Journals & Magazines

Nature web focus: Access to the literature: the debate continues

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.

Mother Jones mag in the movies

InfoWhale writes "Mother Jones is one of my fav publications. Here is a funny story about how it has been shown in various films including the Coen Brothers new one, The Ladykillers. They've also appeared in Top Secret!"

Dangerous recipe in Southern Living mag

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.

Resolution: Free Access to Scientific Journals

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.""

Publish Or Perish

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:"

Another article about libraries and serials pricing

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.

Journal cover art

nbruce writes "JAMA is well known for its cover art. Emergining Infectious Diseases is another. The lastest issue is Georgia O'Keefe's Cow Skull with Calico Roses. No. 1 for 2004 was a Vermeer.

Emerging Infectious Diseases is published monthly by the National Center for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)and has high impact factor ratings. If your library doesn't have much in the medical field, this is a good one to know about. Free on-line--your tax dollars at work."

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."


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