Tuesday, 15 January 2008

UKSG Serials-eNews

In the Current UKSG Serials-eNews, no. 161, 11 Jan 2008, the following news are noteworthy:
* UKSG seminar report: Caught up in web 2.0? Feedback from Web 2.0 seminar. Presenters from Ingenta, CABI, Talis, etc. talked about the "the web 2.0 emphasis is on public sharing of data and enabling improved communication", "Blogs have also been used to replace email communication between library staff", "some advice on the use of web 2.0 concepts in web page design", "a publisher's view of web 2.0 and talked about the move from formal to informal scholarly communication", "number of case studies describe the use of social software for the presentation of reading lists", " about web 2.0 in relation to library management and catalogue systems", "the life of an avatar inside the virtual world, Second Life".
* Cambridge Journals Online. 2007 has been a significant year for Cambridge Journals, marking their tenth year of online journals publishing. Some key new developments were released by Cambridge Journals Online in December
* Thomson Scientific launches journal citation impact forum. Thomson Scientific have launched an online Citation Impact Forum aimed at promoting scholarly discussion about all facets of citation-based research evaluation - from Thomson Scientific's own influential Journal Impact Factor to emerging citation metrics, such as the h-index.
* Discussion paper: the identification of digital book content. An important discussion paper on the identification of digital content, written for BIC and the Book Industry Study Group in the US by Michael Holdsworth, has been published. It can be freely accessed on the website.
* CrossRef passes 30 million DOI mark. CrossRef recently registered its 30 millionth DOI. While the majority of CrossRef's Digital Object IdentifiersR (DOIs) are assigned to online journal articles, there are now over 2.5 million DOI names assigned to other types of publications, including conference proceedings, dissertations, books, datasets, and technical reports. Over 2,400 publishers and societies participate in CrossRef linking.
* JSTOR and the journal 'Science'. The American Association for the Advancement of Science has reversed its earlier decision to pull its flagship publication, Science, from JSTOR, the scholarly electronic journals archive. Officials issued this statement: "AAAS and JSTOR are pleased to announce that we have concluded an ongoing discussion and have been able to reach an agreement to continue what has been a very productive relationship between JSTOR and the journal Science."
* Wiley-Blackwell takes on journals. Wiley-Blackwell have formed two new publishing partnerships in the Asia-Pacific region. They will publish Basic & Applied Pathology and Pacific Focus from 2008. The have also been selected by the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB) to publish IUBMB Life.
Other announcement of interest are: Nature Archive go live; Nature GeoScience launched (the library order it for the Faculty of Science); Nature Publishing launches Mucosal Immunology; Future present: changing your environment with e-books? EBSCO digitises backfile for International Political Science Abstracts

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