Archive for December, 2007

Open Humanities Press to Launch in 2008

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

Open Humanities Press (OHP), an open access publisher of contemporary critical and cultural theory, will launch in 2008 as a consortium of leading open access journals in continental philosophy, cultural studies, new media, film, and literary criticism.  The editorial board includes a number of UC faculty as well as N. Katherine Hayles and Douglas Kellner from UCLA.

Editorial Questions ISI Impact Factors

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

Editors from the Journal of Cell Biology and the Journal of Experimental Medicine and the executive director of the Rockefeller University Press have reported their inability to verify published impact factors  using data gathered and sold by Thomson Scientific (formerly the Institute of Scientific Information, or ISI).  Their concerns are expressed in an editorial in the December 17 issue of the Journal of Cell Biology.

ARL Special Issue on University Publishing

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

The Association of Research Libraries has published a special issue of its bimonthly report on university publishing.  Contents include a condensed version of the Ithaka report, a study of US university presses and their role in scholarly publishing, along with reaction from a provostial perspective and short articles about library publishing programs.

Academic Commons Special Issue on Cyberinfrastructure and the Liberal Arts

Monday, December 17th, 2007

With its revolutionary computing capabilities, massive data resources, and distributed human expertise, cyberinfrastructure offers the liberal arts new resources and new ways of working.  Academic Commons has published a special issue on this subject, featuring essays, interviews, and reviews by scholars, scientists, information technologists, and administrators.  The contents examine the challenges and opportunities cyberinfrastructure presents for the liberal arts and liberal arts colleges and suggest how academics can connect, use, and contribute to these new capabilities.

White Paper on Educational Fair Use Released

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

The Association of Research Libraries has released a white paper, Educational Fair Use Today, in which by Jonathan Band, JD, discusses three recent appellate decisions concerning fair use that should give educators and librarians greater confidence and guidance for asserting this important privilege.  In all three decisions the courts permitted extensive copying and display in the commercial context because the uses involved repurposing and recontextualization. The reasoning in these opinions could have far-reaching implications in the educational environment.

Report on Journals’ Transition from Print to Electronic

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

The Association of Research Libraries has published The E-only Tipping Point for Journals: What’s Ahead in the Print-to-Electronic Transition Zone, a report examining issues associated with migrating from dual-format publishing toward electronic-only journal publication.  The work is based in large part on interviews conducted between June and August 2007 with two dozen academic librarians and journal publishers.