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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.
Southern Living issued a safety notice regarding a recipe in the April issue. The original version of the recipe apparently includes an instruction to heat shortnin' and water in a dangerous way. Safe version of the recipe is here and will be in the May issue.
So, what are libraries that get the magazine doing with p. 154? Where I work, the page was ripped out; I just inserted the notice and corrected recipe.
Anonymous Patron writes "Forty-eight of the nation's and the world's top medical and scientific societies and not-for-profit scholarly publishers have signed the Washington DC Principles for Free Access to Science, a statement proclaiming their commitment to providing free access and wide dissemination of published research findings. The announcement declared that the DC Principles represent a "needed 'middle ground' in the increasingly heated debate between those who advocate immediate unfettered online access to medical and scientific research findings and advocates of the current journal publishing system." The press release announcing the statement indicated that the societies signing the DC Principles represent over 600,000 scientist and clinician members and publish over 380 journals. A closer look revealed that the journal titles held by publisher signatories totaled 115 and all signatories were currently hosted on HighWire Press, a Web-based hosting service for academic publishers from Stanford University. Drafted over the past year in discussions initiated at meetings of HighWire Press publishers, the DC Principles are a response to charges that current publisher practices impede access to published scientific research. According to Lenne Miller, senior director of publications at the Endocrine Society and active member of the DC Principles organization, the initiative began as an attempt to counter the Public Library of Science's open access advocacy, which had "tarred scholarly society publishers with the same brush as commercial publishers.""
Lee Hadden writes "There is an interesting article by Mohamed Gad-el-Hak in the March
2004 issue of Physics Today. It concerns the "Publish or Perish" syndrome
in science, and how we are being overwhelmed in libraries by mediocre and
over- valued academic work. He suggests, among other things, better
choosing of journals for libraries, and the publication of impact factors
for scientific journals.
See the article at: http://www.aip.org/pt/vol-57/iss-3/p61.html"
Here's another article on the serials pricing conflict and libraries' responses to it. It's a short one from ACS's Chemical and Engineering News. Not much new information there, but it is good to be seeing these types of articles in non-library professional journals and trade publications.