Amateur
Entomologists'
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AES back issues being digitised

Published: 23 February 2015

We are pleased to announce that back issues of The Bulletin, Invertebrate Conservation News and The Entomologist's Record and Journal of Variation are being digitised and will be made available.

The AES recently signed an agreement with the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) to allow our back issues to be digitised. The Bulletin will be digitised from its beginnings in 1939 through to within five years of the current volume and then on a rolling basis. Invertebrate Conservation News will also be digitised from its first issue to within five years of the current volume and then on a rolling basis. The Entomologist's Record and Journal of Variation has already been partially digitised by the BHL (prior to the journal becoming an AES publication) but the agreement has now been updated. Issues of The Entomologist's Record will be digitised to within ten years of the current volume.

These journals are already held in many publicly available collections within various libraries around the world (including the Natural History Museum in London) and can, of course, be accessed by anyone via these institutions. In fact, it is these institutions (members of the Biodiversity Heritage Library consortium) that are digitising their existing collections of journals rather than issues being supplied or digitised by the society.

We are delighted that our back issues will be made freely available as many of you have requested access over the years and there is a wealth of entomological information within these journals. This information will now be available to all entomologists. In time these digitised back issues will complement our Bulletin archive search allowing entomologists to search for articles and then read an electronic copy of the item.

Back issues of The Bulletin have already started appearing on the Biodiversity Heritage Library web site and 48 volumes between 1944 and 2007 are already available:

http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/bibliography/99903#/summary

Invertebrate Conservation News is also featured with issues between 1994 and 2007 now available:

http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/bibliography/100024#/summary

The Entomologist's Record has issues between 1891 and 1998 available here:

http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/bibliography/8408#/summary

The AES would like to thank the Biodiversity Heritage Library consortium and its partners for helping preserve the history of the AES and make it available to all entomologists.


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