Archive for the 'Scholarly Communication' Category

Code4Lib Journal Issue 7 Out

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Issue 7 of the Code4Lib Journal is out: How Hard Can It Be? : Developing in Open Source Extracting User Interaction Information from the Transaction Logs of a Faceted Navigation OPAC Using a Web Services Architecture with Me, Myself and I Deciphering Journal Abbreviations with JAbbr Repurposing ProQuest Metadata for Batch Ingesting ETDs into an […]

Publishing in the New Millenium Proceedings

Monday, December 31st, 2007

The proceedings of the Publishing in the New Millennium: the future of scientific publishing in the biosciences conference held at Harvard University on November 9 are available. Posted by Rich

Consortium Attempts to Protect Journal Issues Digitally

Thursday, January 26th, 2006

A consortium of universities, libraries, and interested parties is developing a digital archive of journal issues in case publishers disappear, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. Adapting Lots of Copies Keeps Stuff Safe (Lockss) software, the archive is called Controlled Lockss, or Clockss.

URL Decay in Scholarly Articles

Wednesday, March 16th, 2005

Two professors analyzed Web addresses in footnotes in articles published in certain communication journals between 2000 and 2003 to study link decay. Their results show about 1/3 of the URLs in 1,126 citations no longer work. Permanent article URL for Chronicle of Higher Education subscribers

Helping the Enemy or Helping Scholars

Sunday, February 20th, 2005

I submitted a scholarly article to a journal. After doing so, I reflected on a lot of the things I’ve been reading and writing lately. Am I supporting the enemy by sending in my scholarly work–signing away my rights, not accepting payment for something that will bring them revenue, contributing to a traditional model many […]

SciFi Group Investigates Vanity Publisher

Sunday, February 6th, 2005

Within minutes of the news about a science fiction group investigating a vanity publisher appearing on Slashdot, two people IMed me about it. I chuckled when I saw it as Sunday’s Library Link of the Day. No, this story doesn’t really have anything to do with scholarly publishing directly, but I don’t exactly have a […]

Written Works from Embargoed Countries Allowed

Thursday, December 16th, 2004

In a decision that opens scholarly communication channels, the US Treasury Department “… clarif[ied] the extent to which publishing activities with persons in Cuba, Iran and Sudan are authorized.” The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on the change, also.

Are Bookless Libraries in Our Future?

Monday, December 6th, 2004

Dennis Dillon of the University of Texas at Austin speculates on the future of libraries in this Chronicle of Higher Education piece. Beginning with a discussion of the possibility of outsourcing library services, Dillon examines scholarly publishing and library budgets and how if things don’t change, future academic libraries may not be able to afford […]

Searching Scholarly Materials

Thursday, November 18th, 2004

Google released its search engine for scholarly material, Google Scholar this week. I realized what I could write about it, started to search for a link, then noticed Christina’s post fortuitously in the right place in my aggregator. Shirl Kennedy and Gary Price have much more about it on the ResourceShelf. I appreciate Jessamyn’s comment […]

British Government Prefers Current Scholarly Publishing Situation

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

The British government rejected recommendations from the Science and Technology Committee of the House of Commons for changes to the current scholarly publishing model. The government stated it “is not aware that there are major problems in accessing scientific information.”

Trends and Comparisons in Scholarly Journal Prices

Tuesday, October 12th, 2004

The ResourceShelf points to this article analyzing the prices of 6,000 journals from twelve scholarly publishers. LISU, a research center based at the Department of Information Science at Loughborough University in Leicestershire, United Kingdom, did the study.

Editorial about Scholarly Publishing: Which Model to Use?

Tuesday, September 28th, 2004

John H. Ewing, executive director of the American Mathematical Society, compares and contrasts several models of scholarly publishing in this Chronicle of Higher Education opinion piece in order to explore where scholarly publishing has gone wrong and how to fix it.

IBM Tries to Block Journal Article

Thursday, June 17th, 2004

IBM is interfering with the publication of a scholarly article about a higher incidence of cancer among some of their employees. Now the authors of other articles scheduled to be published in the particular issue of Clinics in Occupational and Evnironmental Medicine are withholding their articles to protest Elsevier’s decision not to publish the article. […]

Elsevier on the Implications of Open Access Journals in the UK

Tuesday, February 24th, 2004

Elsevier includes some interesting statistics about journal usage in the United Kingdom as well as presenting arguments against Open Access publishing in their comments about academic publishing in the UK. I linked to the executive summary above. A 15-page .pdf report is also available. Seen on the ResourceShelf (This isn’t new. I’m slowly catching up […]

Journal of Algorithms Board Resigns Citing Elsevier, Begins New Journal

Monday, February 9th, 2004

The Board of Directors of the Journal of Algorithms, a publication popular among mathematicians and computer scientists, announced its resignation and intention to focus on a new journal, Transactions on Algorithms, because of their frustration that Elsevier makes the publication too expensive for many college libraries to afford. According to the subscriber-restricted Chronicle of Higher […]

More About Harvard’s Elsevier Cancellations

Thursday, February 5th, 2004

This week’s Harvard University Gazette includes an article about Harvard’s decision to eliminate many subscriptions to Elsevier journals and put more effort into developing alternative publishing methods. The article includes quotes from several professors, including one who works with the Public Library of Science, about how many current scholarly publishing practices hurt and hinder scholarly […]

Open Access Journals in the Chronicle of Higher Education This Week

Tuesday, January 27th, 2004

Garrett types about some features in this Friday’s Chronicle of Higher Education about open access journals and publishing. There will be an online colloquy on Thursday at 1 pm exploring the issue.

Liberation Technology in the Chronicle of Higher Education

Tuesday, January 27th, 2004

The dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, John M. Unsworth, has a piece in this Friday’s Chronicle of Higher Education about the open source, open access, etc., movement at institutions of higher learning. He gives a history of the Internet, talks about initiatives at […]

Harvard Cancels Elsevier Journals

Wednesday, January 7th, 2004

The Harvard Libraries are canceling subscriptions to approximately 100 journals “in an effort to achieve a more economically sustainable environment for research publication generally. By canceling these little-used materials, Harvard funds can be directed to resources from other publishers that are in higher demand by Harvard faculty and students.” The Web page includes the list […]

Elsevier Talks About Journal Cuts

Friday, December 19th, 2003

This interview with Elsevier’s global director for corporate communications is almost three weeks old, but I saw it today on and thought it was worth a mention, especially since I haven’t included any coverage of Elsevier’s perspective in my posts about the recent developments regarding libraries’ subscriptions to Elsevier’s journals. The director claims that cuts […]

Cornell Announced Its Elsevier Journal Cancellations

Tuesday, December 16th, 2003

Cornell University Library (CUL) administrators decided to subscribe to a smaller number of individual journal titles from Elsevier instead of renewing a bundled journal package. “Cornell is not alone in its decision this year. Harvard recently announced that it is reconsidering its big deal with Elsevier and other research libraries are following suit. Several well-respected […]

British MPs to Look into Academic Publishing

Saturday, December 13th, 2003

Friday’s Guardian reports that the British House of Commons’ science and technology committee plans to look into scientific publishing early next year to explore alternate publishing methods, like open-access journals, in the wake of growing dissatisfaction with academic publisher Elsevier’s business practices.

NCSU Considers Dropping Elsevier Subscriptions

Monday, December 8th, 2003

Student senators at NCSU support the libraries’ position not to renew certain Elsevier subscriptions. from the ResourceShelf

Directory of Open Access Journals

Thursday, December 4th, 2003

Speaking of journals that use publishing methods circumventing the big publishers, here’s an excellent resource for finding “journals that use a funding model that does not charge readers or their institutions for access.” The database includes basic information about the journal, like its language and publisher, as well as a link to its Web site. […]

Cornell Considers What to Do About Rising Journal Subscription Costs

Wednesday, November 12th, 2003

especially from publisher Elsevier. Their Issues in Scholarly Communication site explains the situation and their plan. “We now pay ca. $1.7 million dollars for Elsevier journals. (Those journals account for less than 2% of the serials to which the Cornell Library subscribes, but that cost is equal to over 20% of the Library?s total serials […]

Another Advantage to Publishing Electronically

Tuesday, November 4th, 2003

There’s a movement among certain groups of librarians to seek alternative publishing methods and publications because of the skyrocketing prices of some print journals. I remember hearing that one library’s most expensive subscription was more than $30,000 a year–and that was several years ago. Carl, who recently began working on the Dermatology Online Journal, blogs […]