Journals & Magazines

The Zines of Summer

NPR Took A Look at Zines, as part of the summer reading series. They interview Jamez Terry and Kelly Costello. Last December, they founded the Denver Zine Library, a collection of almost 5,000 independently produced mini-magazines, or "zines." Zine creators sometimes sign their work with a one-name handle (like a first name or nickname) or a pseudonym.

I am reminded of COWLZ, Walt's project.

Cites & Insights 4:10 available, temporary site

Walt writes " Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large 4:10 (August 2004) is now available for downloading.

Due to circumstances beyond my control, the issue is temporarily available at:
http://cical.home.att.net/civ4i10.pdf

It will be added to the permanent site as soon as possible (but will continue to be available at the temporary site).

The 24-page issue, PDF as always, includes:

*Perspective: The Reading Disaster (or Not)

*Bibs & Blather

*The Censorware Chronicles -- COPA and more

*Perspective: ALA Conference Comments

*Feedback Special: Following Up on Ebooks
(six good reasons to make people read etext, and more)

*Trends & Quick Takes

*PC Progress, January-July 2004 (which, barring the right feedback, may be the final PC Progress)"

The Scientist :: UK committee backs open access

Anonymous Patron writes "BioMedCentral is one place reporting Britain should insist that government-funded researchers deposit a copy of their scientific papers in an electronic archive that can be accessed for free online, an influential committee of politicians said Tuesday.
The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee has been investigating science publishing most of this year. Its deliberations drew on an ongoing debate over "open access" to research, whose advocates say that the output from scientific research should be available free of charge."

Journals, Authors Cited for Conflicts of Interest

According to an article in USA Today, some scientific journals, like the JAMA, are neglecting their conflict of interest policies when it comes to private companies funding research. The problem arises when the company also employs the author responsible for providing the research. "This is important for the general public and the scientific community because full disclosure gives you another piece of information for evaluating these studies. If you hide the fact that there is a conflict of interest with the researcher, then you are deceiving people." Read More.

Scientists' Revolution Puts Costly Journals On The Web

stevenj writes "Librarians following the scholarly publishing crisis will want to read This Article from the June 26 issue of The NYT. It discusses how the high subscription cost of prestigious peer-reviewed journals has been a running sore point with scholars, whose tenure and prominence depend on publishing in them. But since the Public Library of Science, which was started by a group of prominent scientists, began publishing last year, this new model has been gaining attention and currency within academia. If you haven't been following this issue, this article will pretty much sum it up for you."

You may also want to check out Steven's The Kept-Up Academic Librarian, Helping Academic Librarians "Keep Up" With News and Developments In Higher Education.

Portland is Zinetown

Portland (OR) will play host on June 25 to the fourth annual Portland Zine Symposium which is expected to attract 1,000 curiosity seekers and about 100 exhibitors. “'People come looking for that connectivity,'� says Shawn Granton, zine buyer for an independent Portland record store. 'For a lot of people living in small towns, zines are a lifeline to others with the same interests. It’s nice for them to meet people they’ve been corresponding with, and not have to explain what they are doing.'" More here from the Portland Tribune.

DigiCULT - Thematic Issues

Anonymous Patron sends "us this announcement about the ejournal DigiCULT: Technology Issues for Digital Culture. DigiCULT will produce seven Thematic Issues which build on the results of an expert round table on a selected topic, and provide additional information and opinions in the form of invited articles, interviews, and case studies. Other elements may include short descriptions of related projects, a selection of relevant resources or a glossary."

Cites & Insights July 2004 available

Walt writes "Pushed a little so you can print & read it before heading off to Orlando for ALA Annual:

The July 2004 Cites & Insights (volume 4, issue 9) is now available for downloading.

This 20-page issue (PDF as always) begins with two ALA Annual-related essays:

* Perspective: Good Advice: Making Some Lists

* Bibs & Blather: Top Technology Trends Musings

Six other stories follow:

* Feedback & Followup: Monetizing, backchat, and more

* Trends & Quick Takes - nine items

* Ebooks, Etext and PoD (no big theme here!)

* The Library Stuff - eight articles

* Interesting & Peculiar Products - five items

* The Good Stuff - six articles

Enjoy. Barring surprises, the next issue won't be out for at least five weeks."

For Whom the Gate Tolls?

An Anonymous Patron writes "For Whom the Gate Tolls?, by Stevan Harnad. How and Why to Free the Refereed Research Literature
Online Through Author/Institution Self-Archiving, Now:
Just as there is no longer any need for research or researchers to be constrained by the access-blocking restrictions of paper distribution, there is no longer any need to be constrained by the impact-blocking financial fire-walls of Subscription/Site-License/Pay-Per-View (S/L/P) tolls for this give-away literature. Its author/researchers have always donated their research reports for free (and its referee/researchers have refereed for free), with the sole goal of maximizing their impact on subsequent research (by accessing the eyes and minds of fellow-researchers, present and future) and hence on society."

New Yorker Fiction, by the Numbers

The NY Times has a story about a student at Princeton, Katherine L. Milkman, who used her senior thesis to analyze the selection of short fiction published in the New Yorker. I am absoultely shocked at her findings below.

Ms. Milkman, who has a minor in American studies, read 442 stories printed in The New Yorker from Oct. 5, 1992, to Sept. 17, 2001, and built a substantial database. She then constructed a series of rococo mathematical tests to discern, among other things, whether certain fiction editors at the magazine had a specific impact on the type of fiction that was published, the sex of authors and the race of characters. The study was long on statistics and short on epiphanies: one main conclusion was that male editors generally publish male authors who write about male characters who are supported by female characters.

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