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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?
Walt writes "Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large 4:3 (February 2004) is now available
The 22-page issue (PDF) includes:
* Bibs & Blather: An ALA Question (have you been told that an open meeting was closed?), brief Midwinter items
* Trends & Quick Takes: Who makes the fastest PC, PC reliability, and quick takes on a variety of topics
* Feedback: Your Insights [3+ pages!]
* Perspective: The Way We're Wired
* PC Progress, July 2003-January 2004
* A Copyright Perspective: Compulsory Licensing
* The Library Stuff: eight items
* Interesting & Pecular Products: 14 in all"
A study reported in January's D-Lib Magazine finds that the auxiliary "costs of the electronic format are consistently and substantially lower than those of the print format." Each of the eleven academic libraries in the study calculated a lower total life-cycle maintenance cost for electronic serial titles - the print versions on average cost over four times more. The price savings of e-journals was covered previously.
gayle writes points us to this week's "Intelligencer" (New York magazine) column:
Two New Yorker staffers drove a sixteen-foot Ryder truck with two issues of every New Yorker (founded 1925) from 4 Times Square to Kansas. The truck, which was supposed to transport the magazineâ€™s library index cards, too, was allegedly going to be insured for a whopping $11 million. The price was, however, reduced substantially when the cards were axed. The purpose of the trip was to get the magazine digitally archived. And the drivers, Matt Dellinger (Website manager) and Willing Davidson (fiction department) were a tad anxious about the precious cargo.
This 20-page issue (PDF as always),
Volume 4 Issue 2, Midwinter 2004,
has one article or 98 "articles," depending on your perspective:
A is for AAC: A Discursive Glossary
98 expansions and essays on abbreviations and terms, including the following key terms:
broadcast flag, compulsory licensing, copyleft, copyright, DMCA, DVD, Eldred Act, fair use, KTD, open access, OpenURL, PASA, public domain, RSS, scholarly access, swamping, top technology trend, weblogs"
Update: 01/02 16:16 EST by B:"L is for LISNews... The most important multi-author weblog in the library community"Thanks Walt, you're too kind!
Walt Crawford writes "Sorry for the late notice, but:
Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large 4:1 (January 2004) is now available for downloading at
This 26-page issue, PDF as usual (sorry, but there will be some bigger-than-20-page issues this year) includes the following:
The Guardian Reports Hundreds of articles in medical journals claiming to be written by academics or doctors have been penned by ghostwriters in the pay of drug companies.
The journals, bibles of the profession, have huge influence on which drugs doctors prescribe and the treatment hospitals provide. But The Observer has uncovered evidence that many articles written by so-called independent academics may have been penned by writers working for agencies which receive huge sums from drug companies to plug their products.
'A recognised doctor will then be found to put his or her name to it and it will be submitted to a journal without anybody knowing that a ghostwriter or a drug company is behind it. I agree this is probably unethical, but all the firms are at it.'
Someone spotted This Information World Review Article on Elsevier. They have hit out at reports that its journals are being severely cut back by major US universities in this year's round of subscription renewal negotiations.
At the University of California, feelings over Elsevier's subscription levels have run so high that some senior staff have been calling for a boycott of the company.
San Francisco-based UC researchers Peter Walker and Keith Yamamoto are urging a boycott of six titles published by Elsevier's Cell Press subsidiary.
A recent report by the Wellcome Trust, An Economic Analysis of Scientific Research Publishing, said: "Journal subscriptions are a significant financial burden on institutional libraries and individual researchers, and present a major obstacle to the timely and comprehensive sharing and use of scientific information."
Meanwhile, News REED ELSEVIER fell to a nine-month low on concerns over an impending House of Commons investigation into the science publishing market and the increasing support for â€œopen accessâ€? journals.
Lee Hadden points to a subscription-only article about the $100 million bequest left by heiress Ruth Lilly to Poetry magazine. The generous gift has rocked the magazine's world in more way than one. Staffers are burdened with more meetings that usually accustomed to by lovers of poetry. On the upside, contributor payments went up from $2 to $6 per line. More info here at the non-subscription Indianapolis Star.