Tuesday, September 18, 2007

W - Full open-access with Springer Open Choice

Springer operates a program called Springer Open Choice that offers authors to have their journal articles made available with full open access in exchange of a basic fee, or 'article processing charge'. Springer continues to offer the traditional publishing model, but due to the growing number of researchers who want open access, Springer journals offer the option to have articles made available with open access, free to anyone, any time, and anywhere in the world. If authors choose open access in the Springer Open Choice program, they will not be required to transfer their copyright to Springer, either. All articles will be peer-reviewed, professionally produced, and available both in print and in electronic versions on SpringerLink. In addition, every article will be registered in CrossRef and included in the appropriate Abstracting and Indexing services.


W - EBSCO Launches Data-Rich E-Journal Reference Tool

To assist editors and librarians in tracking e-journal changes, EBSCO has launched its data-rich E-Journal Updates feature within EBSCONET. Thanks to this new tool, librarians will be able to review titles where format or pricing options have changed, view an archived history of changes made via E-Journal Updates, receive notification when an online version of a current print subscription becomes available, identify journals that have changed in publisher, view new open access titles that are added and identify titles that have been added to or removed from e-journal packages.


Monday, September 17, 2007

W - Tiny urls, a useful help to stay fit

Tiny url, a new device to shorthen urls. It allows to cut long urls that cause trouble in e-mails or publications and oblige readers to cut and paste urls in the address bar.
By entering a long URL in this software, you will have a tiny URL that will not break in emails or postings and never expires.

Try it at www.tinyurl.com or http://www.tiny.cc/

B - Stakeholders weigh costs of open-access publishing.

Guinnessy P. Stakeholders weigh costs of open-access publishing. Physics Today. 2007.60(8)29-30.

As open access moves mainstream, publishers are concerned about who is going to fund their journals.


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Friday, September 14, 2007

W - All-in-one search engine debuts in UK

Infospace launched an all-in-one search engine called WebFetch. This engine combines top results from the biggest and best search engines including Google, Yahoo!, MSN Live search and Ask.com, along with smaller and more sppecialisic engines like blinkx and Kelkoo. Providing top results from various engines, WebFetch is said to search effectively the entire web, while one engine only leaves a huge amount of relevant content unseen and doing so increases the likelyhood of relevant search results. WebFetch also allows users to personalise their search using advanced tools and settings.


B - eBooks now available on inter-library loan

eBooks now available on inter-library loan. Research Information 2007; 30:28

The National Research Council Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (NRC-CISTI) and MyiLibrary, an eBook aggregator, have partnered to launch a new sevice called eBook Loans. This electronic version of the traditional library interlending model reduces the costs associated with processing interlibrary loans and allows publishers to benefit from a new channel to market their content and users to gain instant access to the eBook they require. In addition there is no need to worry about returning a borrowed book, nor about lost or damaged books.


B - Latin America provides new publishing opportunities

Anscombe N. Latin America provides new publishing opportunities. Research Information 2007; 30:6.

Duch marketing-services company Accucoms reported that Latin America presents many opportunities for publishers, highlighting the rapid growth in internet usage in that region. In Latin America online resources are becoming a significant part of libraries' collections and librarians plan to invest in a wide range of resources like eBooks, online databases and journals. In fact, even if they feel optimistic about their economic position and future growth, librarians in Latin America are still restricted in what they can afford to purchase, so they appreciate models offering flexibility to purchase the content they need, in the format they need, for a fair price not subject to rises. So online and print bundles remain the most popular subscription option.


B - Scientists are wary of open-access journals

'Scientists are wary of open-access journals'. Research Information 2007; 30:5.

A recent study from researchers at University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the University of Munich, showed that researchers are reluctant to publish their research within open-access outlets, even if open-access publications have higher speed of publication and citation rates. According to this study academics are positive about the speed at which online journals spread new findings to academic world, but more than 50% of them said that open-access is not well-known enough to use it as a medium for publishing works, and that open-access publications lack a guarantee of long term availability of research. This situation suggests a gap between positive attitude toward open-access publication and a low level of use of this means.


B - Quality Journals and Gamesmanship

Macdonald S, KamRing J. Ring o’ Roses: Quality Journals and Gamesmanship in Management Studies. Journal of Management Studies. 44(4): 640655

Academic performance is measured by papers in quality journals much more than contribution to knowledge. This article referes to management studies but most considerations equally apply to all fields of science. Paper production is a means to measure academic performance and determine funding. The gamesmanship of publishing in quality journals is considered under different points of view. According to the auhtor cunning and calculation support scholarship and this gamesmanship will continue until the publication in quality journals is considered more important than the content of the papers therein published


Thursday, September 13, 2007

B - Association Between Funding and Quality of Medical Research

Reed DA, Cook DA, Beckman TJ, Levine RB, Kern DE, Wright SM. Association Between Funding and Quality of Published Medical Education Research JAMA. 2007;298:1002-1009. .

Methodological shortcomings in medical education research are often attributed to insufficient funding. In a recent report on the advancement of scientific research in education, the National Academy of Science recommended that to promote research quality, education journals and federal funding agencies should identify reliable and valid metrics for scoring the quality of medical education research. As a Medical Education Research Study Quality Instrument, MERSQI was designed to measure the quality of experimental, quasi-experimental, and observational studies. This instrument was appplied to 13 peer review journals (analysing 210 articles). The results of a validity study of MERSQI and a cross sectional study using that instrument to identify association between fundings and study quality, showed a significant association between funding and research studies quality, as showed by the MERSQI, providing evidence to support the call to increase funding for medical research.


B - The information-seeking behaviour of doctors

Davies K. The information-seeking behaviour of doctors: a review of the evidence. Health Information and Libraries Journal 2007; 24(2): 78-94.

This paper provides a narrative review of the available literature from the past 10 years that focus on the information seeking behaviour of doctors, dividing it in three sub-themes: Information Needs of Doctors, Information Seeking by Doctors, Information Sources Utilized by Doctors. The review is wide ranging and it would seem that the traditional methods of face-to-face communication and use of hard-copy evidence still prevail amongst qualified medical staff in the clinical setting, while the use of new technologies in information provision may be of influence in the future.


B - Electronic journals and their unbundled functions in scholarly communication in Japan

Kurata K, et al. Electronic journals and their unbundled functions in scholarly communication: Views and utilization by scientific, technological and medical researchers in Japan. Information Processing & Management 2007; 43(5):1402-1415

These days electronic journals are in common use in scholarly communication and we can say that scholarly communication is much dependent on electronic resources even if it would be too simplistic to say that it is greatly dependent on them. The purpose of this article is to show the position of electronic journals in scholarly communication based on Japanese researchers’ information, behavior and estimation. The main result is that even if their recognition has begun to change and thei are shifting to electronic resources, researchers still rely on traditional scholarly journals for accessing information and publication.


B - Multiple publication on a single research study: Does it pay?

Bornmann L, Daniel H D. Multiple publication on a single research study: Does it pay? The influence of number of research articles on total citation counts in biomedicine. Journal of the American Society for Information Science nad Technology. 2007; 58(8)

Scientists often seek to report a single body of research in more than one publication, in repeated reports of the same work or in fractional reports, in order to disseminate their research as widely as possible in the scientific community. Up to now, it has not been yet examined whether this strategy of multiple publication leads to greater reception of the research. The results of a regression model with an interaction term show that the practice of multiple publication does in fact lead to greater reception of the research even if reception is actually dependent upon length of article. Thus, according to the author, it pays for scientists to practice multiple publication of study results in the form of sizable reports.

doi: 10.1002/asi.20531


W - EASE - European Academy for Scientific Explainers

We all know what EASE is, but did you know that there is another EASE on the web??

It is the European Academy of Scientific Explainers, representing a Genoa (Italy) based project involving many and various scientific centres throughout Europe. The Science Festival of Genoa http://www.festivalscienza.it/it/home.php proposes a training programme for graduates and researchers with the core skills and personal awareness development inherent in the new professional figure of Scientific Explainer. You will find the program on the net


B - Archiving challenges of scholarly electronic journals

Galyani Moghaddam G. Archiving challenges of scholarly electronic journals: how do publishers manage them? Serials Review 2007; 33(2):81-90

Electronic achiving of scholarly journals in an important issue for libraries as the usage of electronic journals has increased significantly in recent years. Two of the most important issues in digital libraries are long-term preservation of electronic journals and their accessibility which, along with electronic publishing in general, is causing a shift in responsability for archiving journals from library to agreements between libraries and publishers.


Monday, September 10, 2007

W - WorldWideScience.org the new global science gateway

A new online global gateway to science information has now been opened by the US Department of Energy (DOE), the British Library and eight other participating countries. WorldWideScience.org uses federated search technology to give citizens, researchers and anyone interested in science the capability to search science portals that are not easily accessible through popular search technology. It will use existing technology to search vast collections of science information distributed across the globe, enabling much-needed access to smaller, less well-known sources of science. As WorldWideScience.org grows, it will give access to the research results of any nation in any language.


Tuesday, September 04, 2007

B - Physglish: our coded speech.

Brunker J. 2007 Physglish: our coded speech. Physics World 2007: 20(9)64

Winning entry from a student in Institue of Physics 'Lateral Thoughts' writing competition. Discusses the different use of language in physics and ordinary speech.


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