Journals & Magazines

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.

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.

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