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Most obscure journal contest

jen writes \"An update on the contest from AIR (Annals of Improbable Research).
Here\'s the release:

The past month has seen further turns and twists on the road to
identifying the world\'s Most Obscure Journal. This joint research
project of the Annals of Improbable Research (AIR) and the Times
Higher Education Supplement (THES) seeks to answer this question:

\"Which is the least-read academic journal?\"


Gaining Independence: A Manual

Gaining Independence: A Manual is a publication of SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, which is dedicated to helping transform the scholarly communications marketplace and process.

SPARC intends this manual to help universities, libraries, societies, and others implement alternatives to commercially-published scholarly and scientific information.

Newspapers cutting staff, services

Lee Hadden writes: \"The March 18, 2002 issue of the Walls Street Journal has an article
about how newspapers are cutting expenses by reducing services:Newly Endangered Species: Newspapers\' Stock Tables that says the stock quotes section is shrinking and another story, Publishers Trim Staff, Coverage; Will Readership Also Shrink? says that publishers are confronting an advertising recession that is now in its second
year, and are cutting costs by whittling away at their
publications. The San Francisco Chronicle now puts out its Sunday
magazine every other week and has pared its comics section.\"

Scholarly Publishing News from the Harvard Crimson

steven bell writes \"A recent story that appeared in the Harvard Crimson, Harvard\'s school newspaper, highlighted the efforts of three medical school faculty to encourage scholarly journals to make create free access to online articles after a six month embargo period. Despite obtaining 15,000 signatures to a petition, the effort has made little progress towards its goal. You can find the story at

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

Rick writes \"
Playboy was selected because of its articles being referenced in certain academic topic searches, he said.

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Partly funded by student fees, Playboy magazine is available to students and any member of the community who purchases Sterling C. Evans Library cards for themselves and their children.
Sorry, no pictures in this one.

Read The Fine Print

Lee Hadden writes \" Chemical Engineering and News has an interesting account in their
\"Newscripts\" column in the back of the journal. The issue for January 14,
2002, on page 48, has the item \"Free Car Carries Surprising Baggage.\"
The author of a popular text, \"Rapid Interpretation of EKG\'s,\" wrote
in the 50th printing an insert among the copyright legalese boilerplate. In
this insert, he offers a free car shown on page 46 to the people who send
their name and address to the publisher, and who\'s name is pulled out of a
Only 5 people responded out of the 60,000 copies sold, and Jeffrey
Seiden won the prize- a shiny red 1965 Ford Thunderbird, with only 16,000
miles on it, worth $20,000.00.
However, it turned out that this was not a Yale University matter
although reported in the New Haven Register. Author Dale Dubin had lost his
medical license and served five years in federal prison for selling drugs
and possession of child pornography. He had been released in 1989.
If you have an account with the American Chemical Society, you can
read more about it at:


Guide to the FOS Movement

SomeOne writes \"This is a guide to the terminology, acronyms, initiatives, standards, technologies, and players in the free online scholarship (FOS) movement —the movement to publish scholarly literature on the internet and make it available to readers free of charge. The guide is a product of the Free Online Scholarship Newsletter. \"

Refereed Science Articles

Lee Hadden writes: \"Today\'s Wall Street Journal, January 28, 2002, has an article on page
B1 by Gautam Naik, \"BioTech Firm Bypass Journals to Make News.\"
The article discusses the increasingly common trend of announcing the
results of experiments, not in refereed science journals, but in press
releases. The end result is the public is exposed to claims which may be
exaggerated or worse, undermining the authority of the rest of the
scientific community.
\"It used to be that a scientific breakthrough was taken seriously only
if it first appeared in a peer-reviewed journal. But in the race to grab
the spotlight, some companies are rushing to release information via
esoteric publications that have less-stringent criteria or in news
Read more about it at:\"

Bibliometrics of electronic journals in information science

Bibliometrics of electronic journals in information science, by Donald T. Hawkins
Editor-in-Chief, Information Science Abstracts.

\"The bibliometric characteristics of electronic journals (e-journals) covering the field of information science have been studied. Twenty-eight e-journals were identified and ranked by number of articles on the subject they published. A Bradford plot revealed that the core is not well developed yet, but it will likely contain six journals. The publication of information science articles in e-journals began about 1990. In 1995 (the starting date for this study), a modest 26 articles appeared, but publication has now risen to approximately 250 articles per year. The most prolific authors are identified. The vast majority of them are located in the United States or United Kingdom.\"

Happy Birthday Weekly Reader

jen writes \"
The Weekley Reader turns 100.

100 years since its debut in an earlier guise, Weekly Reader has reached and shaped
children who went on to shape the world. To help celebrate its centennial, several famous names have responded to the Reader\'s request for testimonials on its impact on them as children. \"

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