Scholarly Publishing Principles (fwd) Fytton Rowland 08 Jun 2000 14:53 UTC

This looks interesting.    Fytton.

>Date:         Wed, 7 Jun 2000 09:57:27 -0500
>Sender:       Open Lib/Info Sci Education Forum <JESSE@LISTSERV.UTK.EDU>
>From:         Susan Searing <searing@ALEXIA.LIS.UIUC.EDU>
>Subject:      Scholarly Publishing Principles (fwd)
>Messages to jESSE: [reply, or]
>         to Moderator: []
>         to Sender: [take e-mail address from message below]
>Info on jESSE: []
>Not too long ago, this list discussed the cost of LIS journals and what
>actions, if any, LIS authors should take to counter the rising costs.
>The "Principles for Emerging Systems of Scholarly Publishing" addresses
>this issue head-on.
>The principles are at: <>
>An article about them in the _Chronicle of Higher Education_ is at:
>[subscriber password required]
>Extract from the _Chronicle_ story:
>One of the more controversial recommendations calls on professors to
>"refrain from submitting their work and assigning
>copyright to expensive journals when high quality inexpensive publication
>outlets are available." The framers of the principles
>know that is asking a lot. "If you're an assistant professor up for tenure
>and the most prestigious journal is a commercial journal,
>then that's where you have to publish," lacking an alternative, said the
>A.A.U.'s Mr. Vaughn.
>That's why the agreement urges faculty members, universities, and
>disciplinary societies to experiment with alternatives. Many
>already are making forays into electronic publishing to offer lower-priced
>alternatives to the expensive journals. Last May, for
>example, the chemical society began publishing, in print and on the Web,
>Organic Letters, a journal intended to compete with
>Tetrahedron Letters, published by Reed Elsevier. Organic Letters costs
>$2,438 a year for 26 issues, a third the price of
>Tetrahedron Letters, a weekly. (See an article from The Chronicle, July 1,
>"The control of academic output cannot be in the hands of a few commercial
>publishers who are seeking to exploit a narrow and profitable market
>niche," Mr. Webster said.
>I hope LIS educators are following these developments, which are going to
>affect the core services and collections of academic libraries.

Fytton Rowland, M.A., Ph.D., F.I.Inf.Sc., Lecturer,
Deputy Director of Undergraduate Programmes and
Programme Tutor for Publishing with English,
Department of Information Science,
Loughborough University,
Loughborough, Leics LE11 3TU, UK.

Phone +44 (0) 1509 223039   Fax +44 (0) 1509 223053