I second the recommendation.  I have a personal subscription to New Scientist, and while it is a little pricier, I think around $100, it is great for a weekly read. 


There is a an aggregator of blogs that cover peer-reviewed science publications, I think mostly written by academics, but often given popular treatment, at http://researchblogging.org/.  I haven't vetted this set of blogs, but it might be worth a link, if a free electronic resource would do the trick.  This is what they say about themselves:  This is the news blog for ResearchBlogging.org, which strives to identify serious academic blog posts about peer-reviewed research with an aggregation site where others can look to find the best academic blogging on the Net.



Nat Gustafson-Sundell

Librarian, Electronic Resources and Collection Analysis Department

Northwestern University Library

1970 Campus Drive Evanston, IL 60208-2300


phone: 847-467-1090

email: n-gustafson-sundell@northwestern.edu




From: SERIALST: Serials in Libraries Discussion Forum [mailto:SERIALST@list.uvm.edu] On Behalf Of Williams, Mary Welch
Sent: Thursday, October 01, 2009 11:56 AM
Subject: Re: [SERIALST] Alternatives to Science News and Scientific American



I really like New Scientist.  Concerned with science and technology, it covers many topics briefly, fewer in depth, and is accessible.  I don’t have a science degree, but I once had to do undergraduate science collection development and it was handy for book reviews.  Plus, it was just enjoyable leisure reading.  I recommend it.


It’s pricier than Science News, but it’s a weekly.  Go to their website and have a look - www.newscientist.com.


In the interest of full disclosure, I do not now, nor have I ever had, any relationship with New Scientist further than reading.






Mary Williams (mwill108@uthsc.edu)

Serials Librarian

University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Library and Biocommunications Center

877 Madison Avenue, Room 250

Memphis, TN 38163


Phone: (901) 448-5154

FAX: (901) 448-5402



From: SERIALST: Serials in Libraries Discussion Forum [mailto:SERIALST@list.uvm.edu] On Behalf Of Mitchell, Meg
Sent: Thursday, October 01, 2009 10:05 AM
Subject: [SERIALST] Alternatives to Science News and Scientific American


I don’t think I’ve seen this question in the discussion.

Does anyone know of an equivalent journal? One that covers several scientific areas and has short articles that still have some serious material. Our school serves a range of students and Science News is a good one for those just beginning to attempt college work. But certainly doesn’t have enough material to justify that price when they also take advertising.

Meg Mitchell

Chestnut Hill College

Philadelphia, PA