Journals & Magazines

Refereed Science Articles

Lee Hadden writes: \"Today\'s Wall Street Journal, January 28, 2002, has an article on page
B1 by Gautam Naik, \"BioTech Firm Bypass Journals to Make News.\"
The article discusses the increasingly common trend of announcing the
results of experiments, not in refereed science journals, but in press
releases. The end result is the public is exposed to claims which may be
exaggerated or worse, undermining the authority of the rest of the
scientific community.
\"It used to be that a scientific breakthrough was taken seriously only
if it first appeared in a peer-reviewed journal. But in the race to grab
the spotlight, some companies are rushing to release information via
esoteric publications that have less-stringent criteria or in news
releases.\"
Read more about it at: wsj.com\"

Bibliometrics of electronic journals in information science

Bibliometrics of electronic journals in information science, by Donald T. Hawkins
Editor-in-Chief, Information Science Abstracts.

\"The bibliometric characteristics of electronic journals (e-journals) covering the field of information science have been studied. Twenty-eight e-journals were identified and ranked by number of articles on the subject they published. A Bradford plot revealed that the core is not well developed yet, but it will likely contain six journals. The publication of information science articles in e-journals began about 1990. In 1995 (the starting date for this study), a modest 26 articles appeared, but publication has now risen to approximately 250 articles per year. The most prolific authors are identified. The vast majority of them are located in the United States or United Kingdom.\"

Happy Birthday Weekly Reader

jen writes \"
The Weekley Reader turns 100.

100 years since its debut in an earlier guise, Weekly Reader has reached and shaped
children who went on to shape the world. To help celebrate its centennial, several famous names have responded to the Reader\'s request for testimonials on its impact on them as children. \"


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January 2002 issue of D-Lib

The January 2002 issue of D-Lib Magazine is out with some great articles on interoperability and digital preservation. The opinion piece on the role of the library in text encoding is close to my heart (or, more accurately, the heart of my library school thesis work!). I will be reading it over a cup of tea today.

War Between the Sexes is Over!

Lee Hadden writes:\" In a rare example of cooperation between magazines from different
publishers, Cosmopolitan (Hearst Corp) and Maxim (Dennis Publishing), got
together to create a new publishing alliance. They both have decided to run
articles in their March issues declaring the war between the sexes is over.
The two magazines hope the peace treaty, may also push the boundaries of
magazine publishing.
We will see if the media is the message.
Maxim, often called \"The Cosmo for Men,\" and Cosmopolitan (which is
not known as the \"Maxim for Women\"), both tend to place the opposite sex on
a pedestal, yet as an object of mystery to be figured out, rather than
simply ogled. Both are also renowned for their R-rated, come-hither cover
lines.
Read more about it in today\'s Wall Street Journal. \"Hey Babe, Your
Pages of Mine? How the First Encounter Unfolded: In Curious Editorial
Coupling, Cosmo, Maxim Magazines Declare War of the Sexes Over.\" By Matthew
Rose. Monday, January 14, pages B1 and B3.
See you at the front lines...\"

The big get bigger: Reed expected to merge with Wolters

Geoff Harder writes \"According to the Sunday January 6, 2002
edition of The Observer: \"Reed Elsevier, the Anglo-Dutch publisher, and Amsterdam-based rival Wolters Kluwer are expected to merge by the end of the year, according to investment bankers.\" A lot of power in the hands of a very few... The full story can be found Here.\"

Magazines For Sale... Literally

Lee Hadden writes: \" Primemedia wants to reduce its large debt obligation, so is planing to
sell the popular magazine, \"Modern Bride,\" for about $50 million. The title
has attracted interest from several publishers, including some competitors.
Also on the block are several other titles in the hunting and photography
titles. Many of these are very popular titles in public libraries.
Read more about it in today\'s Wall Street Journal, December 18, 2001,
page B6.
\"

Journal of Electronic Publishing

Someone passed along Journal of Electronic Publishing, a new journal [ok, so it\'s new to me, but it ain\'t so new] I wasn\'t aware of.

\"The Journal of Electronic Publishing is for the thoughtful forward-thinking publisher, librarian, scholar, or author -- in fact, anyone in this new business -- facing those challenges. We aim to range widely in our coverage, but the emphasis will be on the broader issues that should shape policy, and on professional, scientific or academic publishing, both books and journals.

JEP faces the same problems as any electronic publication, and we intend to make a virtue of that by using the Journal as a testbed to try ideas and to show to you, our readers, what happens when we do. We hope for successes, of course, but we will report on our failures, too.\"

Tired of Books for Dummies & Idiots, Author Creates Beleagured Novice Journal

Al Winchell may be onto something. After deciding he\'d had it with overpriced computer books \"written in computerese with 95 percent of its information relevant only to the beanie with spinner crowd, and so techie that much of the information was a potential intro to the Windows Blue Screen of Death,\" he decided to develop The GoodBoot Computing Journal,\" an ongoing publication for real computer users. According to the author, \"the Journal provides computer information written in King’s English. It has graphics that correspond with what one will actually see on their monitor. Each tutorial is presented in short bursts allowing one to master a technique quickly without having to miss a single golf outing.\" He provides more description in the article as well as subscription information. More

Democracy and Scientific Publishing

The Chronicle of Higher Ed. is reporting on a new site called faculty of 1000 that has 1,400 biologists who volunteered to rates the quality of scientific papers in the life sciences by essentially allowing them to vote on which papers they think are most interesting.
Full Story, and also check out The Faculty of 1000 Site.

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