Indexing and abstracting service
An abstracting service is a service that provides abstracts of publications, often on a subject or group of related subjects, usually on a subscription basis. An indexing service is a service that assigns descriptors and other kinds of access points to documents. The word indexing service is today mostly used for computer programs, but may also cover services providing back-of-the-book indexes, journal indexes, and related kinds of indexes. An indexing and abstracting service is a service that provides shortening or summarizing of documents and assigning of descriptors for referencing documents.
Guidelines for indexing and abstracting, including the evaluation of such services, are given in the literature of library and information science.
- Manzer, B. M. (1977). The Abstract Journal, 1790-1920. Origin, Development and Diffusion. Metuchen, N.J.: The Scarecrow Press.
- Klempner, Irving M. (1968). Diffusion of abstracting and indexing services for government-sponsored research. Metuchen, N.J. Scarecrow Press.
- Lancaster, F. W. (1991/1998/2003). Indexing and abstracting in theory and practice. London: Library Association. (1st ed. 1991; 2nd ed. 1998; 3rd. ed. 2003).
- American Society of Indexers: http://www.asindexing.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=1
- Society of Indexers (UK): http://www.indexers.org.uk/