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December 2003 Cites & Insights out

Walt writes "Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large 3:14 (December 2003),
the Stuff and Nonsense issue, is now
available for downloading. This is the last text issue of the year, but an index will come out in
the next couple of weeks. Expanded contents provided to satisfy a LISNews comment. If you hate it, let me know." More details on this impressive issue are inside...

Cutting Journal Costs: The Elsevier Subscription

Lee Hadden writes: "The Cornell University Library's "Issues in Scholarly Communications"
has an interesting article from November 12, 2003, on what steps the
Cornell University Library is taking to reduce journal costs and price
increases. See the article, "The Elsevier Subscription," and the
accompanying links, at their web site.

See their site at:"
Thanks to mcbride for the link as well.

The Paris Review will continue

The Village Voice reports that The Paris Review will continue depite the recent death of its editor and one of its founders, George Plimpton.

Last week's Plimpton tribute, a celebrity-studded gala at Cipriani on 42nd Street, raised $500,000 for the Paris Review Foundation, bringing the foundation's endowment to about $1 million. Now literary insiders are buzzing about how what used to be a for-profit magazine that lost money every year has turned into a bustling nonprofit with a shot at long-term profitability. Meanwhile, the search for a new editor has begun.

Berlin declaration on open access

All of Germany's principal scientific and scholarly
institutions, and a fair number of other European ones, have signed this declaration to show their commitment to open access to scientific and scholarly

Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities

November 2003 Cites & Insights out

Walt writes "Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large 3:13 (November 2003) is now
available for downloading.

The 20-page issue (PDF as always) includes:
*A scholarly access perspective: Getting That Article: Good News
*Bibs & blather
*Scholarly article access
*Interesting & peculiar products
*Feedback: Your insights
*Trends & quick takes
*Copyright currents

Where's the stuff? Look for a December issue stuffed with stuff, out by

Scientists at U. of California Push for Journal Boycott

madtom writes "Today's Chronicle of Higher Education reports that two scientists at the University of California at San Francisco are urging a worldwide boycott of six molecular-biology journals on the grounds that their publisher, Reed Elsevier, is demanding that the University of California system pay too high a price for electronic access to the publications.

The scientists are Keith Yamamoto, chairman of the department of cellular and molecular pharmacology, and Peter Walter, a professor of biophysics and biochemistry. In a letter circulated this week, they say that Reed Elsevier is asking the university system to pay more than $90,000 a year for the journals' online editions. The California Digital Library, which negotiates journal contracts for the university system, rejected that price, and is now pushing Reed Elsevier to reconsider its licensing terms that will take effect in January, says Daniel Greenstein, director of the Digital Library.

Mr. Walter and Mr. Yamamoto are asking scientists to retaliate against Cancer Cell, Cell, Developmental Cell, Molecular Cell, Immunity, and Neuron by refusing to submit articles to the journals, resigning from their editorial boards, and declining to review manuscripts for them. The publications are considered among the most prestigious in molecular biology."

See the Chronicle article (subscription required) and related materials from the California Digital Library and the UC Academic Senate

Traffic overwhelms new online science journal

CNET Says The inaugural issue of the journal, called the Public Library of Science Biology, is the first journal to be published by the Public Library of Science (PLoS), a San Francisco nonprofit that's backed by several highly regarded scientists who want to see scientific research freely distributed online.

Not surprisingly, the free distribution model seems be going over well. Within the first eight hours of the journal's launch, traffic on the site spiked to more than half a million hits, said Nick Twyman, director of information technology and computer operations at PLoS. The traffic has overwhelmed the group's servers, causing PLoS to direct visitors to other sites, where they can access simplified versions of the journal. Twyman said he hopes to get the site up and running again by Wednesday.

PLoS Biology launched

mcbride writes "PLoS Biology has launched, and from the immediate passing view, has the look and feel of Science, complete with news, editorial, synopses of all research articles ("All PLoS Biology research articles are accompanied by a synopsis written by a professional science writer for a general audience.") and is available electronically in multiple flavors. Synopsis, Full-text (Web), Figures only, Print PDF (larger file, and Screen PDF (smaller file). The issue can also be downloaded as one BIG (65MB) file. As of 6amPST, the web server (including downloads of PDF) has been slashdotted. PLoS Biology is also available in print for those of us that like glossy covers."

Articles on PLoS Biology in Nature

madtom writes "Nature News announced the debut of the first issue of PLoS Biology this coming Monday. Positioned to compete with Nature, Science, and Cell, its arrival is already causing a stir: unlike other journals that record research about biology and medicine, this one is free. The scientists behind the journal are challenging standard publishing practice, in which researchers pay to read others' results in journals, arguing that this is unfair both to scientists who submit their work freely and to the public whose taxes subsidize the research. Not surprisingly, Nature has published a letter from John Ewing, director of the American Mathematical Society, who makes the counter argument that the journal's revenue model of charging the authors (upwards of $1500 per paper) is unfair to the authors, noting that the journal's assumption that researchers, especially outside the U.S., have their work funded by grants or their institutions, is erroneous. Article
Biology Journals
, and see also,
Ewing, John, 'Open access' will not be open to everyone [Correspondence], Nature 425, 559 (09 October 2003); doi:10.1038/425559a (requires subscription)

Butler, Declan, Scientific publishing: Who will pay for open access? [News feature] Nature 425, 554-555 (09 October 2003); doi:10.1038/425554a (requires subscription)"

Intro to Open Access: The Public Library of Science

EContent has An Article by Marydee Ojala on The Public Library of Science.

"Research scientists live for just one thing—research. Their L word is laboratory not library. Secondary research, looking for articles in their area of specialization, takes a back seat to the thrill of primary research. Yet, every scientist knows that publishing is intrinsic to the research process. Not only do they want to publish their research findings, they also want to ensure that their research is unique and significant. It's the latter that involves library research. Whether said library is a physical entity or electronic—or, in many cases, a blending of the two—the challenge facing scientists is being able to read the full text of relevant articles without spending their entire research budget in the process."


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