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Games Scientific Publishers Play?

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news @ 'pit bull' takes on open access publishers lock horns with free-information movement.

"..Now, Nature has learned, a group of big scientific publishers has hired the pit bull to take on the free-information movement, which campaigns for scientific results to be made freely available. Some traditional journals, which depend on subscription charges, say that open-access journals and public databases of scientific papers such as the National Institutes of Health's (NIH's) PubMed Central, threaten their livelihoods.."

Online availability of a journal was found to significantly increase local citations

Understanding Online Journal Usage: A Statistical Analysis of Citation and Use

This study examined the relationship between print journal use, online journal use, and online journal discovery tools with local journal citations. Local use measures were collected from 1997 to 2004 and negative binomial regression models were designed to test the effect that local use, online availability, and access enhancements have on citation behaviors of academic research authors. Models are proposed and tested to determine whether multiple locally recorded usage measures can predict citations and if locally controlled access enhancements influence citation. The regression results indicated that print journal use was a significant predictor of local journal citations prior to the adoption of online journals. Publisher-provided and locally recorded online journal use measures were also significant predictors of local citations. Online availability of a journal was found to significantly increase local citations and for some disciplines, a new access tool like an OpenURL resolver significantly impacts citations and publisher provided journal usage measures.

Papers on Bradford's (1934), Urquhart's (1958), and Garfield's (1971) Laws



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Petition for guaranteed public access

Petition for guaranteed public access to publicly-funded research results

In January 2006 the European Commission published the Study on the Economic and Technical Evolution of the Scientific Publication Markets of Europe. The Study resulted from a detailed analysis of the current scholarly journal publication market, together with extensive consultation with all the major stakeholders within the scholarly communication process (researchers, funders, publishers, librarians, research policymakers, etc.). The Study noted that 'dissemination and access to research results is a pillar in the development of the European Research Area' and it made a number of balanced and reasonable recommendations to improve the visibility and usefulness of European research outputs.


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Medical Librarians: Part of the Health Care Team

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..Medical librarians are an integral part of the health care team. They have a direct impact on health care and the quality of patient care by helping physicians, allied health professionals, and other members in health care stay current in the latest developments in specialty care. They also work closely with patients and consumers who are seeking information on medical care..

An Article on Web 2.0 and Library Site


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Journal article is now only the first step in disseminating one's work.

E-LIS - The rise and rise of citation analysis

With the vast majority of scientific papers now available online, the author describes how the Web is allowing physicists and information providers to measure
more accurately the impact of these papers and their authors. Provides a historical background of citation analysis, ISI's citation databases, and the impact factor. Discusses the strengths and weaknesses of Web of Science and other more recent citation data sources (e.g., Scopus and Google Scholar), the impact of the Web on citation analysis, and the emergence of new citation-based research assessment measures (e.g., h-index). Argues that the use of multiple Web-based citation tools allows more accurate visualizations of scholarly communication networks. Also argues that publishing a journal article is now only the first step in disseminating one's work.

UK PubMed Central (UKPMC)

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Based on PubMed Central (PMC), the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature, UK PubMed Central (UKPMC) provides a stable, permanent, and free-to-access online digital archive of full-text, peer-reviewed research publications.

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How Web 2.0 is changing medicine

How Web 2.0 is changing medicine -- Giustini 333 (7582): 1283 -- BMJ

"..In the past year, several doctors and medical librarians have put Web 2.0 in the spotlight8; one excellent article even discusses its impact in clinical practice.9 What is obvious is that doctors are seeking new methods of information discovery because of the limitations of search engines.."



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Koha or Evergreen?

I wonder if someone do a comparative study of two Library Automation Open Source Softwares - Koha and Evergreen. Evergreen by design is meant for very large public library and state-wide consortium environments with tens of millions of records and hundreds of libraries. Koha has been around for some time now and appears to be time tested having better market share.

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'Free' access to research should not be limited

'Free' access to research should not be limited - SciDev.Net

All scientists — rich or poor — should have free and open access to published data; any attempt to restrict such access is unacceptable, argues Donat Agosti.

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