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Scientific publishing on the ‘Semantic Web’

Communicating scientific data through published journals is becoming traditional with the increased use of Internet space. An emerging medium of communication of scientific articles, the Internet is already challenged by the ‘Semantic Web’. This concept will allow publishing papers to add relevant machine-readable markups in the report. Read More

STM position on NIH open access proposal

The International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM) expresses its stance on the US National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) decision to implement open access for its researchers. The proposal to make NIH-funded research studies open to all does not measure the consequence. The article suggests a market investigation… Read More

E-journal pricing: taking scholars into account

The advent of e-journals has changed the pricing structures of scientific and medical journals. It has also heralded significant changes in the behaviour of subscribers/scholars. However, libraries and publishers have failed to adequately consider the importance of the behaviour of scholars in the pricing of scientific e-journals. This research, done… Read More

STM publishing in the UK: trends captured

The market for scientific journals is global, with 2,000 publishers printing 1.2 million articles every year. As noted by OFT, the top STM publishers account for 37 percent of the rated journals. Researches in the UK have contributed almost 5 percent of the total STM content. Newer technologies have created… Read More

Looking Beyond Search

A number of broad-based Internet mainstreamers such as Amazon and Google have recently forayed into scholarly content. The trend is likely to grow due to the fact that broad-based firms are able to facilitate more browsing on the part of consumers, unlike many online proprietary services. Allowing customers to browse… Read More

Science and Technology Committee Report on Scientific Publications

A report published by the House of Commons’ Science and Technology Committee comments that STM journals in the UK are not up to the mark. The report suggests that researchers deposit their study papers in a local repository after a month of publication date. It also recommends that funding authorities… Read More

An analysis of NIH’s open access initiative

Robert Steinbrook,national correspondent of The New England Journal of Medicine, has analysed online public access of biomedical literature. The author gives his views on the Open Access initiative of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with references from various sources supported with statistics. He outlines the responsibilities and activities of… Read More

STMML, the markup language for STM publishing

STM content, which was previously published exclusively on paper for readers to comprehend, is now largely available in e-prints. It is now the responsibility of computers to assimilate the scientific data. Generic models for interpreting STM concepts were created. One such, the STMML, is an XML-based language covering generic aspects… Read More

National security concerns on free access to research

The US government supports access to scientific research at no cost. But certain scientific research topics have raised security concerns among a few scholars. A study analyses the topics that might be potentially risky when misused, as well as policies that unintentionally allow such topics to be published. Read More

The publisher’s role, outlined by Crispin Davis

There are various articles stressing the importance of scientific publishers to the science community. Scholars who support the open access movement fail to see the imbalance it causes in the standard model of the publishing community. One alternative, suggested by the scholars, of charitable trusts paying the author, will be… Read More


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