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In September this year, many scientists could stop sending in papers to journals and refuse to renew subscriptions to them in support of a plan to create a huge Public Library of Science on the internet. Two new stories.Publish Free or Perish from Scientific American.
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.
The boycotters want publishers to place their content in independent repositories on the Web six months after a journal issue has appeared in print.
\"\"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.\"
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.”
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\'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
those areas. -- Read More
Lois Fundis writes \" The New York
Times has a 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\".
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!
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.