Journals & Magazines

Seeking the Recipe

Seeking the Recipe is an article from the Austin Chronicle on two members of UT's English department who took over the editorship of Cauda Pavonis: Studies in Hermeticism, an academic journal, they were determined to get start-up money the old-fashioned way: Ask the dean.
But the dean turned her down, as did the English department, because "they said the department has enough journals. I mean, they turned down the Chaucer Review," Frost says.

Open Access to Scientific Research

"A number of influential scientists have begun to argue that the cost of research publications has grown so large that it impedes the distribution of knowledge. Some subscriptions cost thousands of dollars per year, and those journals are usually available online only to subscribers. This looks less like dissemination than restriction, especially if it is measured against the potential access offered by the Internet. That is why a coalition led by Dr. Harold Varmus, the former director of the National Institutes of Health, is creating a new model, called the Public Library of Science."

The full op-ed [NYT]

[via jen]

See also, the Open Archives Initiative

A Magazine's Radical Plan: Make a Profit

jen writes "The NYTimes Reports in 2004, The Atlantic Monthly will cut its rate base, the number of copies promised to advertisers, to 325,000 from 450,000 (the magazine's actual average circulation exceeded 500,000 last year). And readers will be asked to pay almost twice as much to subscribe — about $30 instead of an average of about $16. The changes come after the magazine decreased its frequency to 10 times a year from 12, so the per-copy price is even higher."

Gossip Goes Glossy and Loses Its Stigma

With many magazines geared towards celebrity gossip, can library subscriptions to the National Enquirer be far behind?

This NYT article tells the story of the New York Star, which is revamping itself as a respectable magazine, rather than a check-out line comic.

Here's the full story [NYT, reg'req] via jen

A Fight for Free Access To Medical Research

steven bell writes "In an article titled "A Fight for Free Access To Medical Research: Online Plan Challenges Publishers' Dominance" Rick Weiss writes in the Aug. 5, 2003 Washington Post about the Public Library of Science plan for revamping how scientific literature is produced and distributed. The core of the plan is to shift the expense of publishing STM literature from the journal subscriber to the researchers, who would have to pay costs estimated at $1,500 to get an article published (the article explains how this will work). One eye-popping factoid in this article: Elsevier earns a 30% profit on $1.6 billion in revenues. What does Elsevier VP Pieter Bolman have to say? "I do realize that the 30 percent sticks out but what we still do feel -- and this is, I think, where the real measure is -- we're still very much in the top of author satisfaction and reader satisfaction." Hey buddy, couldn't you be "tops" with just a 5%-10% profit? See the article at: The Washington Post"

Tall Magazine

Jen writes "Here's a magazine that I'll never have a need to read."
You might if you're one of the "5.5 million American men over 6-foot-2 and the 1.5 million American women north of 5-foot-9." (Does this mean tall people are a significant portion of your library's user group and you need to subscribe?)

Here's the full article.
Tall magazine—"because life may be short, but we're not"—"

Bush launches magazine to teach young Arabs to love America

Jen Young wanted to share This Independent Digital Article on a glossy new magazine published by the Bush administration going on sale across the Middle East this week.
It is targeting young people with a mix of features, celebrity profiles and music. The Arabic-language Hi magazine is US propaganda 2003-style. "We're fighting a war of ideas as much as a war on terror," said Tucker Eskew, director of the White House's Office of Global Communications.

Too Sexy for This Store

Jen Young writes "Slate Has This On Redbook. The magazine, which turned 100 in May, was evidently not acting its age, and what could be more vulgar? How about the revelation, in a rash of unrelated news stories over the next week, that Redbook had given two of its cover girls big crude face lifts: Jennifer Aniston had been doctored for the June issue (and was considering suing), and Julia Roberts, her head (from a photo taken at the People's Choice Awards in 2002) scarily large atop a paper-doll stiff body (from the Notting Hill premiere in 1999), had been butchered for July. The editors apologized, saying they had wanted an image that would "pop on the newsstand," a spokesman for Redbook said. "Pop" it did, against a background of garish pink, red, and bright violet.

Refereed Journals: Do They Insure Quality or Enforce Orthodoxy?

John Grubb points us to

This One at ISCID that says the notion that a scientific idea cannot be considered intellectually respectable until it has first appeared in a "peer" reviewed journal did not become widespread until after World War II. They argue that prior to the Second World War the refereeing process, even where it existed, had very little effect on the publication of novel ideas, at least in the field of physics. But in the last several decades, many outstanding physicists have complained that their best ideas -- the very ideas that brought them fame -- were rejected by the refereed journals. Thus, prior to the Second World War, the refereeing process worked primarily to eliminate crackpot papers. Today, the refereeing process works primarily to enforce orthodoxy.

TECHSPLOITATION: Science for Everybody

Jen Young noticed Alternet is Running A Story on the Public Library of Science.
The group traces its immediate history to Varmus\'s project PubMed Central, a service associated with the aforementioned PubMed, which was supposed to make the full text of articles available to anyone who wanted them. Unfortunately, the scientific publishing business – exemplified by corporate giants like Elsevier, which puts out thousands of periodicals and books – didn\'t exactly embrace the idea of making its copyrighted materials available for free.

Someone else points over to The NYTimes and a similar story. They say the Public Library of Science, which includes scientists, doctors, researchers and their public supporters, plans to announce legislation on Thursday that would give taxpayers greater access to scientific data.


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