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Calls for Open Access Challenge Academic Journals

Anonymous Patron writes "One From OJR says Scholarly journals have avoided the market disruptions the Internet has wrought on the news, music and movie industries. But a NIH policy switch could change that."

Medical Publishers Propose Data Sharing

Anonymous Patron writes "Interesting article from the Wall Street Journal that seems to have snuck it's way on to the Web on a consortium of leading technical publishers called patientINFORM, includes the Elsevier unit of *Reed Elsevier *PLC, John
Wiley & Sons, Blackwell Publishing, and others.
The articles say they are alarmed by a government proposal to make biomedical journal articles
more widely and freely available, so the scientific publishing industry has
crafted an alternative plan to distribute some of its content free of
charge to consumers.
The Annoucement can be found on the website"

Internet upstarts v traditional publishers

Anonymous Patron writes "The Financial Times Looks At the growing number of scientific journals have adopted an open access model and the Directory of Open Access Journals now lists more than 1,300 journals. Open access publishers, such as BioMed Central, recognise that there should be no barriers to access in order to maximise the impact of scientific research. Open access publishers tend to cover their costs via a charge for processing articles that is paid by an author’s institution or funder - hence the “author-pays� tag for this model."

Scientists, Consider Where You Publish

An Anonymous Patron writes "Scientists, Consider Where You Publish: For scientists, publishing a paper in a
respected peer-reviewed journal marks the
culmination of successful research. But
some of the most prestigious and sought after
journals are so costly to access that a
growing number of academic libraries can't
afford to subscribe. Before submitting your
next manuscript, consider a journal's
access policy alongside its prestige - and
weigh the implications of publishing in
such costly periodicals."

Publishers Oppose Plan For Free Access To Scientific Research

Lee Hadden writes "A fight is brewing in the scientific world over whether articles published
in expensive scholarly journals ought to be widely available for free on the
The National Institutes for Health has proposed that any scientist whose
work is funded by NIH research-grant money and later published should make
it available on a public NIH-sponsored Internet site. The reasoning: It's
taxpayer-funded research, so fellow scientists, doctors, patients, students
and others should have free access to it within six months of publication --
which alarms publishers. The NIH has asked for public comment until Nov. 16.
Patient-advocacy groups back the proposal, arguing that too often the latest
scientific findings are off-limits to the average citizen. An annual
subscription to one of these journals costs between $200 and $6,000.
Among the proposal's supporters are 25 Nobel laureates who have written to
Congress stating: "When a woman goes online to find what treatment options
are available to battle breast cancer, the cutting-edge, peer-reviewed
research remains behind a high-fee barrier. Families looking to read
clinical trial updates for a loved one with Huntington's disease search in
vain -- because they do not have a journal subscription."
While some publishers had hoped the "open access" movement would fade, they
are now worried by the plan and are launching a counter-offensive to protect
the lucrative scientific, technical and medical publishing industry. About
half of the industry's $10 billion in revenue comes from such publications.
Today, several publishers are scheduled to meet privately with NIH Director
Elias Zerhouni to urge him to proceed slowly on the proposal. "Feelings are
running very high about this," says John Regazzi, an executive of the
Elsevier unit of Reed Elsevier Group PLC, the Anglo-Dutch publishing giant
and the biggest player in the field with about 20% of the market. "The
notion that publicly funded research should be publicly available is a good
one. But is this really the right solution?"

Read more about it at: or on other library
newspaper jobbers such as ProQuest.""

Call For Contributors: Info Career Trends

Rachel writes "Info Career Trends, a free, bi-monthly, electronic publication on career development issues for information professionals, is seeking contributors to write short, practical articles for upcoming issues. ICT is distributed via e-mail to over 3300 subscribers, and finds an additional audience on the web and via RSS. For more information or to subscribe, see

Upcoming themes include:

March 2005: Alternative Careers
How can we extend our skills as librarians into other environments? What kind of unusual, interesting, or unthought-of careers are open to information professionals? How do we convince those in related fields to give us a chance?

US Public Library of Science launches rival to 'The Lancet'

Anonymous Patron writes "The Independent Reports A major new "open access" journal for medicine is launched today, putting it in direct competition with the established publications in this lucrative area including Reed Elsevier's The Lancet.

The Public Library of Science (PLoS), a US-based not-for-profit organisation, is behind PLoS Medicine, which it said was "the most significant international general medicine journal to emerge in over 70 years". It is the second journal launched by PLoS, which established a biology publication last year."

Nature web focus: Access to the literature: the debate continues

Anonymous Patron writes "Nature web focus: Access to the literature: the debate continues Since authors question the value of what publishers are adding to scholarly communication, and feel they are already doing so much work themselves in preparing and reviewing for publication, it is hardly surprising that their perceptions of the costs needed to sustain the system are far lower than those of the publishers. ‘Can’t pay, won’t pay’ seems to be the general message."

Do Open Access Articles Have a Greater Research Impact?

Anonymous Patron writes "E-LIS - Do Open Access Articles Have a Greater Research Impact? While many authors believe that their work has a greater research impact if it is freely available, studies to demonstrate that impact are few. The finding is that, across all four disciplines, freely available articles do have a greater research impact. Shedding light on this category of open access reveals that scholars in diverse disciplines are both adopting open access practices and being rewarded for it."

Village Voice Reduces Staff and Evidently Morale, Too

Complicated internal doings, angry employees hinting that things are not what they seem: It sounds like the stuff of a story for The Village Voice. But this is a story about The Village Voice, which made its reputation as an outspoken liberal weekly newspaper with famously cantankerous writers. Read More.


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