Journals & Magazines

Nature provided to World\'s Poorest Countries

Lee Hadden Writes: \" To help bridge the gap between the richest and poorest nations, some
attempt is being made to make scientific information available through
libraries in the poorest countries.
See the article in: Nature 417, 365 (2002);
From 24 May, Nature and all other journals published by the Nature
Publishing Group will become available through the HINARI scheme. That,
coupled with the SciDev.Net free-access website that was spun off from
Nature last year (see scidev.net), is one step towards the goals
outlined by Sachs\' committee.


Read more about it at: nature.com (Subscription required).\"

Is the Journal as We Know It an Article of Faith?

Bruce Morton has written Is the Journal as We Know It an Article of Faith?, and interesting look at exploring how we might achieve scholarly communication that is more effective than traditional models, and yet will still adhere to the academic values that are so important. He says The journal as we have known it was successful because it was the best technology available to do the job. This is no longer the case thanks to the web.

Journal Boycott Over Online Access Is a Bust

Chronicle.com is Reporting Few of the 30,000 scientists who pledged to boycott journals that don\'t make their content free online after six months have actually followed through on that threat, and few journals have changed their ways.

\"Perhaps we were being a little naive\" in thinking that publishers would change their policies because of the boycott, says Mr. Eisen. \"In reality, very few publishers responded.\"

LISJobs call for contributors

Rachel writes \"Contributors are needed for the July issue of the Info Career Trends electronic newsletter ( lisjobs.com/newsletter ), which will focus on \"promotion.\"


Especially welcome are people who have worked their way \"up the ranks\" or are in the process of working their way up -- share your techniques and tips on getting promoted and moving on.

ICT contains short, practical articles of interest to working librarians. The focus is on personal professional development rather than on libraries themselves. Find contributor guidelines , and send queries via e-mail to editor@lisjobs.com.

Queries also welcome for September\'s issue (on \"professional communication\").
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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?\"


More... -- Read More

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.
WSJ.com\"

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 UWiretoday.com.
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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.

Full Story \"

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
hat.
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: pubs.acs.org/cen

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