Results tagged “journals” from SciTechNews

Cell Press wins "Article of the Future" Award

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 "Cell Press wins PROSE Award for Article of the Future - 09 Feb 2011

Cell Press, an imprint of STM publisher Elsevier, has announced that 'Article of the Future' is the recipient of this year's PROSE Award for Excellence in Biological and Life Sciences, presented by the Professional and Scholarly Publishing (PSP) Division of the Association of American Publishers (AAP).

In January 2010, Cell Press launched a new format for the online presentation of research articles that breaks free from the restraints of hardcopy - 'Article of the Future'. This new, more integrated and linked article format, allows each reader to create a personalised path through the article's content based on his or her own interests and needs.

This year's winners were determined by a distinguished panel of 16 PROSE judges, out of a record-breaking 491 entries - more than ever before in its 35-year history - from more than 60 professional and scholarly publishers across the country.

Developed in collaboration with authors and readers, 'Article of the Future' reflects Elsevier's and Cell Press' ongoing commitment to evolve the concept of a scientific publication in conjunction with the development of new technologies and functionalities."

source:   Knowledgespeak Newsletter, Feb. 9, 2011

" Study of Open Access Publishing project presents findings of two-year EC funded study on OA publishing - 17 Jan 2011

The SOAP (Study of Open Access Publishing) project presented the results of its two-year European Commission (EU) funded examination of open access publishing at an open symposium on January 13, 2011, in Berlin, Germany. Over the two-year study duration, the SOAP project performed a comprehensive study of open access journals, publishers and business models, including analysis of publishing houses, learned societies and licensing along with the overall supply and demand for open access.

The study surveyed over 50,000 researchers for their opinions on open-access journals, which make all their papers freely available online and usually charge authors a fee for each published paper. According to the study, while scientists like open-access papers as readers, as authors, they are still skeptical. The study found overwhelming support for the concept, with 89 percent of respondents stating that open access is beneficial to their field. However, this support did not always translate into action, the study noted. While 53 percent of respondents said they had published at least one open-access article, overall only about 10 percent of papers are published in open access journals.

The study found two main reasons as to why researchers do not submit their work to open-access journals. About 40 percent said that a lack of funding for author fees was a deterrent, while 30 percent cited a lack of high-quality open-access journals in their field.

Requiring authors to make sure the results of their work are freely available has reportedly had only partial success. Robert Kiley, head of digital services at the Wellcome Trust's Wellcome Library in London, said at the symposium that open-access rates had risen from 12 percent to 50 percent since the funder began requiring its grantees to publish in open-access journals or deposit their papers in a freely available repository. However, Kiley acknowledged that Wellcome Trust had not imposed sanctions on researchers who failed to comply.

The study also makes it clear that open-access journals are proliferating, especially among small publishers. It was observed that one-third of open-access papers were published by the more than 1600 open-access publishers that publish only a single journal. The study also identified 14 'large publishers' that publish either more than 50 journals or more than 1000 articles per year. The group accounts for roughly one-third of open-access publications, the study noted."

Source:  Knowledgespeak Newsletter, 1/17/11

BMC Biology + Journal of Biology = BMC Biology

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"BMC Biology and Journal of Biology are joining forces as a single journal committed to the publication of high-quality commissioned content and research articles of exceptional
importance. The combined journal will operate under the name BMC Biology, reflecting the strong relationship with the subject-specific BMC-series journals, and will be edited by Miranda Robertson, who explains in an inaugural editorial how she sees the fusion combining the strengths of both journals, with continuation of the re-review opt-out experiment initiated by Journal of Biology."

Read more at the BioMed Central Blog.

Source: Info@Biomedcentral.com

Springer Journals -- Princeton Univ. has access to all!

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If the journal is not (yet) listed in the Online Catalog or the E-Journals listing,  go to the Springer website, and you should have access via the Princeton IP addresses.

http://www.springerlink.com/journals/

WorldCat, world's largest book catalog, now lists JSTOR articles!

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"JSTOR now indexed in WorldCat.org - 18 Jan 2010

Authenticated scholars and researchers with online access to full-text content in JSTOR can now locate and connect to articles through WorldCat.org. JSTOR is a preservation archive and research platform for the academic community.

Over 4.5 million JSTOR article-level records from more than 1,000 journals, selected monographs, and other scholarly content are now indexed in WorldCat.org, the Web destination for discovery of materials in libraries worldwide. JSTOR records are delivered in WorldCat.org search results. Scholars and researchers using WorldCat.org can now identify content in JSTOR and connect to the full-text using the authorisation provided by their library.

WorldCat.org is a Web destination with search and social networking features that allow information seekers to discover, localise, and personalise content from local collections and those of more than 10,000 WorldCat libraries worldwide. WorldCat.org indexing of JSTOR metadata helps researchers easily identify resources in the collection alongside other materials relevant to their work. An authorization is required for access to full-text materials in JSTOR.

WorldCat claims to be the world’s largest database of bibliographic information built continuously by libraries around the world since 1971. Each record in the WorldCat database contains a bibliographic description of a single item or work and a list of institutions that hold the item. The institutions share these records, using them to create local catalogs, arrange interlibrary loans and conduct reference work. There are now more than 165 million records in WorldCat spanning five millennia of recorded knowledge. Like the knowledge it describes, WorldCat grows steadily. Every second, OCLC and its member libraries add seven records to WorldCat."

Source:  Knowledgespeak Newsletter.

Portico Archive now holds 10 million articles

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US Ten million journal articles preserved within Portico archive - 06 Feb 2009

"Non-profit electronic archiving service provider Portico, US, has announced that more than 10 million journal articles are preserved within the Portico archive. Launched in 2005 with support from JSTOR, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Ithaka, and the Library of Congress, Portico provides a permanent archive of scholarly literature published in electronic form.

The Portico archive is supported by both publishers and libraries and is increasingly central to the digital preservation and permanent access strategies of institutions around the world.

The growth of the archive underscores the importance of preservation archives in facilitating a secure transition from print to electronic collections. At the close of 2008, 68 publishers producing journals and e-books on behalf of hundreds of scholarly societies participated in Portico and have entrusted over 8,200 journal titles and 4,600 e-books to the archive. Libraries from the global community have been equally supportive of Portico with nearly 500 current participants from 13 countries.

Click here"

Source:  Knowledgespeak Newsletter

Free service collects tables of content

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RI Newsline - Issue 24 - December 2008

Research Information [mail@europascience.com]

17 December 2008

"A new free service makes it easier to keep up-to-date with scholarly journals.ticTOCs  - Journal Tables of Contents Service provides access to the most recent tables of contents of over 11,000 scholarly journals from more than 400 publishers.  It helps scholars, researchers, academics and anyone else keep up-to-date with what’s being published in the most recent issues of journals on almost any subject. "

This is funded and developed by a coalition of academic institutions,organizations, and publishers.

For more information:  http://www.researchinformation.info/news/news_story.php?news_id=418

Open Access Day, 1st International -- October 14, 2008

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Open Access Day October 14 is Open Access Day
The first international Open Access Day will be held next week on Tuesday, 14 October. Founded by SPARC, Students for FreeCulture, and the Public Library of Science, the aim is to broaden awareness and understanding of open access.

 

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Open Access Directory

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Open Access Directory: A wiki to organize information about the open access movement

 
Boston, April 30, 2008.  Peter Suber and Robin Peek have launched the Open Access Directory (OAD), a wiki where the open access community can create and maintain simple factual lists about open access to science and scholarship. Suber, a Research Professor of Philosophy at Earlham College, and Peek, an Associate Professor of Library and Information Science at Simmons College, conceived the project in order to collect OA-related lists for one-stop reference and searching. 

 
The wiki will start operating with about half a dozen lists --for example, conferences devoted to open access, discussion forums devoted to open access, and journal "declarations of independence"-- and add more over time. 

 
The goal is to harness the knowledge and energy of the open access community itself to enlarge and correct the lists. A list on a wiki, revised continuously by its users, can be more comprehensive and up to date than the same list maintained by an individual. By bringing many OA-related lists together in one place, OAD will make it easier for users, especially newcomers, to discover them and use them for reference. The easier they are to maintain and discover, the more effectively they can spread useful, accurate information about open access. 

 
The URL for the Open Access Directory is http://oad.simmons.edu

 
To contact us, email Athanasia Pontika, the Assistant Editor (OAD.contact@gmail.com), or the Editorial Board (OAD.editors@gmail.com).

 
The wiki is represented by an editorial board consisting of prominent figures in the open access movement. The Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at Simmons College hosts and provides technical support to the OAD.

Source:  Patty Gaspari-Bridges & ScholComm, a listserv of the American Library Association

Rockefeller University Press subscribes to Creative Commons

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"Authors of papers published in Rockefeller University Press journals (The Journal of Cell Biology, The Journal of Experimental Medicine, or The Journal of General Physiology) now retain copyright to their published work. This permits authors to reuse their own work in any way, as long as they attribute it to the original publication. Third parties may use our published materials under a Creative Commons license, six months after publication. "  (Intro to Editorial)

"Rockefeller University Press has just announced that it will follow a 
Creative Commons license for its journals.   An explanatory editorial 
by the executive editor of The Journal of Cell Biology and the 
executive director of the press is online at:
http://www.jcb.org/cgi/content/full/jcb.200804037  "

Ray English
Director of Libraries
Oberlin College

 

British Library owns world's largest research collection

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British Library Direct is a reissue of British Library Inside.

You can search the latest 5 years of the 20,000 journals in the British Library's collection for free via British Library Direct   You can register, order articles directly and pay by credit card.   However, as long as you are connected with Princeton University, the Library will obtain anything/everything needed at no charge -- through our Document Delivery Service and Interlibrary Loan.

A disadvantage of this database is that there are no links to Princeton holdings, but many articles are freely available.  For example, an advanced search on "fuel cells"  (in title) yielded a total  of 3199, and 1708 are immediately available (free).    The emphasis is on science & technology.

About British Library Direct  Something to keep in mind when/if you are unaffiliated with academia!

British Library Direct Plus is a subscription-based service with 67,000 titles and goes back to the 1940's.

Introducing New Series & Databases in Science & Technology

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Welcome to a resource for announcing new -- and improved -- series, databases and  search engines -- all dealing especially with STM (scientific, technological and medical) resources and publications.  New journals, especially multi-  and interdisciplinary titles, are being created at a steady pace it seems, and opportunities to publish in Open Access (OA) modes are also increasing.  With databases and search engines such as WorldCat and Google Scholar creating access across multiple publishers and vendors I wanted to make note of specific new titles.  Also reported here will be inprovements to existing databases and search engines.  Many journal changes will be reported, but not all.

Please make comments, ask questions, or start discussions.  You may also utilize this blog to make comments to the Science Library on holdings or subscriptions, and the notion of Open Access.

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