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October 11, 2011 [posted]

LocatorPlus Display Change

LJI (List of Journals Indexed for MEDLINE) Subject Headings will no longer be displayed in LocatorPlus® after November 18, 2011 and newly assigned LJI Subject Headings are not being added to LocatorPlus as of October 2011. The LJI Subject Heading is a MeSH® term assigned by the National Library of Medicine® (NLM®) to MEDLINE® journals to describe the journal’s overall scope. These currently appear in LocatorPlus records as Other Subjects in the Detailed View and as field 698 in the MARC View. The LJI Subject Headings selection in the Advanced Menu search will be removed. Serfile MARC records distributed to licensees will not contain 698 fields after November 18, 2011.

These overall scope subject headings will continue to be assigned to indexed serials and may be viewed and searched in the NLM Catalog by qualifying the search term with [st] or using the Advanced search limit of Broad Subject Term. Alternatively, you can browse these broad subject terms and run an NLM Catalog search by clicking on Broad Subject Terms from the NLM Catalog homepage. The LJI Subject Heading appears in the Full display with the label: Broad Subject Term(s). However, the element "Broad Journal Heading" will no longer be populated for licensees as part of the XML data in CatfilePlus or Serfile.

MeSH headings describing the specific scope of a journal will continue to be assigned and be searchable and viewable in both LocatorPlus and the NLM Catalog.

In January 2012, a new MARC 999 value of WDN will display in LocatorPlus for titles that have been withdrawn from the NLM collection. This means that withdrawn records will be identifiable both from the Holdings display and in the bibliographic record.

Questions or comments should be sent to

By Diane Boehr
Cataloging Section

Boehr D. LocatorPlus Display Change: List of Journals Indexed for MEDLINE (LJI). NLM Tech Bull. 2011 Sep-Oct;(382):e12.

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