Recognizing that more people want the convenience of reading journals on their laptops or other portable devices, with the September 2012 issue of Oceanography, The Oceanography Society launched a full electronic version as an additional membership benefit. TOS members can now view new issues of the magazine through Qmags (http://www.qmags.com) either in a Web browser or as a downloadable PDF. Nonmembers can purchase the full electronic versions of individual issues of Oceanography by going to http://www.qmags.com/OCG.
We anticipate that an iPad app for Oceanography will be available at the time we go to press with this December issue. Keep your eyes peeled for notification of this exciting new electronic product via a TOS NEWS email.
In addition to accessing the current issue of Oceanography through Qmags, back issues that you’ve previously downloaded are available on your “My Qmags” page. As a bonus, at the September launch, we made an electronic version of the June 2012 issue available in the issue archive as well. To read available Oceanography issues, you will need to log into “My Qmags” using the email address that TOS has on file for you and your password. If you have forgotten your password or somehow did not receive it, Qmags can send it to you. If the email address we have on file appears to be the problem (it is the one we use to notify you when a new electronic issue of Oceanography is available), please go to your TOS member login page to check your personal information. If your TOS login is also a mystery, please contact Jenny Ramarui (firstname.lastname@example.org) for that information.
Importantly, the paper version of Oceanography is not going away. However, if you want electronic access only, please let Jenny (email@example.com) know. Note, too, that all Oceanography articles, organized by the issues in which they appear, will continue to be accessible to the public at http://tos.org/oceanography/volume as downloadable PDFs. And it is still only on the Oceanography Web pages that you will find article DOIs, which have become such an important part of citing articles.
As with any new endeavor, there are bound to be growing pains. Please send me your comments on the electronic versions—good and bad—so that we can improve delivery.
– Ellen S. Kappel, Editor