Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Scholarly Publishing Initiatives
Donald J. Waters
Program Officer for Scholarly Communications
Joseph S. Meisel
Program Officer for Higher Education
In 2007, the Scholarly Communications and Research University and Humanistic Scholarship programs collaborated in launching two new initiatives in the area of scholarly publishing, one aimed at increasing the capacity of university presses to publish first books by junior scholars in fields where publication opportunities have become constrained, the other at strengthening the substantive relationship between university presses and their home institutions. These initiatives are described in greater detail in the President’s Report (on pages 16 and 22). This essay is intended to provide some background by focusing on the factors that prompted staff to direct Foundation resources in these particular ways. It begins with an overview of the conditions under which scholarly publishing is currently carried out in university presses. This summary is followed by a brief outline of historical concerns about the role and functions of university presses and a discussion of previous Foundation efforts to support scholarly publishing. Finally, this essay turns to the two new initiatives and considers their objectives in the broader context outlined in the previous two sections.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Digital Copyright Slider -- http://librarycopyright.net/digitalslider/
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
The blog, launched this spring, is primarily written by Kent Anderson, an SSP board member and Executive Director, International Business & Product Development at Massachusetts Medical Society/The New England Journal of Medicine. Other frequent contributors include Howard Ratner of the Nature Publishing Group and Phil Davis from Cornell University.
The moderated blog keeps all those interested in scholarly publishing at the forefront of new developments in publishing by pointing to relevant research reports and projects and helps to interpret the significance of this information in a balanced and, occasionally, provocative way. The Scholarly Kitchen also reports and translates findings from related business endeavors in other areas of publishing as well as from online businesses and other related emerging trends.
Since launching, the Scholarly Kitchen has had over 9200 hits and has featured top posts like The "h-index": An Objective Mismeasure? and Market-based Solution to Info-glut.
Come visit us at the Scholarly Kitchen :
http://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/ and join us for A Balanced Diet of Ideas, Interpretation, and Inspiration!
Submitted on behalf of the Society for Scholarly Publishing by Karen King
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
From Jannean Elliott on OSTIBlog <http://www.osti.gov/ostiblog/>
If you're ready to discover data, then OSTI's newest product is ready for you! The DOE Data Explorer (DDE) <http://www.osti.gov/dataexplorer> is a unique tool that identifies collections of Department of Energy sponsored numeric files, figures and data plots, multimedia and images, computer simulations, specialized databases, and interactive data maps. Browse, run a quick search, or advanced search, then click a link to results. You'll be amazed at the data you can freely see and use, the highly specialized interfaces developed by the owners of the data that will help you delve deeper into their collections, and the software toolkits that allow you to manipulate, compare, visualize, download, and re-use the data.
The DOE Data Explorer will guide you to data collections at national laboratories, data centers, scientific user facilities, colleges and universities ...and across all of the science areas with DOE involvement. The DOE Data Explorer development team sifted through hundreds of these websites so that you would not have to, selecting each collection for inclusion according to strict criteria. <http://www.osti.gov/dde/faq.html>
The Department of Energy has several data centers <http://www.osti.gov/dde/datacenter.html> that provide excellent collections and expert services. Each of these centers specializes in data belonging to a specific subject area or scientific discipline. The DOE Data Explorer will help you find those centers and their collections. However, its unique usefulness is in helping you find the collections that are NOT in a data center. In addition, what if you want to do cross-disciplinary research? Or what if you don't even know what data might be out there or what discipline it might belong to? You need a data discovery tool that will allow you to see ALL of DOE's data - regardless of scientific discipline, regardless of format, and, even, regardless of where the data collection resides. The DOE Data Explorer can do that.
Is it possible that the team missed a collection somewhere? Yes, of course. This is why we invite each one of you out there to let us know if we neglected to include a collection of data that you generate or maintain or even just use. The DOE Data Explorer website has a comment form <http://www.osti.gov/dde/comment.html>, and we want you to use it!
Stay tuned to the OSTI blog <http://www.osti.gov/ostiblog> over the next few weeks as we write about the data included in the DOE Data Explorer. We will try to give you a feel for the vast amount of unique information represented by this exciting new product.Tim Byrne
Information International Associates, Inc.
DOE/Office of Scientific and Technical Information
P.O. Box 62
Oak Ridge,TN 37831
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
BMJ 2008;336:1450 (28 June), doi:10.1136/bmj.a491
The next logical step
The BMJ is about to undergo another shift in the way that it publishes its content, which we hope will provide benefits for both readers and authors. From the beginning of July we will be publishing content continuously on bmj.com. All our articles will be published on line as they become ready, so bmj.com will update several times a day. Once published, articles will then be selected for a subsequent print issue.
Why are we doing this? It’s a logical extension of what we’ve been doing for some time with online first publication of research, and it will give all articles the benefit of faster publication.1 This makes most sense in the context of research, news, and other topical items, but all authors appreciate seeing their work published as soon as possible.
Continuous publication also gives readers more flexibility in the way they engage with our content: as a continuous
Fiona Godlee, editor, Tony Delamothe, deputy editor, Jane Smith, deputy editor
1 BMJ, London WC1H 9JR