This page has quick links to where you can find answers on common queries and help regarding search and browse.

    Common queries

    Help accessing articles
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    Paying for access
    You can purchase access to individual articles. Browse through the available online content and select the article you want access to. When you are prompted to sign in, select the "Purchase this Article" option. 
    I’m a member of a society that gets free access. How do I access my subscription?
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    Help for librarians 
    Please visit the librarian page for librarian information, including downloading COUNTER reports, updating IPS and administrator details, and adding institutional branding. You can access your account at or email with queries which aren’t answered here.
    How do I receive alerts about new content?
    You can receive table of contents alerts and notification of new articles on the all issues page, as well as being able to access the journal’s RSS feed.
    Accessible at article level are citation alerts.
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    Help with the Annotation tool
    You are able to add annotations to journal articles as you read them. Highlight the text to add comments. These comments are accessible via your account, “my stuff”.
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    Help with searching

    Quick Search
    A quick search box is available at the top right of every page. A search returns a list of articles in order of relevance. A Quick Search will search across all content including Titles, Abstracts, and Keywords.
    Users may then use filters to search within the results, refine their search further, or select just the content to which they have full text access.
    Creating Advanced Searches
    The Advanced Search page can be used to build more complex searches and to search specific fields (e.g. Title or Author). In addition, users may use Boolean operators in both the Advanced and Quick Searches.
    Search allows use of Boolean operators (AND/ OR / NOT). By default a search on a string of words will return results containing the individual words, e.g. endocrine disorders is the same as endocrine AND disorders.
    To search for an exact phrase use ("), e.g. "endocrine disorders" returns only results with these two words together in this order - an exact text match of the phrase.
    Use (*) as a wild card. e.g. endo* will return searches containing endocrine, endocrinlogy, endoderm, endotherm etc; colo*r will return searches containing colour as well as color.
    Basic algorithmic stemming is used to disregard some word endings, e.g. a search for city will automatically include cities.
    Users may then use filters to refine the search further or select content they wish to view.
    Filtering Search and Browse Results
    Refine your search and browse results by using the filters on the left of the results page. You can refine by:
    • Abstract
    • Author
    • Full text
    • DOI
    • Subject
    • Title
    • Access – open access; accessible content
    • Date
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