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This APS rocks! Here’s the press release from PAMnet: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE APS ONLINE JOURNALS AVAILABLE FREE IN U.S. PUBLIC LIBRARIES Ridge, NY, 28 July 2010: The American Physical Society (APS) announces a new public access initiative that will give readers and researchers in public libraries in the United States full use of all online…

The authors thesis is that the only mandatory communication of results is in peer reviewed journal articles. Scientists aren’t required to do other communicating and often leave communication to the public to the media. They ask if is this is adequate given the very low percentage of scientific articles that ever make it into the…

This article is in early view at JASIST. It looks like it comes from the author’s dissertation. It isn’t terribly earth-shattering, but it’s well done, it provides more evidence, and there are definitely some implications for library/IR manager practice. Here’s the citation: Kim, J. (2010). Faculty self-archiving: Motivations and barriers Journal of the American Society…

The announcement is dated January 6, 2010, but the report itself is dated July 2010. In any case it’s new to me, so I thought I would run through some interesting points. Here’s the citation (as much as I can tell): Proctor,R., Williams,R. & Stewart, J. (2010). If you build it, will they come? How…

One of the anti-PLOSone arguments is that its acceptance rate is too high at about 70%. Since I had my RK Merton compendium open to this article, I thought I would quote some bits to backup my argument that the anti-PLOSone folks are completely full of crap on this point.  Here’s the citation: Zuckerman, H.,…

Nick Carr, quoted by the Readablity folks here, talks about hyperlinks as distractions – part of how the web screws up our brains. I was just browsing (couldn’t possibly read this one from cover to cover) Nentwich (2003) and ran across the section, “Better match of traditional reading habits”. In this portion of the book,…

Besides watching this like the finals of Olympic hockey, I’ve been seriously impressed with the thoughtful and insightful commentary from a huge bunch of my libr* online contacts. Interesting stuff, too, from scientists and other folks interested in scholarly communication. About the confidentiality of the discussions…. Walt Crawford reminds us of various freedom of information…

Read this (pdf). So the UC system has been screaming – they are totally cutting budgets, people, everything… And NPG has decided to hike their subscription renewal prices by 400%. So if the offer doesn’t change, UC’s going to fight back, and it will hurt. Boy, will it hurt.

Inappropriate citations?

Kevin Zelnio of Deep Sea News tweeted the title of this piece and sent my mind going over the various theories of citation, what citations mean, studies showing how people cite without reading (pdf) (or at least propagate obvious citation errors), and also how people use things but don’t cite them in certain fields… I…

Many/most/all (?) scientists and engineers who have ever published anything anywhere are now being inundated with calls for papers (CFP).  At least 3 have made it to my desk in the past month, forwarded from my colleagues who are curious and want to know more about the publisher. Two of these were precisely the same…