Journals & Magazines

JISC and Publishers Work Together to Open Up Access to Journals

Gary D. Price, MLIS writes "
JISC (the Joint Information Systems Committee, a committee of the further and higher education funding bodies) has a new £150,000 programme
that will allow four key publishers to move towards or continue open access delivery for some of their journals. The journals concerned are among the most respected scholarly journals in their subject areas. The publishers awarded funds are: the Public Library of Science (PLoS, for PLoS Biology), Institute of Physics Publishing (New Journal of Physics), the Journal of Experimental Botany at Lancaster University, and the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr)."

Rising cost of academic journals

nbruce writes "Today's Wall Street Journal refers to a press release by Stanford's HighWire Press when discussing the problem of rising costs of scholarly journals. I can't be positive this link is the exact one, but it should be close.

WSJ reported that Stanford is taking a stand against rising costs through its online publishing service, HighWire Press, a division of the library.

Faculty are encouraged not to peer-review or publish research in exploitive, for-profit publishers.

Also, The foundation for the Public Library of Science (PLoS) is described thus: The public library, one of the greatest inventions of human civilization, has been waiting for the Internet. What seemed an impossible ideal in 1836, when Antonio Panizzi, librarian of the British Museum, wrote, "I want a poor student to have the same means of indulging his learned curiosity, ... of consulting the same authorities, ... as the richest man in the kingdoms," is today within reach. With the Internet, we have the means to make humanity's treasury of knowledge freely available to scientists, teachers, students and the public around the world. But it won't happen automatically. Full press release here"

Price Increases Are Not the Problem

John's Comment pointed the way to Price Increases Are Not the Problem.
Margaret Landsman argues that the issue with journal prices is not merely what we used to call “inflation� and now more accurately label “price increases.� It’s not just about the price increases––it’s about the price.

"we need to stop looking at research library collections as if we were gardeners picking out the flowers for the best bouquet from the choices at the flower stand and start looking at our libraries as the greenhouses in which the flowers are bred, planted, grown, harvested, and enjoyed by both those who work there and those who come to visit."

The Artful Doctor

Bob Cox writes "From The Baltimore Sun.

As you look at the cover of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), you might feel - just for a moment - like you're peeking through the window of a museum of fine art.

"I consider that the heart of JAMA," Dr. Catherine D. DeAngelis, the editor, said of the artwork adorning its covers.

That might sound odd, given that JAMA brings its nearly 600,000 subscribers some of the world's most current and most promising research on topics ranging from hormone replacement therapy to the development of a cancer vaccine.

But the art - along with a one-page essay about the work, the artist and the era in which it was created - is designed to put physicians in touch with the part of their practice that has nothing to do with scalpels or CT scans."

Farm Show: Keeping farmers clever for 27 years

Anonymous Patron writes "This newspaper/tabloid by and about farmers has been published out of an old farmhouse in Lakeville, Minnesota, for the last 27 years; back issues are kept in the garage. Look there for articles like "Combine to Snowblower: It's Not That Hard to Do" and "Farm Couple Builds Pentagon Outhouse" and "He Shot His Well."A very entertaining article about it appeared in Sunday's Saint Paul Pioneer Press. Here."

Journals present rising costs to libraries - and to scholarship

The Harvard University Gazette reports on cuts to Elsevier journals at Harvard. According to Sidney Verba, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and director of the University Library, the decision to eliminate these journals was the result of 15 months of careful consideration. "It was driven not only by current financial realities," Verba states, "but also - and perhaps more importantly - by the need to reassert control over our collections and to encourage new models for research publication at Harvard." Similar steps have been taken at other major research institutions, including Cornell, Johns Hopkins, and the Triangle Research Libraries Network.

Popular magazines and nutrition articles

nbruce writes "A survey of popular magazines’ nutrition articles shows some improvement in accuracy after 20 years of tracking this information, according to the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH). The
survey
, which covered magazines published in 2000, 2001, and 2002, ranked 16 of 20 magazines as "good" sources of nutrition information, two magazines were rated "fair," and two earned a rating of "poor." Magazines aimed at men are still more likely to be rated fair or poor. Although the overall quality of articles improved, for the first time, no magazine was rated “excellent� in nutrition information.

The percentage of readers who reported getting nutrition information from magazines substantially increased from the last survey. You can either download the survey, or purchase it in hard copy."

<i>Journal of Algorithms</I> Board to Resign Due to High Journal Prices

Rumor has it the editorial board of Elsevier's Journal of Algorithms has stepped down due to "the prices being charged by commercial publishers of scientific journals."
In October Professor Don Knuth wrote a fantastic long letter to the editorial board of the Journal of Algorithms, explaining the current state of affairs. He has it on his web site (Look for "Crisis in Scientific Publishing") with hopes that it will be helpful to anybody else who is trying to deal with this serious problem.
note: if this was just rumor I wouldn't post it, but I've not been able to find an "official announcement" yet, I was told to watch SIGACT News for the final word.

The Promise of 'Open Access' Publishing

Norma sent over This Transcript of Colloquy Live about open access at Chronicle of Higher Education web site. Interview with Peter Suber of Earlham College.
After hundreds of years in which scientific publishers have based their business models on charging subscribers, could a fundamental change be just around the corner in this $3.5-billion-a-year industry? If so, how will the new journals affect researchers, librarians, and publishers?

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