Journals & Magazines

Librarians\' skepticism grows on colleges\' agreements with Elsevier

Lee Hadden points out The Chronicle Of Higher Ed says many academic libraries and consortia are deciding whether to renew contracts first brokered during the burst of electronic offerings in the late 1990s. One of their biggest decisions will be whether to continue with ScienceDirect, the largest and most costly of the electronic packages.

\"It\'s a pitched battle right now for control of research libraries\' rights to determine what they offer their patrons,\" says Jeffrey B. Garrett, acting assistant university librarian for collection management at the Evanston campus of Northwestern University. \"The problem with all of these big deals out there is that we are being asked to provide our patrons with things that we don\'t want, and pay for them. And we really don\'t appreciate being confronted with this form of ultimatum.\"

Call for Contributors from LISJobs

Rachel writes \"I\'m seeking contributors for the January and March issues of the Info Career Trends electronic newsletter, which focuses on professional development issues for librarians.

January\'s theme, \"multitasking,\" encompasses every aspect of wearing many hats: balancing work/family responsibilities, holding down duties in several departments, finding the time for professional development while still completing daily tasks, and so on.

March\'s theme, \"jobs, salaries, and raises,\" is as straightforward as it sounds. Possible topics include: job-hunting strategies, salary negotiation, choosing and finding the right type of position.

ICT seeks short, practical articles. Guidelines for contributors are available At LISJobs . For more about the newsletter and access to past issues, see . Please be sure to browse through previous articles and read the contributor guidelines before querying. Address all queries via e-mail to: [email protected].
Newer writers welcome! \"

Ivey Business Journal Goes Online And Free

The Chronicle Of Higher Ed is reporting The Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Ivey Business Journal with the introduction of its new Web version on September 19. Although the print journal had both paid subscribers and what its managers describe as a \"healthy\" advertising base, the online publication will not charge readers and will not accept advertising.

They say they\'ll save about $300,000 a year in print-production costs.

Biochemist rallies colleagues to publish results on the Web

SFGate has a

Piece on Pat Brown, a biochemist at Stanford University. He wants to raise about $20 million in foundation grants to bring together top scientists to review scientific research, and publish it on the Web -- for free.

\"A high school student in San Jose could read the latest paper in cell biology,\" he said. \"Scientists in the Third World could see scientific articles they can\'t afford. These people are totally disenfranchised from the latest evidence-based science.\"

American Geophysical Union e-journals controversy

Lee Hadden writes: \"The American Geophysical Union (AGU) has had some controversy over
their new e-journals and e-publishing policies and prices. They include
issues of pricing, page numbering, manuscript backlog and other items. The
current issue of Science, August 30, 2002, pages 1468-1469 has an article
on AGU\'s transition to e-publishing. See for those with
site licences.
And AGU has posted their response to the criticisms in the Science
article on their web site\"

Scholarly Reviews Through the Web

The NYTimes has A Look At how the web might be the killer-app for peer-reviewed scholarly journals.

They say there are about 25,000 science, technical and medical journals that are peer-reviewed and assessment process for peer-reviewed articles has traditionally involved lengthy mail delays, high postage costs and cumbersome administration.
Now over the last few years, about a dozen companies have developed Web-based peer-review programs that aim to reduce turnaround time, postage bills and workload by automating and tracking the process. Industry observers estimate that 30 percent of scholarly publishers — which include commercial houses, academic presses and nonprofit associations — have adopted the online systems.

New Music Publications Attract Young Men With Humor

Lee Hadden writes: \"The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article on music magazines
in their August 13, 2002 issue. They say After 35 years of leading the music-magazine pack, Rolling Stone\'s pre-eminence in the field is threatened by
upstarts. Chief among them is Blender, from the makers of
the men\'s magazine Maxim, which has a circulation of
350,000 after only nine issues and says that will increase
to 410,000 by next January. Blender uses the same short
bursts of humorous writing that served Maxim so well.
Read more about it (subscription required).\"

Yellowing Journalism: A Search for Old Newspapers

Gary Price, from The Virtual Acquisition Shelf & News Desk sent along \"This NYTimes Story on a project trying to find and catalog every surviving collection of every newspaper published in the five boroughs since 1725.
According to The Encyclopedia of New York City, since 1725, when the first edition of The New-York Gazette appeared, 415 general-circulation newspapers have been published in New York City, along with 149 foreign-language papers.

Title varies, quel damage

Rob Lopresti writes \"New Scientist\'s Feedback column (July 6 2002) pointed out this website created by UW librarian Patty Carey. It charts the 34 titles that Comptes Rendus, the journal of the French Academy of Sciences, and its many splinter journals, have undergone since 1835 (mostly since 1950).
Here\'s The PDF \"

Academy of Sciences summit on limiting science publications to prevent terrorism

James Nimmo was kind enough to point us to This Story on The National Academy of Sciences, and their move to organize a scientific town hall meeting to discuss whether researchers should withhold information when they publish studies to ensure the information could not be used by terrorists.

\'\'Science, by its definition, is supposed to be repeatable and if we permit publication of manuscripts that lack sufficient detail ... we will be undercutting science and we\'re not prepared to do that,\'\' Atlas said.\"


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