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Electronic Scientific, Technical, and Medical Journal Publishing and Its Implications: Report of a Symposium

:: The Symposium on Electronic Scientific, Technical and Medical Journal Publishing and Its Implications was held on 19-20 May 2003, at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington DC. The conference papers, Electronic Scientific, Technical, and Medical Journal Publishing and Its Implications: Report of a Symposium, are now available from National Academy Press. The publication can be read online at no charge. From pviii of the Preface:

The symposium brought together experts in STM publishing, both producers and users of these publications, to: 1. identify the recent technical changes in publishing, and other factors, that influence the decisions of journal publishers to produce journals electronically; 2. identify the needs of the scientific, engineering, and medical community as users of journals, whether electronic or printed; 3. discuss the responses of not-for-profit and commercial STM publishers and of other stakeholders in the STM community to the opportunities and challenges posed by the shift to electronic publishing; and 4. examine the spectrum of proposals that has been put forth to respond to the needs of users as the publishing industry shifts to electronic information production and dissemination.

From p7 of the Introduction:

The main focus of this symposium was how different business and distribution models for scientific, technical and medical (STM) information publishing are changing in the face of digital technology developments. How do the emerging models address the need of the scientific community for the widest possible long-term access to such information? In developing the symposium's program, the planning committee was mindful of the broad, ongoing changes in scientific research, funding and goals--changes that stimulate, and are stimulated by, new forms of scholarly communication. The challenge was to identify issues and problems that the STM communities need to control and resolve in order to exploit the remarkable and growing opportunities offered by the rapidly evolving computer and networking technologies.
(From: Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog, May 17, 2004)

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