Journals & Magazines

Minorities Still Under Represented on Magazine Covers

Jen Young passed along this Feminist.org Story that says Minorities continue to be under represented on the covers of pop culture magazines and publications, according to a recent survey by the New York Times. Examining hundreds of magazine covers from 31 publications, the Times found the percentage of minority cover persons grew to just 20 percent in 2002 from 13 percent during 1998 to 2001. While minorities are gaining more exposure in fashion versus other pop culture magazines, Halle Berry in the December issue of Cosmopolitan remains only the fifth black Cosmo cover woman since 1964, the last one being Naomi Campbell in 1990.

Scientists Accuse Toxicology Journal of Industry Ties

jen writes \"You\'ll need a Chronicle sub to read this online. 45 scientists sent a letter on Tuesday to the publishers of the journal \"Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology,\" accusing it of being little more than an industry mouthpiece. The letter urges the journal\'s publisher, a unit of Elsevier Science Inc., to reconfigure the journal\'s editorial board and to require authors to disclose possible conflicts of interest.
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Scholarly Publishers Aim to Woo Librarians Away From Self-Published Research

The Chronicle of Higher Education has a Story, spotted by Jen Young, on a public-relations campaign intended to improve publishers\' image among librarians and academics. Supporters of the campaign say that it will be an attempt to mend relations with librarians and academics.
I say that\'ll happen when publishers stop gouging libraries. The campaign will not focus on the sharply rising cost of journal subscriptions because the publishers don\'t see \"it as the key issue.\" I would think it\'s safe to say librarians see it as The Key Issue.

\"The problem is that a lot of commercial publishers are not only addicted to profits -- they are addicted to high revenue growth, too,\" he says. \"That creates a situation that is sure to motivate alternative systems for disseminating knowledge.\"-Kenneth Frazier, director of libraries at the University of Wisconsin at Madison

Call for Contributors

Rachel writes \"I\'m looking for contributors to the March issue of the Info Career Trends electronic newsletter, which is focusing on \"jobs, salaries, and raises,\" and the May issue, which is focusing on \"building a career.\"

For March, I\'m particularly looking for people to write on topics such as: unionization, successful efforts to raise salaries in individual libraries, salary and raise negotiation strategies, changing jobs in order to better your salary, and finding and capturing a fairly-paying position.

For May, I\'m looking for people to write on successful career-building strategies - have you written for publication? Followed a successful promotion path in one library? Used conferences and mailing lists to network? Changed jobs to further your career?

Contributor guidelines are available at LISJobs.com . Please send queries to [email protected]. More information on the newsletter and archives are available at LISJobs.com .
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E-Journals Are Cheaper!

John Hubbard writes: \"Well, sorta. A study published in October\'s D-Lib Magazine documents a $2.00 vs. $17.50 per-use cost of e-journals vs. printed journals at Drexel University Library. There are some apples-and-oranges issues with the statistics, but the results are interesting evidence. \"

R.I.P Arts & Letters Daily

Bob Cox points out Arts & Letters Daily will no longer be with us. They say Since the filing, Arts & Letters Daily has been kept afloat by the goodwill of its editors, Tran Huu Dung and Denis Dutton, and it is now time for them to move on.

The rising costs of scientific journals

I don't think we've pointed to This display yet, but I've been wrong before. Designed by the Cornell University Engineering and Computer Science Library team, it shows how high costs are on some of our most expensive journals.

It was inspired by the "Show Me the Money" site, at the Health Sciences and Human Services library at the University of Maryland.

It\'s A Mad World

Bob Cox writes: \"I got this from Netsurf:\"

\"The FBI vs. Mad Magazine
Background: http://www.collectmad.com/fbi/data/Bufile-Background.html
Files: http://www.collectmad.com/fbi/FBI-MAD-Bufiles.htm
Mad:
http://www2.warnerbros.com/web/madmagazine/home.jsp

\"Scratch a fed and paranoia oozes out. Used to anyway, and we don\'t suppose it\'s
much different right now. Back in the day, the subversive Mad Magazine - you
know, Spy vs Spy, Don Martin, Alfred E. Neuman - liked to spoof the FBI and its
then supreme honcho, J. Edgar Hoover, or J. Edgar Electrolux as the magazine
sometimes called him. Hoover, no man to take a joke lightly, sent his boys to
check into the decadent, commie rag, to make sure no speck of dirt went
unvacuumed.

The Decline Of Western Magazine Design

Pop Cult Mag has This Interesting Look at how magazine cover design has changed over the years. From the \"golden age\" of magazine popularity in the 1920s-\'30s and on through to the early \'60s, even the most mainstream of magazines tried to lure in readers with distinctive design, original typography, and striking artwork.
Today, the art of the magazine cover has been vanquished by celebrity worship and bad taste. Designers are simply fulfilling the dictates of their industry, not unlike the paint person on an auto assembly line. Innovation, creative expression, or even cleverness has been mostly abandoned.

Fudging Impact Factors

Lee Hadden writes \"There is an account in a letter of \"The Scientist\" of an editor
asking

Jeffrey Boone Miller

to quote some extra references to highlight their citation impact factor.
Read more about it at:
The-Scientist.com A free
registration may be required.
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Jeffery says, \"Happily, an editor\'s request can always be denied, and there are other journals. \"

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