Journals & Magazines

Can we stay current by reading the professional library literature?

Bill Drew writes "I just read an article in Reference & Users Services Quarterly that I find
troubling because of its lack of depth and coverage. It is "A Study of
Web-Based Interactive Reference Services Via Academic Library Home Pages."
The article does not mention anything that has happened on the Digital
Reference front in the year. there is not one mention of the various
vendors now offering Digital Reface services. The article was obviously
submitted quite awhile ago and there for misses much of the recent growth in
virtual reference services. The article was submitted in Nov. 12, 2001 and
revised and accepted for publication in Feb. 12, 2002. I can see the fault
is not with the author but with the publication schedule for R&USQ.

How can
one expect to stay current by reading the professional library literature if
it takes close to 18 months for an article to be published by one of our
professional journals?
"

Top 50 Magazines According To Chicago Tribune

Matt writes "The Chicago Tribune says magazines seem more relevant than ever. They picked out magazines that you'll find on staffers' nightstands and coffee tables, in their backpacks and on their car seats and on the edges of our bathtubs. These are the periodicals for which we pay good money.

Top 5:

1) Cook's Illustrated.
2) The New Yorker.
3) Martha Stewart Living.
4) Sports Illustrated.
5) People.
"

Punk Planet praises print

The current Punk Planet (which unfortunately -- though maybe appropriately for this issue -- doesn't have the zine's content on its website) is devoted to the joys of hard copy, and it includes interviews with and excerpts from Dave Eggers & Co., Underworld cartoonist Kaz, and others. There's also a nice profile of
zine libraries.

Library Journal RSS Feed

Rachel from LISJobs writes:"Hi - Created an RSS feed for LJ this morning at myrss.com (kind of a cool little site): view it here!
It'll popup an annoying redirect before stories, but works."

Little evidence for effectiveness of scientific peer review

Jen pointed to this BMJ Story on a systematic review {URL?} of peer review journals from the international Cochrane Collaboration.
They say despite its widespread use and costs, little hard evidence exists that peer review improves the quality of published biomedical research.
Published last week, the review is the third in a series from the Cochrane Collaboration Methods Group. The other reviews look at the grant application process and technical editing.

Journal's Closing Spells End of an Era

Sue, Bob, and Jen all pointed to
This NYTimes Story on the end of the Partisan Review.
The quarterly journal of culture and politics that emerged from the ideological ferment of the 1930's to become the house organ for a generation of brilliant American intellectuals and writers, is ceasing publication after 66 years. The journal's final issue, a tribute to its co-founder and editor in chief, William Phillips, who died in September at 94, is being mailed to subscribers this week.

Publication Impact Factors

Lee Hadden writes: " Jerald L Schnoor, editor of the ACS' Environmental Science and
Technology, has an editorial in this month's March 1, 2003, edition, page
79A, on the impact of selected articles in magazines.
Regretfully, the article does not discuss the need for excellent
indexing and free article accessibility to help with the impact factor.
Those articles which don't get indexed and which are hidden behind high
access costs, often don't get the impact they deserve. Other articles,
perhaps less important but marketed better, often get undeserved impact
numbers.
Read more about it in This PDF."

Barnes & Noble and Book Magazine Try a New Tack

Robin from over at In My Book sent along This NYTimes Story on Book, a magazine filled with book reviews, author interviews and effusive features.
Book and Barnes & Noble have restructured their partnership to cut costs and more closely integrate the magazine with the chain. Starting with the May/June issue, the magazine will be called Barnes & Noble Presents Book. The circulation promised advertisers will be cut to 150,000 from 750,000, and the magazine will be more prominently displayed in the chain's more than 600 stores.
The magazine about the book world burned through $700,000 in the first two years as it struggled to find readers and advertisers.

Go Read The New Cites & Insights

The April 2003: Vol. 3 No. 4 issue of Cites & Insights has hit the web newstands. Walt has a great section that focuses on some blog related issues this time. Here's the TOC:

* Perspective: A Zine is Not a Weblog
* The Library Stuff
* Bibs & Blather
* The Filtering/Censorware Follies: CIPA and the Supremes
* The Good Stuff
* Trends & Quick Takes

Swimsuit issue under wraps

Jack Stephens passed along one of the Punniest stories I've read in a long time. The Macon Telegraph reports that guys who wouldn't know a Dewey decimal from a Mountain Dew are after the SI swimsuit models and their barely covered, um, reference sections.

"I would say that of the group of people who are normally not interested in it, the biggest group of people who look at it are the librarians themselves," she said. "Just out of curiosity, to see what's gonna be in it this year that we need to be aware of, and how bad is it this year, and how ridiculous these girls look ... how ludicrous."

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