Archive for January, 2009

Robert Darnton weighs in on proposed Google settlement

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Robert Darnton, director of the Harvard University Library and a distinguished historian, comments on the proposed Google settlement in the New York Review of Books. The settlement, which is still subject to final approval by the courts, resolves the breach-of-copyright suit brought by authors and publishers against Google for Google Book Search, its mass book-digitization project.  Last fall, when the terms of the settlement were released, Harvard announced that it will not allow Google to scan any in-copyright books under its terms.

A Guide for the Perplexed, a report commissioned by the Association of Research Libraries and the American Library Association, summarizes the complex terms of the settlement.

Open access gaining societies’ support

Monday, January 26th, 2009

Library Journal reported the results of a recent survey conducted by the publisher SAGE showing that attitudes are changing among scholarly societies regarding open access.  Though still concerned about how it will impact revenue, respondents were optimistic about its potential benefits, including increasing readership of journals.

UC users have access to citation data

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

Users on all University of California campuses now have access to Journal Citation Reports (JCR) through a consortial license.  JCR offers a systematic, objective means to critically evaluate the world’s leading journals through quantifiable, statistical information based on citation data. By compiling articles’ cited references, it helps to measure research influence and impact at the journal and category levels and shows the relationship between citing and cited journals. Science and social sciences editions are available.

RNA Biology requires Wikipedia Abstract

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

The journal RNA Biology has begun requiring authors whose work will appear in a new section of the journal to also submit an accompanying abstract that will be published on Wikipedia.  The goal is to encourage creating and updating public data on RNA families.  Further information is available on NatureNews.