White Papers

Critical study of the new ways of “editorialising” open access scientific journals

This report, commissioned by BSN 4 and BSN 7, is concerned with the new ways in which open access journals can be editorialised. The transition to open access has accelerated in recent years. Several countries have established a legal framework to secure the depositing of articles in open archives (in… Read More

MathML to solve problems of publishing notations

Mathematical notations form an important part of STM publishing. Over the years, various attempts have been made to develop structured formats for publishing these notations. The advent of the Internet has made the task more challenging, as publishers looked for a suitable markup language. MathML is one tool that has… Read More

Publisher mergers: a consumer-based approach to antitrust analysis

While consumers are dependent on journals and published papers to learn about scientific issues, libraries have been playing a passive role. Publishers seem to have an upper hand in providing the required STM information through their publications. Given this context, the mergers amongst publishing firms have raised concerns. This paper… Read More

Crisis in scholarly publishing: an economic analysis

Scientific, technical and medical (STM) journal pricing in Australia has, at a particular point, exceeded the inflation rate of the country. The scholarly communication arena in Australia, its economies, players of the industry, cost structure, scope of activities, and distribution system are discussed in the paper. Read More

Permanent Web publishing: ways and means

Scientific data published in the Web face the risk of getting lost. Various environments have to be built and many replicas stored with the system to withstand failing commands. Authors David S. H. Rosenthal and Vicky Reich have explored various fault-tolerant technologies that produce right the protected data. Read More

Choosing between formats for scholarly Web publishing

STM publishers face severe constraints when implementing Web publishing. They are forced to choose between quality and fidelity, in other words, Portable Document Format (PDF) or Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML) to publish the data. The PDF format hinders the publisher from adding value, such as linking, multimedia content and… Read More

Publishing Open Access Journals

Public Library of Science (PLoS), one of the initiators of Open Access (OA), has published this white paper that explains the optimum means of publishing STM content. The paper describes the essential publishing processes that can eschew frills in the production process. Optional steps in the process and staff requirements… Read More

Strategic Planning for Scholarly Publishing

Scholarly publishing that is engulfed in chaotic, complex and changing procedures can be set on track with a strategic approach. The paper stresses the importance of a strategic planning process amidst complexities. The second objective of the paper is to categorise particular publishing tools that help the staff in managing… Read More

Digital preservation and permanent access to scientific information

The International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI) and CENDI have sponsored a report, Digital Electronic Archiving: The State of the Art and Practice. The report analyses electronic preservation of science and technology content such as e-journals, technical reports, e-records, project documents and scientific data. The update of the… Read More

Scholarly journals: form and function

This paper enunciates the evolution of scholarly communication in relation to the form and function of scholarly journals and articles. Electronic scholarly communication is examined on the basis of appearance, type of content, organisation and delivery mode to decide the form of scholarly journals. ‘Function’ refers to the value adding… Read More


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