®   18.00   --   --   --   --   --

           
DOCUSER® & LOAN STATUS   FREE   FREE   FREE   --   FREE   FREE

           
      TOXNET COMPUTER        
All Files   3.80   .08   --   .02   --   .08

  • Depending largely upon the amount of information viewed/printed/downloaded, a MEDLINE search generally ranges from $1.25 - $5.00.
  • The charge to ftp online search results via the Internet follows this algorithm. There are no additional charges.

NLM OFFLINE CHARGES

Pages Per Page for PRT OFFLINE, OFFSEARCH, or Automatic SDIs Per 2,000 Characters Transmitted via ftp*** for Automatic SDIs only
MEDLINE & Other Databases   $0.30   $0.10

   
AIDSLINE, AIDSTRIALS, AIDSDRUGS, DIRLINE & DOCUSER   FREE   FREE

   
TOXNET Files   $0.30   Not applicable

   
Offsearches   Per File  
MEDLINE & Other Databases   $1.00 (plus page charges)  

   
AIDSLINE, AIDSTRIALS, AIDSDRUGS, DIRLINE & DOCUSER   FREE  

   
Automatic SDI Searches   Per Search  
SDILINE® , AVLINE® , BIOETHICSLINE® , CANCERLIT® , CATLINE® , HealthSTAR , POPLINE®, TOXLINE   $1.50 (plus page charges or ftp character charges)  

   
AIDSLINE   FREE  

***The Internet ftp data charge is applied per unit of 2,000 characters transmitted (a low estimate of how many characters fit on a page of NLM's offline print paper) using the rate of $0.05/1,000 characters from the online pricing algorithm.

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