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ASME- the American Society of Mechanical Engineers – has a series of journals that are heavily used by mechanical, aerospace, and even civil engineers. Most engineering schools have these all the way back.  So in the past couple of weeks libraries all over the country have realized that, all of a sudden they don’t have…

It seems like there was nothing new from the established publishers for a while – nothing with their core business.  Some experimented with ways to communicate and most updated content management systems, but it seemed like most weren’t touching their standard models.  PLOS’ experiments met with raised eyebrows and skepticism, but now, looks like others…

As I’ve mentioned, science libraries are very much in financial trouble just as their parent institutions and other organizations are right now.  There have been many calls for publishers to hold the line on price increases and some have done so. Some, like SPIE, have decreased prices -yay them! Others, like a chemistry database that…

It just hit me this morning that new communications journals are sort of less expected right now. In this post I’ll briefly discuss the traditional place of letters or communications publications in scholarly communications (in science) and then weave in some thoughts about pressures on the system to change and where we’re going.* First, this…

Article downloads as a measure of …

quality? popularity? utility? I’m pretty sure I’ve blogged about MESUR (a research project that studied how usage statistics – as we call them in the industry – can be a metric like citations are). I’ve also blogged a discussion by MJ Kurtz in which he discusses how usage is very much like citations, if offset. …

Sometimes so many things come up at the same time it becomes difficult if impossible to ignore. Here’s just a brief list: An oceanographer came to me and asked to see a print copy of an AGU journal article. If you’ve followed me here from elsewhere, then you’ll know my place of work was mandated…

DOI! D!O!I! D-O-I! D.O.I.!

I love the DOI. It’s the best thing since sliced bread. Actually, it’s better than sliced bread – I can slice my own bread – but I can’t do what DOIs do so easily. If you’ve been living under a rock for a while, you might not know that a DOI is a document object…

In case you can’t read this screenshot of an e-mail (source, via), I’ll quote it for you: “Are you on a first name basis with the librarian? If so, chances are, you’re spending too much time at the library. What you need is fast, reliable research you can access right in your office. An all…

On one side, there are some who say the future of scholarly communication in science is databases – or, rather, more or less shared and curated data sets. Some of the folks in this crowd go farther to say that science is a continuous stream and people should be able to comment on and point…

It’s that time again: the 2008 Journal Citation Reports are out from Thomson Reuters. It’s started already, too, the e-mails to listservs and press releases. So I’m re-posting one of my posts from my old blog for those of you who might not have seen it. Like prices and hemlines, why do impact factors always…