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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."
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."
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.
Southern literary magazine Oxford American has been in financial trouble lately. According to this AP wire story, they're hoping that a move will improve their situation.
"The University of Central Arkansas and the Oxford American announced a partnership on Saturday that will bring the critically acclaimed Southern literary magazine to Conway." After going under for a second time last July, the magazine won a National Magazine Award this month for its music issue, finishing ahead of Rolling Stone."
rochelle adds: I hope they make a go of it as a non-profit. The first incarnation of the OA was chock full o' brilliant, fresh, writing and had great photos. Even the ads were interesting! (I also edited the post, Anna, because the Chronicle is only available to subscribers.)
Lee Hadden writes "In an article in Physics Today, May 2004, pages 28-29, Toni Feder
writes "US Government Backs Off From Imposing Restrictions on Publishers."
In permitting one scholarly publisher's activities, the Treasury Department
seems to have muddied the dispute over freedom of the press and, in
addition, has warned against collaborations between US scientists and their
colleagues in sanctioned countries.
The federal government has eased restrictions on editing manuscripts from
countries under US trade embargoes, but some publishers remain wary that
the narrowness of the 2 April ruling leaves them vulnerable to improper
regulation and prosecution.
In a ruling last fall, the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets
Control (OFAC) listed "reordering of paragraphs or sentences, correction of
syntax, grammar, and replacement of inappropriate words" in manuscripts
from Iran as activities that may "constitute the provision of prohibited
services." In theory, such routine activities could have been punishable by
fines and jail time.
The latest ruling "makes clear that scientific communities in sanctioned
countries may publish their works in U.S. scholarly journals," OFAC
Director Richard Newcomb said in a media statement.
See more about it at: aip.org"
Here's an interesting story from the Baltimore Sun about a magazine called Found, which publishes hundreds of what its creator, Davy Rothbart calls "finds": "discarded ticket stubs, old birthday cards, notebook doodles, ripped-up love notes, grocery lists, yellowed photographs, lost homework assignments, rusty keys, and other detritus galore, plucked from trash bins and sidewalks across the globe."
Librarians are mentioned, along with janitors, police officers and postal carriers, as people who regularly find discarded objects that are recreated as treasure.
Don't get confused. America is a new magazine targeted to the hip-hop music market; and American, is trying (along with the in-store PA system)to get the attention of Walmart shoppers. Here's the story from theNew York Times.
The UK Independent has a story about teachers objecting to pre-teen girls reading magazines such as Cosmo Girl due to sexual content.
Ralph Surman, deputy headteacher of Cantrell primary school, Nottingham, said young children were being exposed to "a high level of continuous harm".
Mr Surman said he did not blame parents, who took the magazines on trust, but added: "I think the publishers should get their act together." He said that he had spoken to newsagents who said they would welcome a system under which the magazines would have stamped on the front cover the age group they were suitable for. Some newsagents had refused to sell the magazines to young girls. "A certification system would give some teeth to that structure and avoid confrontation over the counter," he said.
Charles Clarke, the Secretary of State for Education, said he had every sympathy with the teachers' complaints. However, it was not within his remit to introduce a ratings system.
Representatives of the magazines said they were aimed at 14-year-olds and above. They could not be responsible for policing who bought them.
An Anonymous Patron sent over A Link To a nice collection from Nature.
"The Internet is profoundly changing how scientists work and publish. New business models are being tested by publishers, including open access, in which the author pays and content is free to the user. This ongoing web focus will explore current trends and future possibilities. Each week, the website will publish specially commissioned insights and analysis from leading scientists, librarians, publishers and other stakeholders, as well as key links, and articles from our archive. All content is available free.