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December 24, 2003

Merry Christmas!

:: A note to advise you that Geoff and I will not be posting again until January 5th. We are off work until that time, and would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, the best of the holiday season, and a very Happy New Year. Thank you very much for reading our weblog, we hope you will continue to do so in 2004! - Geoff and Randy

December 23, 2003

OUP and continuous online publication model

:: Back in August we posted about OUP's move towards experimenting with new online publishing model. A few more details have been released.

Oxford University Press is pleased to announce that Nucleic Acids Research (NAR) is adopting a continuous online publication model. The key aim of this new model is to ensure the fastest possible online publication time for accepted papers. The online version of the journal will be the definitive and final version, but a print version will continue to be available to print subscribers.

If your institution subscribes to NAR, you may be interested to know about the various implications for users of the journal. If so, please visit http://www3.oup.co.uk/nar/special/15/default.html for details. [via OUP Journals Library E-Mail Lis]

Yours faithfully

Claire Saxby
Journals Editorial Department
Oxford University Press

PLoS Biology -- December Issue Now Out

:: Vol 1(3) is here! Please let your friends and colleagues know that a new issue of PLoS Biology is up and running, and invite them to read it for free at http://www.plosbiology.org.

PLoS has just announced [last week] that individuals can become members of our organization. For a small donation (tax deductible in the US), you can be part of PLoS! For more information or to donate online, visit http://www.plos.org/support/ and click beneath "Become an Individual Member."

December 19, 2003

Engineering Information announces electronic backfile dating to 1884

:: Engineering Information, a division of Elsevier, has announced the forthcoming availability of the Engineering Index Backfile. As of December 2003, the backfile will be available exclusively via the Engineering Village 2 platform.

Backfile subscribers will have desktop access to a breadth and depth of engineering literature coverage never before available to aid in their research. The Engineering Index has been the premiere information source abstracting and indexing engineering literature for over a century and forms the foundation of Compendex®, the world's most widely accepted bibliographic database covering the engineering field. Each volume of the Engineering Index, dating from 1884 through 1969, will be digitized to comprise the complete backfile.

The Engineering Index Backfile contains close to 2 million records and references major engineering innovations pioneered throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Citations for articles on the first internal combustion engine, the foundations of aviation, telecommunications and computing are among the advances contained within the backfile.

December 18, 2003

NISO Publishes White Paper on Patents and Open Standards

:: The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has published a white paper on Patents and Open Standards by Priscilla Caplan, Assistant Director of the Florida Center for Library Automation. This white paper is a timely reminder to everyone involved in standards development of the relationship between standards, patents, and the policies of standards development organizations. Originally published as the feature article in the October 2003 issue of Information Standards Quarterly, NISO is making this important information available as a free electronic download from its website: http://www.niso.org/press/whitepapers/Patents_Caplan.pdf

The paper reviews some patent basics and then considers the following questions:
· What is an "open standard"?
· What are the policies of other standards setting organizations governing patented contributions to standards?
· What are the implications for NISO?

The paper concludes with an update from NISO on their recently adopted Patent Policy. (Via: Cynthia Hodgson at NISO.)

December 17, 2003

New Version of NetLibrary to Launch in January 2004

eBook News:

netLibrary 2004 is coming soon! Based on recent usability testing and customer feedback, we have re-engineered our site to provide you and your patrons with improved reliability, greater performance, a more intuitive interface, and non-English language capability. With literally hundreds of enhancements, netLibrary 2004 offers the tools and resources you need to enhance the services you provide existing patrons and reach out to non-native speakers, users with disabilities and more. [via Resource Shelf]

New Display Languages

As worldwide demand for eContent increases, more and more libraries are seeking to expand access and eliminate language barriers for non-English speakers. That's why the netLibrary interface is now available with a choice of display languages. Visitors to the site will be able to select a default language, choosing from English, Spanish, or Traditional Chinese, that offers full navigation and search capabilities in the selected language. netLibrary 2004 also features enhancements that will allow us to add additional language capability as new foreign language collections are added to the netLibrary catalog.

Performance Enhancements

netLibrary 2004 has been engineered to provide the highest levels of reliability and site performance. Our site now features new (.NET) technology that improves overall site performance and enhances stability. Plus, we've invested in new Web, search and authentication database servers to provide even greater stability and faster page loads. Using an index of more than 40 indicators, netLibrary has recorded gains as high as 80% in key performance areas such site navigation, page loads and searching.

New Look & Feel

Our new streamlined interface not only looks good, but it features 50% fewer graphics for faster page loads, and incorporates design elements that make it more accessible to users with disabilities. We've also made it easier for you to locate and view titles using our streamlined search interface. Now you can open eBooks directly through the search results page. Plus, we've consolidated bookmarks, notes and the eBookshelf in a single location to provide you with one-click access to all your favorite titles, notes and more. We've even added linked subjects in the Bibliographic Information to provide sideways searching for related titles within a subject.

Launches January 2004

netLibrary 2004 launches January 14. So make sure you take a few moments to view our online demonstration of new functionality and features available to you and your patrons.

December 16, 2003

Nat Hentoff Blasts the ALA

:: In the Village Voice, Nat Hentoff opines that the American Library Association has abandoned 10 independent librarians, jailed in Cuba, along with other opponents of the Castro government, for nonviolent political activities.

World's Largest Book Unveiled

:: Weighing in at 59 kg/113 pounds, and measuring 5 feet high and almost 7 feet long, Bhutan: A Visual Odyssey Across the Himalayan Kingdom, a 114-page picture book about the country of Bhutan, won't be fitting on any standard library shelves in the near future. The brainchild of MIT Computer Scientist Michael Hawley, 500 copies are being printed, to be sold at $10,000US each, with profits after cost going to tax-deductible Bhutan-related educational causes. The book evolved from four trips to Bhutan with a few MIT students. Photos from those four trips are available on this page: http://ark.media.mit.edu/.

This article from MIT News shows a copy of the book opened, with one of the subjects of the book standing at one end. More coverage in the NYTimes (free registration required), and photographs of the book are available at CNN.

BioMed Central launches BMC Medicine and BMC Biology

:: "BioMed Central launched a new pair of Open Access journals – BMC Medicine and BMC Biology – on 1 December. The journals compliment the 57 established specialist titles in the BMC journal series by providing a selective home for articles of broad interest within a large field or across fields.

BMC Biology publishes original research articles and methodology articles in any area of biology but with a focus on the biomedical sciences. BMC Medicine publishes original research articles, technical advances and study protocols in any area of medical science or clinical practice."

December 15, 2003

Ovid Opens Full-Text Journal Articles to Pay-Per-View Access

:: From InfoToday: "December 15, 2003 — Ovid, a leading online service for medical, health sciences, and pharmaceutical information, has announced a new PayPerView Service for the full text of medical journals. The service is designed to open access to nonsubscribers, both nonsubscribers to the journals via institutional library subscriptions and to Ovid itself. With the current ongoing rebellion by large libraries against “big deal” packages of online journal access (see “Cornell and Other University Libraries to Cancel Elsevier Titles,” http://www.infotoday.com/newsbreaks/nb031117-1.shtml), this approach by Ovid could help librarians building collections around high-use titles to offer clients a safety net service for access to unsubscribed journals. The Microsoft Office 2003 and PubMed connections let Ovid reach new markets not currently using its services. At present, only 339 of the over 900 journals in the Journals@Ovid full-text collection are available for PayPerView, but Ovid expects to expand that number quickly." - Barbara Quint

Full-text of article.

December 12, 2003

UK Parliamentary Committee to Investigate Pricing and Availability of Scholarly Journals

:: With an increasing academic backlash against yearly skyrocketing prices for scholary journals, a UK parliamentary science and technology committee is preparing to investigate the state of scientific publishing, in the new year.

    The committee will look at access to journals, with particular reference to price and availability.

    Specifically the committee will ask about the importance of open-access journals and whether the government should support the trend towards free scientific information. Such a move could spell disaster for Reed Elsevier. With their high margins, Reed's science and legal publishing operations are currently supporting its weaker business to business and education operations.

The press notice from the House of Commons was posted on STLQ on Dec 10, 2003.

MathSciNet Enhancements, Largest Known Prime Number Discovered

:: AMS has made some enhancements to MathSciNet, including multilingual interfaces.

:: Speaking of numbers, in case you missed it, the largest known prime number was recently discovered by a 26-year old chemical engineering student. The number is 220,996,011-1, and is 6,320,430 digits long. It is a "Mersenne prime", which takes the form, 2P-1

December 11, 2003

Cornell University Library cancels Elsevier journal package

:: http://www.news.cornell.edu/Chronicle/03/12.11.03/CUL_Elsevier.html

    "After several months of negotiations, Cornell University Library (CUL) administrators have decided not to renew CUL's subscription with publisher Reed Elsevier for a bundled package of more than 900 journals. Beginning in 2004 the library will subscribe to a smaller number of individual Elsevier titles. Library administrators cite an unsustainable pricing model, prohibitive selection options, and the financial impact on the library's ability to purchase other journals as reasons for its decision.

    Many key academic journals, especially in the sciences, are now owned by a small number of for-profit companies in Western Europe. The largest of these publishers is Reed Elsevier, which has a significant presence in North America and Europe. Last year a Morgan Stanley Report enthusiastically proclaimed that "scientific publishing [has been] the fastest-growing media sub-sector of the past 15 years." It has also become one of the most profitable. Part of the growing profits has been fueled by journal bundling, in which a publisher offers electronic access to all of its journals for the sum of previous individual subscription fees, plus a premium. Among librarians, this is known as the "big deal."

    In good times, the big deal is almost irresistible. Scholars love it because they have access to more content and librarians appreciate it because they can build comprehensive collections. But there is a drawback: Once a library signs up for the big deal, it is very hard to walk away and the subscription fees increase much faster than most library budgets. Publishers prohibit libraries from canceling (even duplicate subscriptions) as a prerequisite for remaining in the big deal, and they provide incentives for libraries to contract for the aggregation for three to five years.

    Once a library has licensed access to a bundle of journals, it can become even more costly to extricate itself from the agreement, as individual subscription prices increase substantially for the journals it retains after canceling the bundle. In addition, libraries run the risk of disappointing readers who have become dependent on access to a broad range of journals.

    Starting in 2004, CUL will opt out of Elsevier's bundled package of journals -- which comprises primarily science journals -- and return to title-by-title purchasing. "The big deal was an unsustainable model for Cornell," said University Librarian Sarah Thomas. "We were going to have to start canceling high-value journals from societies and nonprofit association publishers that we needed, in order to pay for Elsevier journals we didn't need, but couldn't cancel."

    In 2003, CUL's subscription included 930 online and print journals published by Elsevier. Although these titles represent less than 2 percent of the library's subscriptions, the contract with Elsevier for the bundle amounted to more than 20 percent of the library's journal subscription expenditures.

    Cornell is not alone in its decision this year. Harvard recently announced that it is reconsidering its big deal with Elsevier and other research libraries are following suit. Several well-respected researchers have called for a boycott of Cell Press journals (which are owned by Elsevier) since the University of California has been unable to negotiate for fair prices. (See http://walterlab.ucsf.edu/cell.html.) Columbia University is maintaining access to its Elsevier titles, but will be eliminating almost all print copies in favor of electronic journals only.

    After making the decision that Elsevier's terms for continuing access to the bundled package were not in the best interest of Cornell scholars, CUL now faces higher individual subscription fees for the journals it will retain. As a result, the library has had to cancel significant numbers of its Elsevier journals in order to reallocate its resources to pay the higher prices. However Ross Atkinson, CUL's associate university librarian for collections, noted that the library has been analyzing usage statistics for Elsevier titles for several years. "When the cost per use is calculated, it's clear that it hasn't been a wise use of our limited budget to subscribe to many of these titles," he said. "Our focus now is on canceling duplicate subscriptions and reducing the number of subscriptions to printed journals that we hold in electronic form."

    CUL also will cancel unique titles that are both expensive and receive little use. "Faculty members have been integral in helping us distinguish the journals that are essential to teaching and research from those that are of less importance," Atkinson said. The library remains committed, library administrators say, to obtaining access to information needed by Cornell students and faculty to meet teaching and research needs.

    The recent announcement about the library's position regarding Elsevier has inspired considerable debate on campus. The University Faculty Library Board plans to ask the Faculty Senate to consider the issue in a forthcoming session."

From: Cornell Chronicle, v35 n17, 11 Dec 2003, p8.

b/ITE, Hazardous Chemical Db

:: The latest issue (Nov/Dec 03) of b/ITE, the bulletin of the Information Technology Division of SLA, has appeared, and has a nifty section on RSS.

:: Two publications, Sittig's Handbook of Toxic and Hazardous Chemicals and Carcinogens, and International Resources Guide to Hazardous Chemicals, have been combined to create a new online product: Sittig's Hazardous Chemicals Database. The one downside is that it seems to be available on CD-ROM only. Cost is $395US until Dec 31, 2003, and $495US afterwards.

December 10, 2003

Wiley Electrical and Electronics Engineering Dictionary

"The newly released "Wiley Electrical and Electronics Engineering Dictionary" from Wiley-IEEE Press offers almost 900 pages of definitions for a vast array of electrical engineering terms and acronyms used in today's literature. This reference text is organized to present the desired information in the place it is first looked up. This invaluable resource may be ordered by visiting: http://www.wiley.com/remtitleinternational.cgi?isbn=0471402249"

House of Commons STL Access Inquiry

As posted to Liblicense-L:


Committee Office, House of Commons, No. 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA
Tel. Nos. 020 7219 2793-2794 (Fax. No. - 0896) email:

No. 3 of Session 2003-04, dated 10 December 2003

Scientific Publications

The Science and Technology Committee is to conduct an inquiry into
scientific publications.

The Committee will be looking at access to journals within the scientific
community, with particular reference to price and availability. It will be
asking what measures are being taken in government, the publishing
industry and academic institutions to ensure that researchers, teachers
and students have access to the publications they need in order to carry
out their work effectively. The inquiry will also examine the impact that
the current trend towards e-publishing may have on the integrity of
journals and the scientific process.

The Committee is inviting written evidence on the following points:

* What impact do publishers' current policies on pricing and provision of
scientific journals, particularly "big deal schemes", have on libraries
and the teaching and research communities they serve?

* What action should Government, academic institutions and publishers be
taking to promote a competitive market in scientific publications?

* What are the consequences of increasing numbers of open-access journals,
for example for the operation of the Research Assessment Exercise and
other selection processes? Should the Government support such a trend and,
if so, how?

* How effectively are the Legal Deposit Libraries making available
non-print scientific publications to the research community, and what
steps should they be taking in this respect?

* What impact will trends in academic journal publishing have on the risks
of scientific fraud and malpractice?

The Committee would welcome written evidence from interested organisations
and individuals addressing these points. Evidence should be submitted by
Thursday 12 February 2003. The oral evidence sessions will begin in March.

In announcing the inquiry, the Chairman of the Committee, Ian Gibson MP,
said "Journals are at the heart of the scientific process. Researchers,
teachers and students must have easy access to scientific publications at
a fair price. Scientific journals need to maintain their credibility and
integrity as they move into the age of e-publication. The Committee will
have some very tough questions for publishers, libraries and government on
these issues."

Evidence should be sent in hard copy to the Clerk of the Science and
Technology Committee, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA. Please send an
electronic version also, in Word format, via e-mail to
scitechcom@parliament.uk or on disk. Guidance on the submission of
evidence can be found at www.parliament.uk/commons/selcom/witguide.htm

Further information on the work of the Committee can be obtained from
Committee staff on 020 7219 2793/4.

Previous press notices and publications are available on the Committee's
internet homepage:

Notes for Editors

* Under the terms of Standing Order No. 152 the Committee is empowered to
examine the Aexpenditure, policy and administration of the Office of
Science and Technology and its associated public bodies@. The Committee
was appointed on 12 November 2001.

National Agricultural Library upgrades AGRICOLA Online Public Catalog

:: "BELTSVILLE, Md., December 8, 2003 – The National Agricultural Library (NAL) has released a significant upgrade to its Web-based AGRICOLA catalog of records for the materials in its collection. The new version of AGRICOLA provides improved access--many new search and retrieval capabilities, with daily updates--to over 4 million bibliographic records, the world’s largest compilation of agricultural information." (via Peter Scott's Library Blog.)

"The new AGRICOLA catalog, which replaces AGRICOLA98, is one of several modules implemented in NAL’s migration to Endeavor’s Voyager library system. In addition to a search and retrieval engine for AGRICOLA, the new Voyager system supports NAL’s acquisitions, serials control, cataloging, indexing, and circulation operations.

Other features of NAL’s new AGRICOLA catalog include:

    Users may search the catalog of books, journals and non-print items; search the catalog of article records for the journals indexed; or search the two catalog databases combined.

    Users may choose either to display results of searches, or to e-mail the search-results to themselves.

    Hotlinks enable users to obtain the full text of resources, where available electronically.

Future enhancements to the new AGRICOLA will include user-initiated requests for patrons who have document delivery and borrowing privileges. The National Agricultural Library and Endeavor are working with Relais International to develop a fully electronic request and delivery management system linked to the AGRICOLA bibliographic and holdings records. NAL plans to implement the document delivery system in late spring 2004 (www.nal.usda.gov/spevents/relais.html).

Access to the new AGRICOLA online public catalog is through agricola.nal.usda.gov. Users visiting the former AGRICOLA98 address will be automatically redirected to the new location.

The National Agricultural Library, located in Beltsville, Md., is part of the Agricultural Research Service, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chief scientific research agency. NAL is one of four U.S. national libraries, and is known for an expert staff, extensive AGRICOLA bibliographic database, leadership in information services and technology applications, and strong collections in agriculture and related sciences."

December 9, 2003

CSA Hot Topics

:: Cambridge Scientific Abstracts produces monthly Hot Topics, which they describe as "Comprehensive information on current issues with an overview of the subject, key citations with abstracts, and links to web sites." The two most recent Hot Topics are the Columbia Shuttle Tragedy and Dimethylsulfide Emission: Climate Control by Marine Algae?

December 8, 2003

Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, 84th ed - Review of the online version

Courtesy of Dana Roth at CalTech, a review of the new online version of the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics:

    - Substance search has 5 pre-selected search fields: name (with left/right truncation), MF (Hill order), CAS RN, common formula (e.g. NaCl), and/or MW (value or range*). Each value has a pull down menu (=,>,<, etc.) and a linked 'hints' file.
    - Increase in number of interactive tables from 46 to 63. Once the data is displayed, additional options are available (sort, display structure, export table to Excel, etc.)
    - Improved table manipulation - access speeds improved, left-hand column lockable for easier viewing
As a reminder, the 84th edition, both print and web versions, include the following important additions:
    - Completely revised, reformatted and enhanced Physical Constants of Organic Compounds table. The 11,000 compounds have been selected on the basis of their importance in research, teaching, industrial applications, and health/safety considerations. Structure diagrams have been redrawn and physical constant values have been updated with results from recent literature.
    - Chemical carcinogens - are now with updated data from the recent NTP 10th Report on Carcinogens
    - Critical Constants table - expanded and updated values of Tc, Pc and Vc, as well as Tb for 858 fluids. These parameters are widely used as input to various estimation schemes. Literature references have been added.
    - Other refinements and new topics include: Properties of Refrigerants, Fermi Energy and Related Properties of Metals, Flame and Bead tests, Density of ethanol-water mixtures, Interstellar Molecules, Directory of Physical and Chemical Data Sources, Ionization Potentials of Atoms and Neutron Cross Sections.
*In a search for compounds with a particular MW range, entries appear on the hit list even though the table in the entry does not have a column for molecular weight. This is because a search on a MW range first retrieves all compounds with MW in that range. The hit list that is generated then includes all tables in which one of those compounds appears, regardless of whether there is an MW column in the table. The intention here is to allow Boolean searches in which MW is one of the parameters.

As a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, I would very much appreciate your suggestions regarding "desired features and functionality" as well as any other concerns about its content and functionality.

For those of you with access to the web version, please contact the CRC helpdesk directly if you experience any access problems.

Dana L. Roth
Millikan Library / Caltech 1-32
1200 E. California Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91125
626-395-6423 fax 626-792-7540


Our thanks to Dana for submitting this review for STLQ.

December 5, 2003

Max Planck Research Awards 2003 Presented

:: "As part of the efforts to promote international cooperation in science, the Max Planck Society and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation presented the Max Planck Research Award for 2003 on November 26, 2003 at 5:30 PM to 12 scientists and researchers in an award ceremony at Harnack-Haus in Berlin-Dahlem. Each award is endowed with EUR 125,000 and gives highly qualified German and foreign scientists and researchers the opportunity to initiate, deepen, or expand mutual projects with the goal of achieving maximum scientific performance on the international scene."

Search Engine Decoder

:: Search-This has an interesting page called the Search Engine Decoder. Choose from 19 search engines, and the decoder tells you supplies and receives primary, secondary, directory and paid results.

December 3, 2003

Dialog Announces New Web Service to Facilitate Content Integration for Web Sites, Enterprise Networks

"CARY, N.C., USA (December 1, 2003) — Dialog, a Thomson (NYSE: TOC; TSX: TOC) business and a leading worldwide provider of online-based information services and integrated information solutions, today announced the launch of its Dialog Application Programming Interface (API), a Web Service that enables Dialog’s extensive content collection and renowned search engine to be integrated transparently into Web sites, enterprise portals, corporate intranets and extranets, software applications and other interactive services."

Read the full press release here.


The latest issue of Open Access Now is now available online. From the very interesting article Fingerprinting the Literature...

Grivell likes to think of E-BioSci as a discovery tool, and he emphasizes the differences between E-BioSci and more conventional bibliographic service such as Entrez-PubMed (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/PubMed). "PubMed simply indexes everything. When you do a search you are actually looking up an entry in the index and that points you to a number of abstracts," explains Grivell. Of course, one can do more advanced searches using several keywords and Boolean terms (such as 'AND' and 'NOT'). "But every term is equally weighted and it's black and white - it's there or it's not there," says Grivell. "We deliberately took a different approach. Here, the concepts are derived from the article itself. We take out the words and use them to generate the fingerprint that forms the basis of the search. The search process itself is very interactive. The user can look at the fingerprint and modify the weight given to each concept. In that way you can change the focus or sharpen a search. You may end up with something that is similar to that which conventional searches produce, but there are always the additional unexpected results in there, which people may have missed."

AIP’s ScitationSM Links Scholars and Publishers to Online Services

“London, UK, December 2, 2003 - AIP Publishing Services today announced a new name for its online hosting platform. The new name, “ScitationSM,” will replace Online Journal Publishing Service (OJPS), as the service has been known since 1996. Scitation will launch in January 2004.

According to Marc H. Brodsky, AIP’s Executive Director and CEO, “The name Scitation conveys three important messages. First, it stresses the platform's strength in science and engineering. Second, it reinforces AIP's leadership in citation reference linking, both forward and backward. Finally, it signals the breadth and timeliness of online products and services that we develop and host beyond journals. Scitation will better communicate our services to the broader scholarly community.” “Since our days as a pioneer in online journal hosting, our publishing partners have experienced continuous improvements in quality and functionality,” added Frank Perugini, AIP’s Director of Online Services. “They value our first-hand publishing knowledge, our flexibility, our responsiveness. The new name combined with a simpler user interface and a suite of enhancements will expand awareness of our online platform.”

These enhancements will allow researchers to personalize their Scitation experience. They will be able to:

    Create, store, and manage individual collections of articles through a virtual filing cabinet;
    Easily share article collections with colleagues;
    Download properly formatted reference citations into popular reference management programs;
    View a list of publications to which they have access, whether through their institutional or personal subscriptions;
    Add favorite publications to a personal start page, which includes dynamic links to the current issues and publication archives;
    and Quickly find relevant articles through better search features.
AIP Publishing Services will continue to provide Scitation publishers with a range of capabilities, including robust e-commerce facilities, support for varied business models, the ability to build digital storefronts, and industry-leading reference linking services. AIP Publishing Services (www.aipservices.org) is a division of the American Institute of Physics (www.aip.org), a not-for-profit corporation chartered in 1931 to provide publishing and distribution services for scientific and technical societies. Its online publishing platform currently hosts over 550,000 articles from 114 scholarly publications for 18 learned society publishers, in fields including physics, chemistry, geology, engineering, acoustics, and other sciences.

For additional information, contact:

Carol Meyer

Maxwell Publishing Consultants
Phone: +1 781 729 6271
Mobile: +1 781 820 8528
Fax: +1 781 729 2676
For background information, please see:

http://www.aipservices.org http://scitation.aip.org

December 2, 2003

Open Access Under Attack

:: The commercial sector seems to be concerned about open access, and has published recent articles attacking it. Last week Jan Velterop of Biomed Central, in a message to the Reed Elsevier Customers list, pointed out an article in IMI Insights (http://www.epsltd.com/clients/viewIMI.asp?imiID=49) -- open to subscribers only -- in which Arie Jongejan of Elsevier exposes what he called "myths" of open access. Velterop gives a cogent response in his message to that list.

This week, Lancet (published by Elsevier) has an article by Wiley vice-president Brian Crawford, who claims that science could be weakened by open access: "The primary weakness inherent in open-access models is that they are based on authors paying for publication. As a result, science will either have a less effective filter, or will require the introduction of new post-publication filtering mechanisms." The issue also has a defense of open access by Biomed Central's Pritpal Tamber.

See http://www.thelancet.com/journal/vol362/iss9395/contents -- scroll down to "Series". (Access to these articles is free, but it requires registration, which takes a couple of minutes).

NOTE: The above posting care of Bob Michaelson, Northwestern University Library. Thanks, Bob.

ACRL STS Research Forum -- Orlando 2004

:: The ACRL Science and Technology Section's (STS) Research Committee invites submission of abstracts of research papers to be given at the STS Forum for Science & Technology Library Research in Orlando at the ALA Annual Conference, June 2004.

The Research Forum provides an excellent opportunity to share recent research addressing issues in science and technology librarianship in its broadest sense. Two proposals will be selected through a blind review process on the basis of timeliness, evidence of scholarship, and relevance to science and technology librarianship.

ABSTRACT: An abstract not exceeding 250 words should convey the title and purpose of the project, its scope, methodology, conclusions, and relevance to science and technology librarianship. Priority will be given to papers that indicate research analyses, either quantitative or qualitative.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS: December 15th, 2003. Papers will be selected at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in San Diego by the STS Research Committee.

PAPERS: Acceptance of proposals reflects a commitment by the author(s) to provide presentations of no longer than 30 minutes at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando.

SUBMISSIONS: Abstracts should be submitted via e-mail to , Co-Chair of the STS Research Committee. Be sure to include your name, institution, phone, fax, and e-mail address.

--STS Research Committee

December 1, 2003

Inspec Archive Grows, New Coverage Offered

:: Barbara Quint reports in Infotoday that Inspec will extend its archive from 1968 back to 1898. The XML file will be made available to purchase in Spring of 2004. In addition, Inspec is launching Section E of the database, called Manufacturing and Production Engineering. BTW, Inspec is an abbreviation for "Information Services for the Physics and Engineering Communities."

Neurobiology of Lipids - Peer-reviewed, Open Access

:: Neurobiology of Lipids is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal, published out of Moscow. More information is available here. The editorial board has 32 members, and one can link to each member's articles as indexed in PubMed.

:: Today's homepage comes from the University of Minnesota's Science & Engineering Library - Sciweb.