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MathML workflows in STM publishing

Mathematical expressions form an essential part of scientific, technical and medical (STM) content. Publishers use various platforms such as MathType and PowerMath to append math in the STM content. After MathML, an XML-based repository was built so that publishers find it easier to publish Web content with HTML and MathML. Read More

The Future of the Print Journal

This paper is an attempt to trace the course of print journals in the future. While acknowledging the raising dominance of electronic journals that are generally believed to lead to the demise of print journals, the paper envisions the continued use of both print and electronic journals in the future.… Read More

Improving Journal Quality with Process Improvement Methods

Increasing competition in the field of scholarly publishing has pushed continuous quality improvement into the centre stage. This paper advocates the benefits of applying ‘Process Improvement’ techniques to improve the quality of journals to provide the desired competitive edge. It also provides some examples on the various tools available and… Read More

US medical publishing market set to explode

A report released by Simba Information has revealed that medical publishing in the US will surpass growth in the scientific, technical, legal and business publishing markets. The market intelligence firm has forecasted growth of 15.6 percent by 2007, the major determining factor being online resources. The report provides key findings… Read More

Issues in marketing reprints

Publishers tap easy income through reprints. However, reprint programmes should be accompanied and supported by a well-organised effort in marketing. In this paper, the inherent hurdles in marketing reprints have been explored with examples from various scientific publishers. In addition, the author has reviewed administrative issues involved in implementing an… Read More

Persistence of Web references in scientific research

This paper is based on a research conducted on URLs in online research studies. Scientific researchers are facing a hurdle in using the Internet resource for citations in scientific papers. Practical troubles such as lack of credible Internet publishers and invalid URLs have forced out the question of including URL… Read More

Catering to libraries

A significant increase in the cost of journals has impeded institutions such as libraries from purchasing them. The high subscription rates have induced the libraries to opt for e-journals over prints. In such a situation, marketing prints to libraries has become crucial. The paper suggests marketing programmes suitable for the… Read More

Implementing Information Technology Systems

Scholarly publishers have the advantage of the latest technologies to modernise the production process and add value to the product. However, the volatile nature of technology, external factors involved and certain other risks disable the publisher from fully taping the advantages of information technology (IT). This paper elaborates on the… Read More

The impact of open access journals – a citation study from Thomson ISI

Open access journals are touted as better performers, drawing a wider audience than traditional subscribed journals. Many publishers and science societies have expressed their stance for or against this publishing model. While open access supporters emphasise the reach of science literature, opponents argue that editorial quality is maintained only in… Read More

The value of structure in searching scientific literature

Information in academic libraries, gathered through peer-review, publishing and library selection procedures, is often difficult to find. To have a better access to science literature for research purposes, proper structure of scientific data is essential. Online scientific and indexing databases are an increasingly sought source of information. These databases are… Read More


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