Polymer research and test house Rapra Technology is offering a free service “designed to bring the world of polymers direct to the industry”. Called Polymer Contents, it is custom created to the needs of individual subscribers.

Says Rien van den Hondel, Rapra’s manager of databases: “This is a real opportunity for all in the sector to keep abreast – at no charge – of the world’s emerging discoveries and innovations in polymer science, technology and manufacturing; and, most particularly, an opportunity to monitor special interests within the industry’ .

Every month, Rapra abstracts some 400 journals, conference papers and other publications, employing a specialist staff of 25. A digest of all this information will now be made available to users free on www.polymercontents.com

After simple registration, visitors can create ‘topic profiles’ describing their particular interests through an easy-to-use menu. Users may create as many ‘topic profiles’ as they want. Each of these will result in a fortnightly email, listing titles and truncated abstracts of recent, specially selected literature.

The content will be sourced from new additions to Rapra Technology’s polymerlibrary.com – said to be the world’s largest on-line polymer literature database. If, on reading through the fortnightly listings, a particular abstract takes a reader’s interest, it is then available to the subscriber to purchase using a credit card. A commercial copyright cleared full text copy of the original publication will then be delivered to the reader’s computer within 24 hours – more typically within a few hours of ordering, says RAPRA.

Details of all users will be confidential and will not be passed on to any third parties, the association confirms.


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