Usability

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CC-BY, Copyright, and Stolen Advocacy

Even with the protections of traditional copyright, an author may lose control of his original work and see it misappropriated and used for hateful ends. So is it any wonder that many authors have concerns about being required to publish under CC-BY? Continue reading

A Survey of University Presses

A survey of university presses on selling books directly from their Web sites shows that for most presses, sales hover around 1% of total volume, but a concerted effort to improve Web marketing could increase that figure to 3% or perhaps even more. Continue reading

Layers Upon Layers — Taking Advantage of the Great Infrastructure Build-Out of the Twenty Aughts

The infrastructure layers that are emerging specifically for scholarly publishers, authors, and readers are yielding new services and even more layers. What’s next? And what’s missing? Continue reading

On Communicating Science, Technology, Engineering, and Medicine – Alan Alda Talks About Improving Scientific Communication

Alan Alda spoke at the AAAS meeting in Chicago on the theme of communicating science to the public. We often view the communication of science, be it in one’s own scholarly journals or in mass media, as somehow distinct and meaningfully different from other communication styles. However, Alda made the point repeatedly during his presentation that this should not be the case. One can accurately convey science with stories and an engaging style that not only brings the reader along in the discovery process, but also preserves the truth and validity of the underlying discovery. Alda made the point that “Communication is not something you add on to science, it is of the essence of science.” Publishers can help to improve how science is communicated; indeed it is at the core of what publishers bring to the process of distributing science. Continue reading

The Joy of Conference Calls

A video translates the odd behaviors of the conference call into real life. Continue reading

The Future (?) of the Scholarly (?) Monograph (?)

As the scholarly communication environment changes, so does the monograph–and the nature of scholarship itself. A few years from now, what will these terms even mean? Continue reading

What is the Lifespan of a Research Article?

A new study reports on the usage half-life of articles in thousands of academic and professional journals. The results may help in the formation of public access policy and the setting of access embargoes. Continue reading

Scholarly Kitchen Podcast: Standards, Standards, Standards

Scholarly Kitchen chef Todd Carpenter discusses technical standards in today’s scholarly-publishing landscape, and what’s on the horizon. Continue reading

Link Miser — Why the NLM Links to PubMed Central Versions Directly from PubMed Search Results

Why does PubMed preferentially link to PMC versions in its search result lists? Emails from 2011 suggest it’s specifically to generate more traffic to PMC and show off NLM services. Continue reading

CHORUS Comes Into Focus

CHORUS (Clearinghouse for Open Research for the United States) comes from a coalition of scholarly journal publishers and is meant to steward a partnership with federal agencies to provide public access to papers emanating from research they fund. A recent series of presentations from CHORUS offered a progress report and a better sense of what … Continue reading

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