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Bioline International FAQ

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Please have a look at our Frequently Asked Questions and email us if you don't find the answer you're looking for.

Bioline Journals

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Bioline Journals

How can I access a Bioline document?
You can access any Bioline document you are interested in by clicking on the "Code Number" or "Get this Paper" (highlighted in orange) on the abstract page.

How do I know which journals are free?
All material on the Bioline International website is available on an open access (free) basis.

When are new issues added?
The frequency with which new issues of any journal are added to the Bioline International system is dependent upon how often the journal is published and how quickly thereafter the publisher/editor sends the issue to Bioline. Every effort is made to ensure that new journal issues are added to the system as soon as possible after their publication. Unfortunately, because Bioline's partipating journals are located throughout the world, there are often unforeseen difficulties that may delay this process. New issues of existing journals are marked by a sticker on the main Journal Page, and are marked in orange text on each journal's list of issues. These markers will remain for approximately one month after a new issue has been added.

May I submit my paper or research to Bioline International for publication?
No. Bioline International acts merely as a distributor for the journals that participate. Fully published journal issues are sent to our office and are then added to the website. If you are interested in submitting your paper to any partipating journal, please visit the "Information for Authors" or "Contact this Journal" page that accompany all of our current journals. You'll find these pages conveniently linked from each journal's main list of issues.

Why are some journals not listed on the main journal page?
Over time, publishers and journals decide to branch off on their own. Often, many begin to offer their published material from their own website or in some cases, previously publishing journals may cease to exist. For any number of reasons, journals may no longer be actively updated on the Bioline International system. In order to give precedence to our current and up-to-date journals, these other journals have been moved to the "Older Journals" page. A number of these journals are still offered for free in full-text format, and all previous issues of these journals will continue to appear in relevant searches.

What if the article I need is not available on Bioline's system?
If you cannot find the article you require from one of our participating journals, you may need to contact the journal directly. Bioline International's archives may not extend back to early years of a publication or may not contain certain issues due to technical difficulties. In both cases, contacting the journal directly may be the easiest way to gain insight on how to obtain the document you need. If the document you require is from a very new issue of journal that is current on Bioline's system, it may be just a matter of weeks before the issue is added. For new issues, you may want to contact Bioline International via email to determine if the issue will be available soon.

How can I suggest a journal or apply to have my journal included on Bioline International's system?
Please feel free to contact us by email if you have a suggestion about a journal or other information that would be appropriate for the website. An information package is available for journal publishers and editors who are interested in a possible collaboration with Bioline International. All suggestions are highly valued and we appreciate any input that users may have.

Copyright Restrictions
Other than the addition of hyperlinks, articles are distributed through the Bioline platform exactly as they are received by journals. In Bioline, the copyright of online-only journals remains with the authors; copyright of other journals remains with the publishers and the same restrictions apply for the electronic version as for the printed version.

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Bioline Features

What does the symbol mean? How can I use it?
In the interest of providing value-added service, Bioline International has developed a species linking service that will automatically search many external databases for information on a particular species. Abstracts for every article on Bioline's system are created in XML format, and instances of species names are marked with the symbol. It's very easy to use - simply click on the symbol and watch what happens. You will be linked to information about the particular species on a number of different databases. Valuable information, at your finger-tips! We hope this feature will both enrich your research and help to reduce your research time. Please note that this feature may not appear on very old Bioline documents - they were created before this feature was put into action.

How can I contact a particular journal?
Each current journal on the Bioline International system has a series of information pages that provide a valuable resource for researchers and writers. Any one of the following pages should be available for each journal: About This Journal, Contact This Journal, and Information For Authors. Bioline recommends that all users and writers check these pages. The "Contact this Journal" page provides current contact information as well as a list of websites that are relevant or related to the journal. In some instances, you may also find websites that Bioline suggests as good companion information for a particular journal.

Where are updates to the web site listed?
New issues are advertised on the Bioline homepage as well as our "news" section on a weekly basis.

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Searching for articles on Bioline International

How do I search all journals on the Bioline International website?
To search all journals on the system, start at the list of journals or at our homepage. You will notice that "Search all journals" is written above the search box. Enter your subject in the search box, and press enter. A list of related articles and journal issues will appear.

How do I search a particular journal for a topic?
To limit your search to a particular journal, head for the journal's list of issues (for example, http://www.bioline.org.br/ti/) and use the search box provided. You'll notice that "Search all issues" is written above the search box. In this case, our search engine will search only the issues of the journal you've selected. Press enter and review the list of article that is generated. If you do not find any articles related to your topic, you may want to back up a step and search all of Bioline's journals, rather than just one.

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Getting more help

Who can I contact if I need more help?
Please feel free to email Bioline International at any time if you have any questions or concerns. We would love to have your feedback on our services, journals or any problem you may encounter.

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Last updated: November 28, 2012

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