Intellectual "Property" in the Digital Age
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-REC Journal Boycott Over Online Access Is a Bust
[9 hits, 0 votes, Average Rating 0] [Added: 16th May 2002]

The Chronicle of Higher Education; Jeffrey R. Young; May 16, 2002. " Few of the 30,000 scientists who pledged to boycott journals that don't make their content free online after six months have actually followed through on that threat, and few journals have changed their ways. Now the boycott's leaders are planning a new tactic -- starting their own journals so scientists have a viable alternative to traditional publishers." With a number of additional links to relevant articles on the controversy.
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-A Challenge to Science and Nature
[15 hits, 0 votes, Average Rating 0] [Added: 31st May 2002]; Kendra Mayfield; May 31, 2002.

A new journal will challenge publishing behemoths such as Science, Nature and Cell by offering free access to research articles immediately upon publication on the Web.

BioMed Central is launching the Journal of Biology, the apex of a pyramid of new journals that will offer authors an alternative to commercial publishers.

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-Boost for research paper access
[4 hits, 0 votes, Average Rating 0] [Added: 14th Feb 2002]; Ivan Noble; February 14, 2002. George Soros makes a big donation to support open publication of scientific documents. Slashdot commentary: George Soros Funds Open-Publishing Software
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-Cutting Out the Middle Men in Scientific Publishing
[10 hits, 0 votes, Average Rating 0] [Added: 9th Oct 2001]

Slashdot; October 9, 2001. A brewing controversy. Get started with the links and commentary here.
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-Scholarly Reviews Through the Web
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,i>New York Times; Sarah Milstein; August 12, 2002.

But over the last few years, about a dozen companies have developed Web-based peer-review programs that aim to reduce turnaround time, postage bills and workload by automating and tracking the process. Industry observers estimate that 30 percent of scholarly publishers which include commercial houses, academic presses and nonprofit associations have adopted the online systems. Software makers and publishers themselves say that nearly all will do so within the next several years.

Although electronic systems can be costly to install, and people sometimes resist learning to use them, publishers may have to adopt them to stay competitive. For most journals, rapid review is critical to attract leading authors who value being the first to publish research in their specialty. In addition, publishing the best papers helps journals secure a good reputation and ensure a large subscription base, which can also draw advertisers.

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