White Papers

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

Jikzi – a new framework for security policy and trusted publishing

Jikzi, a prototype tool for secure e-publishing, is the result of three years’ research. The researchers sought to find a protection system for online medical data published, particularly against errors and attacks. Jikzi investigates the security level of the data for publishers involved in the electronic business of such data.… Read More

Digital archiving in the new millennium: developing infrastructure

Digital archives have gained significance due to the evolution of digitised and electronic information transmission. There is much debate on the kind of infrastructure that is necessitated by a digital information environment. One of the key challenges in the process of developing such an infrastructure is the presence of a… 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

Security and scientific information – a vicious cycle

The unrestricted availability of scientific information can aid researches and spread awareness of science. At the same time, such unlimited information can be exploited for unlawful reasons. To avoid this, policies are developed to restrict the spread of potentially harmful science papers. This, in turn, puts the primary objective of… Read More

E-publishing and Scholarly Journals

A shift from traditional publishing to electronic publishing was expected to reduce the price of scholarly journals. Contrary to that belief, the journals prices have been increasing, in turn restricting the purchasing power of the libraries. As an alternative to paid electronic content, efforts such as open access policy, institutional… Read More

White Paper on Electronic Journals’ Usage Statistics

As more readers prefer and use electronic journals, librarians require specific data on the usage level. This helps them decide the investment levels in electronic resources. Publishers and aggregators spend to identify e-readers. However, each publisher can collect compatible levels of data only by adopting standard steps of data aggregation.… Read More

The Cost of Electronic Publishing of Scholarly Works

This study was carried out to differentiate the costs of paper and electronic publishing models, the effect of electronic publishing on popular publishers, self-publication and the economies of the peer-review model. The paper describes the matters related to maintaining, updating and archiving print and electronic journals. Read More


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