Journals & Magazines

The rising costs of scientific journals

I don't think we've pointed to This display yet, but I've been wrong before. Designed by the Cornell University Engineering and Computer Science Library team, it shows how high costs are on some of our most expensive journals.

It was inspired by the "Show Me the Money" site, at the Health Sciences and Human Services library at the University of Maryland.

It\'s A Mad World

Bob Cox writes: \"I got this from Netsurf:\"

\"The FBI vs. Mad Magazine
Background: http://www.collectmad.com/fbi/data/Bufile-Background.html
Files: http://www.collectmad.com/fbi/FBI-MAD-Bufiles.htm
Mad:
http://www2.warnerbros.com/web/madmagazine/home.jsp

\"Scratch a fed and paranoia oozes out. Used to anyway, and we don\'t suppose it\'s
much different right now. Back in the day, the subversive Mad Magazine - you
know, Spy vs Spy, Don Martin, Alfred E. Neuman - liked to spoof the FBI and its
then supreme honcho, J. Edgar Hoover, or J. Edgar Electrolux as the magazine
sometimes called him. Hoover, no man to take a joke lightly, sent his boys to
check into the decadent, commie rag, to make sure no speck of dirt went
unvacuumed. -- Read More

The Decline Of Western Magazine Design

Pop Cult Mag has This Interesting Look at how magazine cover design has changed over the years. From the \"golden age\" of magazine popularity in the 1920s-\'30s and on through to the early \'60s, even the most mainstream of magazines tried to lure in readers with distinctive design, original typography, and striking artwork.
Today, the art of the magazine cover has been vanquished by celebrity worship and bad taste. Designers are simply fulfilling the dictates of their industry, not unlike the paint person on an auto assembly line. Innovation, creative expression, or even cleverness has been mostly abandoned.

Fudging Impact Factors

Lee Hadden writes \"There is an account in a letter of \"The Scientist\" of an editor
asking

Jeffrey Boone Miller

to quote some extra references to highlight their citation impact factor.
Read more about it at:
The-Scientist.com A free
registration may be required.
\"

Jeffery says, \"Happily, an editor\'s request can always be denied, and there are other journals. \"

Librarians\' skepticism grows on colleges\' agreements with Elsevier

Lee Hadden points out The Chronicle Of Higher Ed says many academic libraries and consortia are deciding whether to renew contracts first brokered during the burst of electronic offerings in the late 1990s. One of their biggest decisions will be whether to continue with ScienceDirect, the largest and most costly of the electronic packages.

\"It\'s a pitched battle right now for control of research libraries\' rights to determine what they offer their patrons,\" says Jeffrey B. Garrett, acting assistant university librarian for collection management at the Evanston campus of Northwestern University. \"The problem with all of these big deals out there is that we are being asked to provide our patrons with things that we don\'t want, and pay for them. And we really don\'t appreciate being confronted with this form of ultimatum.\"

Call for Contributors from LISJobs

Rachel writes \"I\'m seeking contributors for the January and March issues of the Info Career Trends electronic newsletter, which focuses on professional development issues for librarians.

January\'s theme, \"multitasking,\" encompasses every aspect of wearing many hats: balancing work/family responsibilities, holding down duties in several departments, finding the time for professional development while still completing daily tasks, and so on.

March\'s theme, \"jobs, salaries, and raises,\" is as straightforward as it sounds. Possible topics include: job-hunting strategies, salary negotiation, choosing and finding the right type of position.

ICT seeks short, practical articles. Guidelines for contributors are available At LISJobs . For more about the newsletter and access to past issues, see LISJobs.com/newsletter . Please be sure to browse through previous articles and read the contributor guidelines before querying. Address all queries via e-mail to: editor@lisjobs.com.
Newer writers welcome! \"

Ivey Business Journal Goes Online And Free

The Chronicle Of Higher Ed is reporting The Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Ivey Business Journal with the introduction of its new Web version on September 19. Although the print journal had both paid subscribers and what its managers describe as a \"healthy\" advertising base, the online publication will not charge readers and will not accept advertising.

They say they\'ll save about $300,000 a year in print-production costs.

Biochemist rallies colleagues to publish results on the Web

SFGate has a

Piece on Pat Brown, a biochemist at Stanford University. He wants to raise about $20 million in foundation grants to bring together top scientists to review scientific research, and publish it on the Web -- for free.

\"A high school student in San Jose could read the latest paper in cell biology,\" he said. \"Scientists in the Third World could see scientific articles they can\'t afford. These people are totally disenfranchised from the latest evidence-based science.\"

American Geophysical Union e-journals controversy

Lee Hadden writes: \"The American Geophysical Union (AGU) has had some controversy over
their new e-journals and e-publishing policies and prices. They include
issues of pricing, page numbering, manuscript backlog and other items. The
current issue of Science, August 30, 2002, pages 1468-1469 has an article
on AGU\'s transition to e-publishing. See ScienceMag.org for those with
site licences.
And AGU has posted their response to the criticisms in the Science
article on their web site\"

Scholarly Reviews Through the Web

The NYTimes has A Look At how the web might be the killer-app for peer-reviewed scholarly journals.

They say there are about 25,000 science, technical and medical journals that are peer-reviewed and assessment process for peer-reviewed articles has traditionally involved lengthy mail delays, high postage costs and cumbersome administration.
Now over the last few years, about a dozen companies have developed Web-based peer-review programs that aim to reduce turnaround time, postage bills and workload by automating and tracking the process. Industry observers estimate that 30 percent of scholarly publishers — which include commercial houses, academic presses and nonprofit associations — have adopted the online systems.

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