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  • To: epc@iucr.org
  • Subject: ICSTI: news items
  • From: Pete Strickland <ps@iucr.org>
  • Date: Wed, 6 Apr 2005 15:00:16 +0100
  • Organization: IUCr
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Subject: International Science Policy
Date: Monday 04 April 2005 5:42 pm
From: wendy warr <wendy.warr@gmail.com>
To: ICSTI_MEMBERS-L@DTIC.MIL

I have been sent this which might be of interest to some of you:

"AAAS is considering developing a web site that would serve as a
portal for a range of international science policy issues.  To assist
in our planning, it would be very helpful if you could let us know
more about your needs and interests by completing a short
questionnaire  at www.aaas.org/science/policy_survey/

It shouldn't take you more than a couple of minutes.

Thanks very much for your help!

Shere Abbott

AAAS Chief International Officer"

Wendy
--
Dr. Wendy A. Warr
Wendy Warr & Associates
6 Berwick Court, Holmes Chapel
Cheshire, CW4 7HZ, England
wendy@warr.com http://www.warr.com


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Subject: Fwd: Study released on electronic publishing
Date: Thursday 24 March 2005 9:46 am
From: Barry Mahon <barry.mahon@IOL.IE>
To: ICSTI-L@DTIC.MIL

Hello,

I haven't yet read this study but the summary seems to indicate fairly obvious 
results, such as reasearchers want online access as soon as possible and 
don't care if there is no printed version.

Bye, Barry

"I wanted to share with you a summary of the results from a study The
Science Advisory Board (http://www.scienceboard.net) just released on
electronic publishing. I've included a blurb about it below and would
be interested in any feedback or comments you might have regarding
the findings.

Thanks,
Tamara

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The desire to publish one's research cuts across all scientific
fields. Whatever the recipe for one's motivations: 1 teaspoon
promotion, 3/4 cup tenure, 2 tablespoons salary, 1/4 cup
communication, and a dash of enlightenment, researchers primarily
rely on specialty journals to accomplish their publication goals. And
in a relatively recent trend, they are increasingly turning toward
online versions of specialty print journals to accelerate the
publication process. This concentration by discipline coincides with
the observation that while Nature, Science and Proceedings of the
National Academy of Science enjoy widespread readership, researchers
primarily read journals that focus on their narrow area of research.

In an electronic journals study of more than 1,900 scientific and
medical researchers, The Science Advisory Board found that
researcher's assign greater value to online journals that directly
aid in their career advancement.The primary attraction of the online
versions of print journals is their immediacy: an overwhelming 88% of
researchers want peer-reviewed articles posted online before the
print version appears.

Although a newer format, the future of the online versions of print
journals appears to be secure. In fact, roughly 25% of the
researchers indicated that it was "not at all" important to receive
the print edition of a journal if they have access to the online
version. Additionally, increasing use of online resources in recent
years has lessened the importance of promoting new online journals in
paper journals; instead, respondents typically learn about new
journals through references in other articles or by searching the
Internet for articles on a certain topic.

While there appears to be increasing acceptance of the online
versions of print journals by the scientific and medical communities,
researchers indicated that the specific features unique to online
journals can potentially be improved. Overall, 50% of researchers are
highly satisfied with the additional information and search features
of online journals. In contrast, 75% of researchers are highly
satisfied with the content of online journals.

Notwithstanding their affinity for electronic publishing, scientists
and clinicians do not want cost to constrain their ability to publish
papers or review others' work. Researchers indicated that fees
related to these services should be nominal (less than $5/page). This
value-consciousness influences scientists' opinions regarding the
open access publishing system where there was a negative bias towards
authors' fees. However despite these objections, fees are not a key
determinant for authors when deciding where to submit their papers.
This perception also holds true for how they access information. For
instance, the acceptance of pay-per-view is growing-from 4% of
researchers in a 2001 electronic journals study to 18% in this study.

--
Tamara Zemlo, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Executive Director
******************************************************
The Science Advisory Board
2111 Wilson Boulevard
Suite 250
Arlington, VA 22201
TEL: (703) 778-3080 x 25
FAX: (703) 778-3081
t.zemlo@scienceboard.net
http://www.scienceboard.net
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Subject: Article about Google
Date: Tuesday 05 April 2005 12:17 pm
From: Barry Mahon <barry.mahon@IOL.IE>
To: ICSTI-L@DTIC.MIL

Here:http://www.guardian.co.uk/online/news/0,12597,1451093,00.html

there is a feature item about Google and its history. An extract -

"In terms of future growth, Google has been churning out ideas and imaginative 
developments faster than seems feasible for a publicly listed corporation. 
Does it not have the management structures in place that so often put a check 
on such frenzied creativity? It seems not (or such is the power of the story 
that the brand has created around itself). So now we have the realistic 
prospect of the world's greatest libraries being instantly available online, 
of any published book being brought up as an extract on your computer screen 
to see whether you would like to buy it. Of its own email system (done) or 
its own internet phone system (coming). And much, much more.

This might make Google seem, in prospect at least, a Goliath in its own right. 
But for the time being we're prepared to trust its new-age roots enough to go 
along with it as the loveable new kid on the block. Neil Taylor compares it 
to a swan, calm and graceful on the outside, while underneath its feet are 
paddling furiously. The reason for the furious paddling is the predatory 
Microsoft. How will Google fare? Will it be able to use its brand principles 
within its new corporate status? Given the pace of change in this area, we 
won't have to wait decades to find out"


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Best wishes

Peter Strickland
Managing Editor
IUCr Journals

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