Submitted by Blake on October 18, 2001 - 2:40pm
The Chronicle of Higher Education
has More Good News on the journal front, at least half the editorial board of Machine Learning, signed a resignation letter this month because the journal\'s subscription fee was so high that scientists\' articles were not reaching a wide-enough readership.
The publisher responded by saying that it would increase the number of journal pages and reduce the annual subscription rate for individuals. The subscription rate for universities and research centers remains at $1,050.
Submitted by Ryan on October 9, 2001 - 11:19pm
Library Journal reports (briefly) on the 10/1 Forum on Publishing Alternatives in Science at Johns Hopkins:
\"We gave our intellectual property away to private firms and scholarly societies,\" said David E. Shulenburger, provost of the University of Kansas . . . \"They have found they can sell it back to us at prices that will produce profits and/or support the cost of other activities.\" Shulenburger had the figures to back up the assertions. From 1986 to 1999, the number of journals grew from 103,700 to 161,000 (55 percent). While the Consumer Price Index increased 49 percent in that period and the price of healthcare went up 111 percent, the cost of scholarly journals increased 175 percent.
More (registration required).
Submitted by Blake on October 9, 2001 - 9:43am
Slashdot pointed the way to this most excellent letter of resignation from Machine Learning journal Editorial Board. Forty people have resigned from the Editorial Board of the Machine Learning Journal (MLJ). They say when the journal started fifteen years ago research papers did not circulate easily, but now, articles circulate easily via the Internet. They gone on to say MLJ publications are under restricted access, because universities and research centers pay a yearly fee of $1050. This works to limit contact between the current machine learning community and the potentially much larger community of researchers. They also point out none of the revenue stream from the journal makes its way back to
authors. They see little benefit for a mechanism that ensures revenue for a third party by restricting the communication channel between authors and readers.
Great to see this, I only hope we see it more often!
Submitted by Ryan on September 16, 2001 - 1:14am
A case study from the most recent Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship:
Proliferation of online access to primary literature has provided great opportunities for science libraries. Merging these resources with previously held formats, and negotiating with vendors for this access, remains a challenge at many institutions, regardless of size. This article highlights Haverford College\'s attempts to integrate these resources in an effort to enhance accessibility and to reduce costs inherent in this duplication of formats. Areas addressed include material formats, faculty and department cultures, consortial arrangements, users\' habits, implications for the online catalog, financial imperatives and communication patterns between our main and branch libraries. Initiatives currently underway are highlighted, as well as indications of how they will shape our future behaviors.
Submitted by Ryan on September 10, 2001 - 12:24am
Here\'s a helpful index of Nature\'s ongoing forum on the future of scientific publishing, including \"No Free Lunch,\" Martin Frank\'s intelligent critique of the Public Library of Science boycott:
The American Physiological Association objected to E-Biomed because it would have undermined both our ability to safeguard the integrity of journal contents and the economic viability of our scholarly journals and the service activities that they support. As with many other scholarly societies, APS uses journal revenues to run and subsidize other programmes, particularly in the areas of education, outreach to under-represented minorities, public affairs, student awards and scientific meetings. . .
Submitted by Blake on July 25, 2001 - 12:49pm
Matt Eberle writes \"September 1st is the deadline for the Public Library of Science demands to be met. 25,000 scientists have pledged to publish in, edit, review for, and subscribe to only journals that agree to make articles available after a 6 month embargo.
Submitted by Blake on June 25, 2001 - 4:34pm
Ursula writes \"Last Friday, NPR\'s Science Friday radio show covered the issue of access to scientific journals. Information about the show is here:
And here\'s a link to the archived show (RealAudio):
Submitted by Blake on May 30, 2001 - 12:22pm
Gaurdian Story on the ever growing journal boycott.
More than 800 British researchers have joined 22,000 others from 161 countries in a campaign to boycott publishers of scientific journals who refuse to make research papers freely available on the internet after six months.
\"Science depends on knowledge and technology being in the public domain,\" said Michael Ashburner
Submitted by Blake on April 27, 2001 - 11:18am
Submitted by Blake on April 11, 2001 - 6:22pm
It\'s been here before, but it keeps getting submitted, so I thought I\'d cover it again.
Nature has a Forum on the impact of the Web on the publishing of the results of original research.
In a nutshell, how could scientific information be better handled so that they can work more easily and efficiently, should it be available for free?
If you think so, Sign The Open Letter.
Slashdot also ran a story.
Submitted by Blake on March 26, 2001 - 6:34pm
The Chronicle has an Interesting Story on a looming boycott of scientific and scholarly journals.
The boycotters want publishers to place their content in independent repositories on the Web six months after a journal issue has appeared in print.
Original Article in Science as well as the Editorial by Science\'s editors who say the proposal puts nonprofit, scholarly publishers at risk.
\"\"As scientists,\" the scholars argue, \"we are particularly dependent on ready and unimpeded access to our published literature, the only permanent record of our ideas, discoveries, and research results, upon which future scientific activity and progress are based.\"
Submitted by AnnaKh on March 5, 2001 - 8:53pm
The UK journal Information for Social Change has a new issue out, No. 12. The articles on the web are as follows:
- Editorial. John Vincent
- Clause 28. Anne Ramsden
- Clause 28 and its effects.
- Changing times: information destinations of the lesbian, Gay, bisexual and transgender community in Denver, Colorado. Martin Garnar
- Barriers to GLBT library service in the Electronic Age. Ellen Greenblatt
- Book review: Ian Lumsden\'s Machos, maricones and gays: Cuba and homosexuality. Review: John Pateman and John Vincent
- Social Exclusion Action Planning Network
- Book review: Fidel Castro\'s Capitalism in Crisis. Review: John Pateman
Submitted by Blake on February 26, 2001 - 5:40pm
Here\'s Some Good News from Infotoday.com. Kim Howells, the U.K. Minister of State for Competition and Consumer Affairs, has delayed the merger, and referred the matter to the Competition Commission. They say the Commission will report by the end of May.
Howells said that the proposed acquisition raises competition concerns that “relate to the market power which the merged company would have in the market for scientific, technical, and medical (STM) journals, and which could have an adverse effect on competition in that market.”
Submitted by Blake on February 23, 2001 - 6:27pm
Science and Technology Librarians:
Are you looking for a place to publish your work in a peer-reviewed journal?
The editors of Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship (ISTL) invite
you to submit your work to to our Refereed Section. Articles submitted to
the Refereed Section are put through a blind review by at least two
referees. Our turnaround time, from receipt of your article to notification
of publication status, is a short 6-8 weeks.
Unlike journals from commercial publishers, ISTL does not have a
subscription fee or page charges. It is a high quality, society produced
electronic publication, freely available to all.
More info follows....
Submitted by AnnaKh on February 14, 2001 - 8:53pm
\'Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large\' continues and expands \'Crawford\'s
Corner,\' a newsletter-within-a- newsletter published in Library Hi Tech
News through December 2000.
Written & prepared by Walt Crawford, the informal newsletter mentions
articles worth reading, articles deserving pointed commentary, and group
reviews within the areas of personal computing, media, libraries, and
related technologies. It also includes feature essays and insights in
Submitted by Blake on January 17, 2001 - 8:50pm
Lois Fundis writes \"
href=\"http://www.nytimes.com/\"> The New York
Times has a
html\">Story that one of the nation\'s oldest
magazines (founded 1857), under a new management,
is being redesigned but still focused on \"exploration of
big ideas, big subjects, the American experiment. I do
not mean to get highbrow about it, but that is what The
Atlantic is about.\" It also mentions their longstanding
rivalry with Harper\'s, also founded in the 1850s: \"the
difference between New York and Boston\".
Submitted by Blake on January 10, 2001 - 9:47am
Lee Hadden writes :
The price increases for academic journals to libraries has finally
made the Wall Street Journal. The Monday, Jan. 8, 2001 copy, page A26, has
an article by Charles Goldsmith, \"Publish or Perish, But At What Cost to
Academia? World\'s Research Libraries Balk at High Price of Journal
Seems like we are seeing these stories more often these days. This story likens the journal arena to \"a restaurant that makes you bring your own food and cook it yourself, then presents you with an outragous check and a cover charge.\". The libraries are being queezed by high prices, and with competetion shrinking, don\'t expect the double digit price increases to ease up. They say the median amount spent on journals at research libraries is now over $4 Million!
Submitted by Blake on January 9, 2001 - 5:39pm
Washington Post has Story on all those free newspapers and directories you see all over the place. They are gaining in popularity, street boxes are piling up, and so are the stacks of newspapers in libraries, recreation centers and in local businesses.
People are starting to complain the things are just a waste of space and an eye sore.
Submitted by Blake on January 3, 2001 - 7:36pm
SPARC and the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) today launch
DECLARING INDEPENDENCE: A GUIDE TO CREATING COMMUNITY-CONTROLLED
SCIENCE JOURNALS, a how-to handbook and web site that guides editors
and editorial board members of scientific journals toward responsible
journal publishing. To see the site or download a PDF version of the
handbook, please go to: arl.org/sparc/DI.