Journals & Magazines

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."

New England Journal of Medicine Retracts Study

News That The New England Journal of Medicine has retracted a study on Monday because one of the coauthors falsified signatures of the majority of the researchers named on the study as it was being reviewed.
To prevent the problem from happening again, the journal plans "to inform all authors of record by e-mail when their manuscript is accepted."

Throwing Magazines Into Oblivion

jen Young passed along This NYTimes Piece on trying to keep up with your magazine subscriptions.

\"Every few months, I load a bag with magazines from three months ago or longer. No wistful glances at the cover, no flipping through the pages. I don\'t want to know that the Sept. 30 New Yorker has an article by Adam Gopnik titled, \"Bumping Into Mr. Ravioli: How We Got to Be so Busy.\" I am too busy to read about how I got this way.\"

Magazine of Southern writing reborn

Here\'s A Chicago Sun-Times Story on the relaunched Oxford American.
Billed as \'\'The Southern Magazine of Good Writing,\'\' the Oxford American almost folded last year. It was taken over by At Home Media Group Inc., publishers of an interior decorating magazine. The new owners moved the publication from Oxford, Miss., to its new home in Little Rock.
NPR Has a Story as well.

Forty new countries given low cost access to health journals

The World Health Organization Says Forty-three new countries were added to the list of eligible participants in the Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative (HINARI) this week, giving them online access to 2,200 high-quality medical journals at drastically reduced prices.

The 43 countries, which all have gross national products per capita of between $1,000-$3,000, join the 69 low-income countries (GNP/capita below $1,000) whose hospitals, medical schools and research institutions already access the package for free.

Divine/Rowe-Com Situation

SomeOne sent over Libraries face possible loss of subscriptions, from the South Bend Tribune that sheds a bit more light on the subject, not much though.

They say divine\'s business may continue if it is purchased by another company.
There\'s a Yahoo Group out there somewhere, but I can\'t seem to find it.
[Updated]Thanks to Janet, Here\'s The Group

Elsevier\'s Vanishing Act

Jen Young sent over This Chronicle of Higher Education story on Elsevier Science quietly withdrawing dozens of journal articles from ScienceDirect since at least January 2000, often providing no details as to its reasons.
Elsevier says it has expunged no more than 30 journal articles from ScienceDirect. That total represents only a fraction of the millions of articles in Elsevier\'s database.

The Year, From First Blush To Last Gasp

The Washington Post has This One on the year in magazines.
They cover all the \"special\" 9/11 anniversary packages, as well as other fun stories from a range of publications.

New Premise in Science: Get the Word Out Quickly

Slashdot and Lee Hadden pointed the way to This NYTimes Story on Public Library of Science, an outgrowth of several years of friction between scientists and the journals over who should control access to scientific literature in the electronic age. Supporters of the Public Library of Science say the point is not how much money the journals make, but their monopoly control over literature that should belong to the public.

Be sure to read the Slashdot thread as well.

\"We would be perfectly happy for them to have huge profit margins providing that in exchange for all this money we\'re giving them we got to own the literature and the literature did not belong to them,\"

In My Lifes

Always helpful Ender pointed the way to This Nice AJR Story on Life magazine, and how it reflected life from the past decades.
The author has been collecting library-bound volumes of Life for almost 20 years, with 95 volumes so far, for which he has paid a total of $2,523 so far, at an average cost of $26.56 per volume. He\'s found more than a few on eBay and has traced some of his volumes back to the libraries that tossed them.

\"As Baker argued eloquently, there\'s no substitute for access to a big, heavy volume of print material. The act of turning the page is literally revelatory.\"


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