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Scientific books vanishing from reach

Sir Crispin Davis, Chief Executive of Reed Elsevier, UK, has expressed his appreciation for the growth of STM journals, with the volume published increasing 3 percent every year. He has stressed the need to alter the tax rules for digital content published, distributed and archived to support the recent trend… Read More

Author-pays model in open access medical journal

The Journal of Experimental & Clinical Assisted Reproduction is an open access journal launched by BioMed, UK, in September 2004. Its working model involves the authors paying a fee to have their articles processed and published in the journal while maintaining the copyright. It is a win-win model, says the… Read More

Open access in medical publishing: trends and countertrends

PLoS issued its first open access journal in October 2003. Publisher BMJ has allotted US$9 million to ‘challenge the status quo of medical publishing’. However, due to increasing hits to its website, BMJ has started charging non-subscribers for the all papers except the original study. Read the author’s perception on… Read More

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 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

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

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


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