Journals & Magazines

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.\"

Scientists Worry Journals May Aid Terrorists

SomeOne writes \"Individual scientists submitting articles for publication in journals published by the American Society for Microbiology have asked permission to withhold information out of concern that \"significant data could be misappropriated or abused\". In response, the president of the society has sought the advice of the National Academy of Sciences on whether scientific journals should withhold information that may aid bioterrorists or countries contemplating biological warfare. The full story is in the New York Times at:


Impact-factor rewards affect Spanish research

Lee Hadden writes: \"In a letter to Nature in the June 27, 2002 issue, is a discussion about the impact factor in Spanish scientific publications.

See: \"Impact-factor rewards affect Spanish research
\", the print copy of Nature 417, 898 (2002) or at: (subscription required).\"

In Spain, as in Finland, publication of research reports in journals with a high impact factor has since 1989 officially been part of the national system for evaluating researchers\' productivity. But unlike the Finnish system, the Spanish system rewards individuals rather than departments or institutions.

As stated in the Spanish parliamentary record, a bonus is awarded only for \"those articles of scientific worth in journals of recognized prestige in the field. As a quality indicator, the relevance of the medium of dissemination in which each article was published shall be considered. In those disciplines for which international systems of quality of publications exist, reliance on these systems shall be obligatory.\"

Writing For Publication - Survey

Rachel writes \"For a forthcoming book from Scarecrow on writing for publication, I\'m seeking survey respondents who are willing to take a few minutes to share their experiences with publishing in the library literature. The survey is available as an online form at , and a plain-text version is also accessible from that link for those who would prefer to answer via e-mail. Thanks!

- Rachel

Open access to the scientific journal literature

Peter Suber, curator of the Free Online Scholarship Blog weighs in on this much-debated issue:

None of the advantages of traditional scientific journals need be sacrificed in order to provide free online access to scientific journal articles. Objections that open access to scientific journal literature requires the sacrifice of peer-review, revenue, copyright protection, or
other strengths of traditional journals, are based on misunderstandings.

Full Article from BioMed Central\'s new Journal of Biology, which \"aims to publish outstanding research articles from all areas of biology and make them immediately accessible to all, free of charge.\"

JAMA Reports on Misleading Studies

SomeOne writes \"In a special issue on peer review, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reports that published studies are sometimes misleading and fail to mention weaknesses. Some of the problem can be traced to conflicts of interest among peer reviewers. The story is available at the New York Times (free registration required).

NYTimes Story \"

See Also.

Nature provided to World\'s Poorest Countries

Lee Hadden Writes: \" To help bridge the gap between the richest and poorest nations, some
attempt is being made to make scientific information available through
libraries in the poorest countries.
See the article in: Nature 417, 365 (2002);
From 24 May, Nature and all other journals published by the Nature
Publishing Group will become available through the HINARI scheme. That,
coupled with the SciDev.Net free-access website that was spun off from
Nature last year (see, is one step towards the goals
outlined by Sachs\' committee.

Read more about it at: (Subscription required).\"

Is the Journal as We Know It an Article of Faith?

Bruce Morton has written Is the Journal as We Know It an Article of Faith?, and interesting look at exploring how we might achieve scholarly communication that is more effective than traditional models, and yet will still adhere to the academic values that are so important. He says The journal as we have known it was successful because it was the best technology available to do the job. This is no longer the case thanks to the web.

Journal Boycott Over Online Access Is a Bust is Reporting Few of the 30,000 scientists who pledged to boycott journals that don\'t make their content free online after six months have actually followed through on that threat, and few journals have changed their ways.

\"Perhaps we were being a little naive\" in thinking that publishers would change their policies because of the boycott, says Mr. Eisen. \"In reality, very few publishers responded.\"


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