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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

In support of NIH’s open access proposal

The proposal of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) to make available for free the study reports funded by it is a welcome step, says the author. It will benefit the citizens whose tax money is invested in scientific researches. Greater spread of scientific information will provide an economic… Read More

Knives out as Lancet and Royal Society trade insults

The six-year old spat between the Royal Society of the UK, an eminent and historic scientific establishment, and the prestigious journal, The Lancet, took an ugly turn as Richard Horton of the Lancet described the Society as lazy and being of little public value, in a recent issue. In turn,… Read More

In search of online authenticity for medical research

Abundant online sources for medical literature have raised the question of authenticity. Nevertheless, reliable and readily accessible Web sites do exist that provide quality peer-reviewed articles and journals. The author of this article explains the essential services of reliable online medical sources such as PubMed and HighWire Press. Read More

Open source goes beyond software

In this article, S. Sadagopan, Director of IIIT, Bangalore, explains the importance of open source, a trend that has the gained attention of major industries such as automobile, healthcare and oil and gas. Newer technologies such as the Linux operating system, mySQL (database), Perl (scripting language) and Apache (powering Web… Read More


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