Frequently Asked Questions
Document Library and Publications
1. I would like to order a publication found in the Comdocuments/Publications database.
Please use the contact details available in the relevant record. External links to the EUR-OP national sales agents are available wherever necessary.
2. Where can I find Commission (COM) and Secretariat General (SEC)
documents on CORDIS?
It is now possible to download RTD-related Commission documents (COM documents and SEC documents) from the CORDIS RTD-Document Library. These were previously stored as abstracts on the CORDIS RTD-Comdocuments database but since June 2000, newly selected documents are available as fully downloadable electronic documents which can be viewed, printed, or emailed to registered CORDIS users.
If you cannot find a COM or SEC document in the Document Library, you should check the CORDIS RTD-Comdocuments database, as it may still be held as an archive copy in the form of an abstract.
Other non-RTD Commission COM and SEC documents are available from EUR-Lex and EUR-OP.
3. I wish to order a publication that I have found in the Publications
database, but I was informed that it is not available anymore.
Bibliographic references are valid at the time records are published in the database. However, given that the database contains records dating from 1962, it is possible that a number of publications may be out of print and that some contact organizations do not exist anymore. In these cases CORDIS cannot guarantee their availability. If you would like to further investigate the availability of a publication already referenced in the CORDIS Publications database, searching in other European electronic libraries may be an alternative.
As an example, we reference the British Library, which has been an EC Depository Library since 1966 and has significant holdings of EC material dating back to the 1950s. The British Library may be contacted as follows:
The British Library Document Supply Centre
Tel: +44 (0) 1937 546060
Fax: +44 (0) 1937 546333
We continue to search for other European sources of information, which may be useful in the context of EU R&D publications.
Search in the databases
4. How detailed can my search be? Can I search by name, author affiliation or document reference?
Yes. All fields in the databases are fully indexed. That means that whenever you search in a database, all the fields of this database are searched. You can enter a name or a document reference [i.e. SEC(96) 1083] as search terms, and then launch your search. (The indexing of all database fields will increase the number of hits).
5. Can I search using the Boolean operators (and, not, or)?
Yes. In the simplest case, a search argument can be a single word or term. However, more than one word is allowed as long as they are separated by at least one space. In this case, the space is interpreted as 'AND' linking the various terms. The words 'AND', 'OR' and 'NOT' have special meaning as they correspond to Boolean operators rather than words to be searched. They can be written in upper case or lower case. You can formulate a query using the Boolean operators combined with brackets e.g.: medicine and (cardiovascular not cancer).
6. How can I select more than one item from the list boxes available in the search screens?
To select more than one item at a time, keep the Ctrl key pressed down when selecting.
E-mail notification facility
7. What is the e-mail notification facility?
The e-mail notification facility is a free service available to registered CORDIS users. It allows you to create and save your CORDIS database search profiles, so you do not have to enter the same search information over and over again. You will automatically receive updates, which match your search profile(s). These updates will be sent to you via e-mail whenever there is an update to the CORDIS databases.
8. How many search profiles can I save?
There is no limit to the number of search profiles you may save. You may, at any time, modify or delete profiles from your list, by simply logging-on with your username and password.
9. How to save a search?
Go to the advanced (or professional) search screen of the specific database. After registration, enter your search criteria and click on the "save" button. Then enter a name and a brief description.
In the drop-down menu, select "YES (Expires in 12 months)" to receive e-mail notifications.
Click on the "Save a search" button.
10. I would like to receive notifications to my new e-mail address.
You should update your user registration. In order to update your CORDIS user details, please go to the registration page and click on "Update your account" on the top right corner of the screen. Enter your username and password and update your e-mail address.
11. Why is it that the e-mail notification facility doesn't send me complete information?
The purpose of the e-mail notification messages is just to inform you of new content that has been added to our services. The notifications give basic information and invite you to visit the CORDIS website to discover the full information.
12. After saving a search profile, is it possible to modify or delete it?
The e-mail notification facility gives you the possibility to view, update or delete your saved search profiles. You can also extend the expiry date, which is automatically set for each profile (12 months from creation date). To do this:
- Log on to the e-mail notification facility with your username and password.
- Once you have accessed the page listing your saved profile(s), select the item you want to update, delete or extend, first by clicking the corresponding button under the "No" column, and then by clicking the "edit/update", "delete" or "extend expiry date" button.
- If you click on the "edit/update" button, you will be shown your search screen with the search criteria you have previously entered (saved), and you may then change the search profile as you wish. Remember to save it!
- If you click on the "extend" button, your saved profile will be extended for another 12-month period.
13. What are the pre-selected menu items?
As an alternative to saving an advanced or professional search profile, the e-mail notification facility offers a simplified way to follow CORDIS updates. You can easily and quickly tick off items from a list of the most popular predefined profiles; information updates corresponding to your choice will be sent by e-mail.
Printed publications obtainable via CORDIS
14. I would like to order CORDIS focus magazines:
As of January 2008, the CORDIS focus magazines have been integrated into the research*eu family of publications which consists of:
- the research*eu magazine, published 10 times per year in English, French, German and Spanish and edited by the Communication Unit of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Research and
- two supplements to the magazine: the research*eu results magazine devoted to European research projects and their results and the research*eu focus supplement which covers specific topics of interest to researchers, policy-makers and other stakeholders in the research field. These supplements are produced by CORDIS.
For more information about the integration of CORDIS focus into the research*eu family, please visit: http://cordis.europa.eu/research-eu/readmore_en.html.
Although the subscription form to CORDIS focus is no longer valid, there is always the possibility to order copies of back issues of the magazines. Please see all the back CORDIS focus issues and use the function 'Order paper copies' to obtain old magazines.
15. How can I subscribe to the research*eu family of publications?
You can subscribe to the research*eu family of publications free of charge through the website: http://ec.europa.eu/research/research-eu/subscribe_en
Please note that subscriptions to CORDIS focus have not been automatically transferred to the research*eu publications. In order to receive any research*eu publication you have to make a new subscription. Furthermore, if you are a subscriber only to the research*eu magazine you will not automatically receive the research*eu results magazine and the research*eu focus. They need to be subscribed to as well.