Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Tuesday, November 18, 2003
Blog 702 led me to Science Direct, which calls itself "The Digital Library of the Future"
and states on its home page: "Welcome to the world's best resource for research journals, abstract databases and reference works." See Blog 702 for more info.
Library Journal Acquisitions - Rising Costs
As noted at the Information Today article by by Paula J. Hane at Cornell and Other University Libraries to Cancel Elsevier Titles, the increasing cost of professional journals is leading universities to reconsider their library spending policies.
More about this issue can also be read about at the following sites:
"Issues in Scholarly Communication" - Cornell University
Association of Research Libraries
Journals Cost Update - Yale University Science Libraries
Crisis in Scholarly Communication - Iowa State University
Outlook Online - Ohio University
VCU - Virginia Commonwealth University
University of Texas - at Austin, General Libraries
Data and Statistics - Boston College
Issues in Scholarly Publishing - Stanford University School of Medicine
Crisis in Scholarly Communication - Ohio State University
The cost problems discussed at those links are leading to new unique solutions, e.g.:
DOAJ - Directory of Open Access Journals
Budapest Open Access Initiative
SPARC - The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition
Wednesday, November 12, 2003
A reference to The Public Library of Science is found at Tax & Business Law Commentary, a blog by Stuart Levine.
As related at the Public Library of Science site:
"The Public Library of Science (PLoS) is a non-profit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a freely available public resource."
As Levine writes:
"This organization will publish on-line journals containing referred papers concerning various aspects of scientific research. Access to the journals will be free and open to the public. It is hoped that the effort will spawn a host of competing publications that will replace the subscription based system currently in place for the publication of scientific papers. The costs of those subscriptions significantly limits the access of researchers, particularly in poorer countries, to research material."
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