Journals & Magazines

Journals & Magazines

Publishers say that the bold open-access initiative rules out proven ways of opening up the literature

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 02/27/2019 - 08:40
Highly selective journals, in particular, argued that they have high internal costs that couldn’t reasonably be recouped in a fully open-access model, and that cutting costs would risk reducing journals’ quality.

The Active Librarian | Issue Release

Submitted by Blake Carver (not verified) on Tue, 05/03/2016 - 15:00

Dearest readers on the Internet,

The Active Librarian has released its 2nd issue. We hope you'll take some time to peruse its contents.

Josh Sopiarz reports on a topic all librarians must at some point consider--veteran outreach. His comprehensive list of veteran-specific resources alone is worth the price of admission (well, if there were a price of admission). Forrest Foster and Carl Leak describe their experiences with organizing an open-mic event. And various contributors present a "primer" for purchasing and configuring 3D printing technology.

Altmetric – Top 100 Articles – 2015

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 12/15/2015 - 11:22

The Christmas tree is up in the Altmetric office and it’s Top 100 time again! We’ve queried the Altmetric database to find out which academic articles got the most attention from the mainstream media, blogs, Wikipedia and social networks, as well as amongst a more academic audience in post-publication peer-review forums and research highlights.

Data was collected from the Altmetric database on November 16 2015 and a downloadable file can be found on figshare. News and comment pieces are excluded, as are articles that were published before November 2014.

Got just a single observation? New journal will publish it

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 12/08/2015 - 22:19

Those ponderings eventually spurred the creation of Matters ( https://www.sciencematters.io/ ). Launched on 5 November, the open-access online journal aims to boost integrity and speed the communication of science by allowing researchers to publish discrete observations rather than complete stories.

Publication delays at PLOS and 3,475 other journals: Calling for a journal review service

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 12/03/2015 - 09:11

Calling for a journal review service
Acceptance and publication times are not the only factor to consider when selecting a journal. Traditionally, the impact factor — average citations for articles published in the two preceding years — has been a primary criteria. However, any single metric is insufficient to make an informed decision on where to submit. A host of other journal attributes matter such as readership, aesthetics, communication, friendliness, flexibility, features, and web nativity.

Boston Archivists Demand Patience

Submitted by birdie on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 17:11

A copper box sealed for over 113 years inside the head of a piece of statuary, a lion, at the Old State House in Boston has finally been opened.

Inside... there was a surprise book with a red cover...but we don't know the title or contents. Historians deem the book and other contents of the box too fragile to be quickly examined. They will need to be examined in a temperature and pressure controlled environment.