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ICSTI: news items

  • To: epc@iucr.org
  • Subject: ICSTI: news items
  • From: Pete Strickland <ps@iucr.org>
  • Date: Mon, 9 May 2005 09:11:26 +0100
  • Organization: IUCr


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Subject: Economics of scientific and biomedical journals
Date: Saturday 30 April 2005 1:31 pm
From: Barry Mahon <barry.mahon@IOL.IE>
To: ICSTI-L@DTIC.MIL

 From Current Cites;

Abstract:

The emergence of e–journals brought a great change in scholarly communication 
and in the behavior of scholars. However, the importance of scholars’ 
behavior in the pricing of scientific journal has been largely ignored in the 
recent debate between libraries and publishers over site license practices 
and pricing schemes. Stanford’s survey results indicate that sharply 
increasing costs are the main reason for individual subscription 
cancellation, driving users to rely on library or other institutional 
subscriptions. Libraries continue to be a vital information provider in the 
electronic era and their bargaining power in the market and the importance of 
roles in scholarly communication will be increased by branding and a strong 
relationship with users. Publishers’ strategy for thriving in the electronic 
era is not to lose personal subscribers. Cooperation among the three sectors 
— scholars, libraries, and publishers — promises optimal results for each 
sector more th!
 an ever.


<URL: http://www.firstmonday.org/issues/issue10_3/jeon/ >


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Subject: ACS broadens access to its journals
Date: Saturday 30 April 2005 1:31 pm
From: Barry Mahon <barry.mahon@IOL.IE>
To: ICSTI-L@DTIC.MIL

The American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific
society, is broadening access to research articles published in its 33
scholarly journals. The Society is introducing two new experimental
policies that define how readers can view free digital versions of ACS
articles beginning one year after publication.

First, in response to public access guidelines recently released by
the NIH, the ACS will post, for public accessibility 12 months after
publication, the peer-reviewed version of authors' manuscripts on the
National Library of Medicine's PubMed Central during 2005. The NIH
policy encourages authors whose work it funds to submit their
peer-reviewed manuscripts to PubMed Central, the agency's free digital
archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature.

the rest of the information is at:-

http://acsinfo.acs.org/pressrelease/article_access.html


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Subject: Goobledegook..... plain English please!
Date: Wednesday 04 May 2005 9:33 am
From: Barry Mahon <barry.mahon@IOL.IE>
To: ICSTI-L@DTIC.MIL

This is a message about an additional feature in OAI-PMH - as far as I can 
make out.

Life is hard enough without trying to decipher what it actually says.....

I'd welcome any views on what it means.....[note the phrase 'simple and clear 
semantics']

Bye, Barry

"We are pleased to announce the release of guidelines for conveying rights
expressions about metadata in the OAI-PMH framework:
  http://www.openarchives.org/OAI/2.0/guidelines-rights.htm

The guidelines specify a mechanism for including rights expressions that
pertain to the contents of the <metadata> parts of records in OAI-PMH
responses. No new rights expression language has been created. Instead,
the specification provides a mechanism to include existing and future XML
rights expressions. Description of rights expressions associated with set
and repository aggregations is supported through manifests of rights
expressions in set and repository descriptions. The design has been guided
by the need for simple and clear semantics that will allow
service-providers to make harvesting and use decisions based on these
rights expressions.

The guidelines were developed by the OAI-rights effort initiated in
collaboration with project RoMEO, and have benefited from the broad
experience of a number of contributors:
http://www.openarchives.org/OAI/2.0/guidelines-rights.htm#acknowledgements"


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Subject: Apropos Carol Tenopir presentations - data on users patterns of 
search and usage.
Date: Wednesday 04 May 2005 3:26 pm
From: Barry Mahon <barry.mahon@IOL.IE>
To: ICSTI-L@DTIC.MIL

In addition to Fred Wood's excellent summary, those of you in need of 
justifications for your budgets might like to view Carol's latest set of 
slides from the AAAS Forum on Science and Technology Policy (Washington, 
D.C., April 21-22) - which are at:-

http://www.aaas.org/spp/rd/forum05tenopir.pdf


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Best wishes

Peter Strickland
Managing Editor
IUCr Journals

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